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Porsche 911: Buying guide and review (1963-1973)

Porsche 911: Buying guide and review (1963-1973) Classic and Performance Car
They look fantastic, they’re great to drive, they’re competitive in historic motor sport, they’re tough and reliable and they have that indefinable ‘cool’ factor. Pre-impact bumper Porsche 911s are wonderful machines, but prices vary wildly according to the model and it’s easy to get into expensive trouble.  
 
Which one to buy?
 
The pre-1965 911 dominates historic rallying and the RS Carrera is prefect for top-end road events such as Tour Auto – but prices are sky-high. Next down is the 911S, in many ways more useable than the RS, but prices have risen sharply over the last few years. But the lower-powered models, like the 911T and 911E, still offer the 911 looks and driving experience, for much less money. They’re not nearly as quick but they’re a lot of fun.  
 
The other dividing factory between models is down to wheelbase: the tail-happy nature of the early cars is well known but when the rear trailing arms were extended to increase the wheelbase, handling was improved to the extent that few will be caught out. 
 
Have we missed anything? Yes; you’re thinking you want a coupé, right? But early soft-window Targas are super-rare, and later Targas offer open-top motoring without a typical convertible’s wind noise. Although prices have been rising just as quickly as the Coupes, they’re still relatively great value… 
 
If you want a hassle-free 911 then go for a mechanical fuel-injection car, because carburettors go out of balance. But carburettor cars are nippy through the gears and sound better.
 
Service history adds to value and so does interesting provenance. A lot of cars have been restored badly many years ago but every now and again virtually untouched 911s turn up. They’re the ones to go for.   
 
Looking for a different Porsche 911 variant?
 
Whether it’s simply down to budget constraints, a desire for more impressive handling capabilities or simply personal preference, there are plenty of options from the later 911 variants:
 
 
Performance and specs
 
1969 Porsche 911E
Engine 2195cc, 12 valve flat-six 
Power 153bhp @ 6200rpm 
Torque 141lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed 137mph 
0-62mph 8.0 seconds 
Fuel consumption 18mpg
Gearbox Five-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2268mm
Length 4163mm
Width 1610mm
Height 1320mm
Kerb weight 1020kg
 
Common problems
 
• Even the earliest 911s are relatively reliable, or at least have the potential to be. But if a 911 has been neglected, sooner or later you’ll pay for that neglect. 

• Before anything else, look for extensive service records – oil changes every 3000 miles are crucial. 

• Watch the oil pressure closely. From cold it should be 40-60psi; once hot it will go up and down with the revs, and should be around 40psi at 4000rpm. 

• Fumes in the cabin may be due to oil on the heat exchangers, which may burn off, but make sure the heater works – replacement heat exchangers are expensive. 

• Try fast gearchanges, particularly from second to third – a crunch means worn synchro and an expensive rebuild. Vague gearshifting is usually easily fixed with replacement bushes.  

• Rust can be a big problem. Look for bubbles on the B-post, around the door latch, a sure sign of big problems below: the ‘kidney bowl’ panels, sills, jacking points and inner wing could be affected. 

• Feel around under all the arches, check the sunroof aperture, the underside of the parcel shelf (from inside the engine bay), the front edge of the boot under the spare wheel and all the usual extremities. Most but not all panels are available. 

• The Porsche factory supports early 911s really well, and its replacement body panels are high quality but expensive. Non-genuine panels may be half the price but can take three or four times longer to fit.

• Some pattern parts are worth having though, and a good specialist will advise you which are worth buying. Remember that you can end up paying hundreds for minor parts such as rear lights, bumper trims, seats and even door pockets – you have been warned! 
 
Model history
 
1963: 911 launched at Frankfurt. 
1964: First production 911 on sale, 130bhp, 2.0-litre. 
1966: Targa introduced, initially with fold-down soft rear window. 
1966: 911S, with 170bhp, Fuchs alloys, vented discs, anti-roll bars. 
1967: 110bhp 911T and 130bhp 911L replace original 911.   
1967: Sportmatic added to range. 
1968: Targa gets fixed rear window. 
1968: New ‘B-series’ version with longer wheelbase. 110bhp 911T on carbs, 140bhp 911E and 170bhp 911S, both with fuel injection. 
1969: Part-galvanised bodies, 2.2-litre engine, 125bhp 911T, 155bhp 911E, 180bhp 911S. 
1971: 2.4-litre 130bhp 911T, 165bhp 911E, 190bhp 911S, stronger Type 915 gearbox.  
1972: 911 Carrera RS introduced, with 2.7-litre 210bhp engine. 
1973: Impact-bumpers introduced.
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.porscheclubgb.com – UK-based Porsche owners club and forums
• www.porscheshop.co.uk – Porsche 911 parts for sale
 
Summary and prices
 
There’s still the chance to buy a pre-impact bumper 911 for ‘reasonable’ money. But if you want to be competitive in motor sport, you will need to spend a lot more – and you need to consult the experts to avoid being sold a fake. It’s much easier to buy the lower-powered models but the catch is that a 2.4T, for example, will cost the same to restore as an RS. 
 
The biggest danger lies in the middle ground, cars that are perhaps a little scruffy around the edges. You will usually be better off with the best, most original car you can find, maybe settling for a great T or E rather than an average S, for example. Or buy the worst car and budget for a high-quality restoration. Crucially, make sure the car you buy has all the right bits. 
 
But what should you expect to pay? The very earliest 2.0-litre short-wheelbase 911 is a desirable car, and can command anywhere between £30,000-£85,000 for a great example. The later L and T models range from £17,000-£55,000 with the slightly more special E models fetching around £5000 more. 
 
Further up the pecking order is the more tuned up 911S, with prices ranging from £75,000-£150,000 and early SWB cars commanding even more than the later versions. The ultimate is of course the 2.7-litre Carrera RS, which regularly sell for more than £500,000 today. The lightweight cars built for racing are even more valuable, so expect to pay more than £700,000 for one of these today. Prices for all 911s are continuing to rise however, and many dealers will be selling cars for significantly more than these figures. 
 
While we love the RS and the S, prices have gone mad, and there’s a lot to be said for instead spending your money on a super example of a lower-powered model. Any pre-impact bumper 911 can be used everyday, or for touring holidays – and it will always look great.  
Last updated: 15th Mar 2016
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  • Porsche 911

    £49,995 £49,995

    Variant: C4S Widebody Coupe Manual At Porsche Centre Dublin this stunning 911 C4S Widebody (4 WHEEL DRIVE) Manual. Specification includes the following. DARK BLUE METALLIC PAINT. SAND BEIGE EXTENDED LEATHER PACKAGE. ALCANTARA ROOF LINING. 19 INCH SPORT DESIGN WHEELS.FULL COLOUR WHEEL CENTRES. REAR WIPER. BI XENON HEADLIGHTS. PARK ASSIST REAR. PORSCHE COMMUNICATION MODULE INCLUDING NAVIGATION. BOSE SURROUND SOUND SYSTEM. SPORTS SEATS. WINDSCREEN WITH TOP TINT. SPORTS STEERING WHEEL IN SMOOTH FINISH LEATHER. PORSCHE ACTIVE SUSPENSION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (PASM). ELECTRONIC CLIMATE CONTROL/AIR CON. 2 YEAR PORSCHE WARRANTY /ASSISTANCE. Porsche Centre Dublin 01 2353375. Afterhours contact Mark Kelly 0877747871.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 119128 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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    Joe Duffy - JDM Group-Porsche Centre Dublin
  • 2006 Porsche 911 TURBO Turbo Tiptronic S

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    METALLIC BASALT BLACK, ELECTRIC MEMORY SEATS WITH EXTENDED LEATHER PACK ON DASHBOARD AND DOOR TRIMS, FULL SPECIFICATION INCLUDES CHRONO PACK,6 CD, BOSE SOUND UPGRADE, REAR PARK ASSIST, PORSCHE POLISHED 19 INCH ALLOYS , CRUISE CONTROL, ELECTRIC SUNROOF WITH DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL, ALCANTARA HEADLINING, TURBO ILLUMINATED DOOR ENTRY SILLS, PORSCHE SATELLITE NAVIGATION WITH SIM INSERT, MF LEATHER STEERING WHEEL, ARMREST, AUTOMATIC ADAPTIVE XENON LIGHTS, PSM, ASM. FULL PORSCHE SERVICE HISTORY FROM NEW..

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  • Porsche 911 "4S" 3.8

    £36,000 £36,000

    (08 - 2008) 355bhp 67,000 miles Meteor grey with black leather 3.8 litre "S" model 4 wheel drive 6 speed manual gearbox Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 2) Telephone module Bose sound upgrade Multifunction steering wheel Heated seats Cruise control Rear wiper Electric sunroof Rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 19 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 67000 mi
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  • 2015 GT3 RS

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    20" GT3 RS Alloys, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Front Axle Lifting System, Sport Chrono Package Including Porsche Track Precision App & Preparation for Laptrigger, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) Including Navigation Module, Mobile Phone Preparation, Sound Package Plus, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Automatically Dimming Mirrors, Porsche VTS System, Harness & Fire Extinguisher, 1 Owner From New, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! 7 Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sports Tuning & Lowered Chassis, Sports Exhaust System, GT3 RS Alcantara Sports Steering Wheel With Shift Paddles, 2 Zone Automatic Climate Control, CDR Audio System, Universal Audio Interface (AUX), PIT Speed, Driving Light Assistant Including Automatic Coming Home Lights, Interior Lighting With Variable Dimming, LED Rear Lights, Electrically Adjustable & Heated Exterior Mirrors, Rear Axle Steering With Sports Tuning, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (PTM) With Race Track Mode, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus).

    • Mileage: 300 mi
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  • Porsche 911 3.8 Carrera 4S Convertible Gen II

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    The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic sports cars on the road, with its striking design combined with unrivalled build quality. In 2004 the 997 variant of the 911 was released and in 2008 this was face-lifted (997 Gen 2) giving it more power and incorporating a DFI engine. This particular example is the rare wide body 3.8 4S Convertible variant and has a fantastic specification over and above the standard. It has been fully prepared for sale by our award winning Porsche factory trained technicians to a very high level, so if you are in the market for a Generation 2 Carrera 4S Convertible then this is the one to buy! The service history is as follows: 11/01/2013 - Porsche Centre Glasgow @ 7895 miles 30/01/2015 - Independent Garage @ 15657 miles 02/02/2016 - Independent Garage @ 20263 miles 25/01/2017 - Independent Garage @ 23288 miles This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preparation standard. Black Leather PCM 3 - Touchscreen Sat Nav Bluetooth Phone Prep Sport Chrono Pack Plus BOSE Sound System Sports Seats Sports Tailpipes Short Shift Sport Design Front Apron Multifunction Steeri

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 25220 mi
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  • 2014 Carrera S

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    20" Carrera S Alloys, Porsche Communication Management 3 With Navigation Module & Telephone Module, Burmester Premium Sound System, Park Assist Front & Rear, Sport Chrono Package Plus, Cruise Control, Exterior Sliding Metal Roof, Bi-Xenon Headlights With Dynamic Cornering Lights, Fully Electric 14-Way Sports Seats With Memory Package, DAB Radio, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Door Mirrors, Adjustable Heated Front Seats, Interior Light Package, Automatically Dimming Interior & Exterior Mirrors With Integrated Rain Sensor Wipers, HomeLink With garage Door Opener, Full-Colourer Porsche Crest Wheel Hub Cover, Windscreen With Top Tint, ServoTronic, Floor Mats, Tyre Pressure Mentoring System, UK Supplied, Exceptional Example! Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) With Ride Height Lowered By 10 mm, Sport Button On Centre Console, Auto Start Stop Function, Universal Audio Interface (AUX), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Including Mechanical Rear Differential Lock, 2 Zone Automatic Climate Control, Windscreen With Grey Top Tint, Split Folding Rear Seats, Rooflining & A Pillar In Alcantara, Red Brake Calipers, Auto Deployable Rear Spoiler, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

    • Mileage: 17190 mi
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 996 CARRERA 2 2000

    £14,950 £14,950

    Arctic Silver Metallic;Grey Leather interior. ;2000 (W Reg);87,000 Miles;Manual Gearbox;;Options:;Air Conditioning / Climate Control;Anti Lock Brakes;BOSE Upgraded Sound System;Electric Mirrors;Electric Windows;Full Leather Interior;Headlamps Washing System;On- Board Computer;Power Assisted Steering;PSM - Porsche Stability Management;Rear Park Assist;Remote Central Locking;18" Porsche 5 Spoke Alloys;;JUST ARRIVED - An excellent value 996 Convertible with manual gearbox. The car has covered just 87,000 miles from new with a Full Service History. ;;For more information or to arrange a test drive please call Clive.;;All our cars are fully HPI checked and clear.;;Debit and Credit Cards Accepted .. Part Exchange Welcome .. Finance Arranged .. International Shipping Arranged.;;VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

    • Mileage: 87000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • Porsche 911

    £85,000 £85,000

    Bluetooth, Climate Control, Colour SatNav, Full Leather, Powered Folding Mirrors, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Immobiliser, Keyless Entry, Locking Wheel Nuts, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Tracker Fitted, Alcantara Leather, Colour Coded Interior, Electric Seats, Front Centre Armrest, Head Restraints, Heated Seats, Height Adjustable Seat, Lumbar Adjustment, Sports Seats, Adjustable Steering Column, Cruise Control, Multi-function Steering Wheel, Parking Sensors, Power Steering, Stability Control, Trip Computer, ABS, Air Bag, Brake Assist, Auto Lighting, Colour Coded Body, Front Fog Lamps, Headlamp Jetwash, Metallic Paintwork, Premium Cloth soft top, Rear Spoiler, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Power Hood, Bose, CD Player, MP3 Player, Radio, Stereo, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, 2 Keys, Complete Book Pack, Paddle Shift Gear Change, UK Specification, UK Supplied, Air Conditioning, Comms Pack, iPod Connectivity, Quick-Clear S This Vehicle is available to view at any one of our RAC Approved branches. For more information and to arrange a test drive please contact the Bishops Stortford branch on 01279 656000 or alternatively Kings Langley on 01923 270000. Part exchange welcome, Finance available regardless of your credit rating, all our cars are Hpi checked and are supplied with upto 3 years RAC Platinum Warranty and RAC GAP Insurance Available, www.totallytradedirect.co.uk

    • Mileage: 19000 mi
    • Engine size: 3800
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  • PORSCHE 911 “SERIES 0”

    €310,000(£277,016) €310,000(£277,016)

    AN EXTRAORDINARY UNRESTORED EXAMPLE WITH 62,030 MILES SINCE 1965, EVERYTHING IS STILL AS IT LEFT THE FACTORY 52 YEARS AGO Brand Porsche Type 911 “Series 0” Color Hell Elfenbein (6604) Interior Black “Pepita” Year of build 1965 Price € 310.000,- 1965 PORSCHE 911 Unrestored, completely in original condition and fully documented 1 of 1st. 280 Porsche 911’s built. A very sought after classic car these days A car which could fit in the Porsche factory museum Just 62.030 miles since 1965 The 911is so-called because it is the 911th design project since Porsche opened its doors in 1931—is also the first all-Porsche Porsche. The 356 was the first car to carry the Porsche name, although when it was con­ceived in 1948 it was little more than a souped-up, special-bodied version of an earlier Porsche design, the Volkswagen. The 911, while true to the 356’s basic configuration, is an entirely new and different car. The engine is again air-cooled, again hung out behind the rear axle, but it’s a single-overhead-cam six-cylinder where the 356 was a pushrod four-cylinder (and the Carrera a four-cam four-cylinder). The new body is far more handsome and the work of old Professor Porsche’s grandson, Fe

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche 911 "2S" 3.8 tip

    £35,000 £35,000

    (57 - 2007) 355bhp 41,000 miles Midnight blue with black leather 3.8 litre "S" model 2 wheel drive 5 speed tiptronic gearchange Climate control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) Active suspension (PASM) Satellite Navigation (PCM 2) Telephone module Sound plus 6 cd changer Heated seats Cruise control Multifunction steering wheel Rear parking sensors Litronic headlights 19 inch wheels

    • Mileage: 41000 mi
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  • Porsche 911 GT3 997 Clubsport

    £89,950 £89,950

    A lovely example in excellent condition. The car is well optioned to include: CLUBSPORT PACKAGE / FACTORY HALF ROLL CAGE / CARBON BACKED BUCKET SEATS / SAT NAV / SPORTS CHRONO PACKAGE / CRUISE CONTROL / CENTRE CONSOLE IN BODY COLOUR / FIRE EXTINGUISHER / RED SEAT BELTS. The car has an excellent service history, having been maintained solely by Porsche main agents when required. It will receive a further main dealer service prior to sale. It comes with 2 keys, original service book and handbooks. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please call or email us and we will be glad to assist. If you would like to know more about this vehicle, please contact us

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 911 996 Carrera 4S Tiptronic S

    £27,950 £27,950

    A lovely low mileage low owner 996 C4S Tip in great condition with very good history. It is finished in Arctic Silver with full Black leather interior. Spec includes: PCM NAV / BOSE STEREO / ALUMINIUM SPORTS STEERING WHEEL / ALUMINIUM DIAL SURROUND, HANDBRAKE LEVER + GEAR KNOB / REAR WIPER / REAR PARKING SENSORS / ELECTRIC SEATS / ALUMINIUM SILL PLATES. The car has a great service history, having been serviced exclusively by Porsche main agents (6 stamps) and Porsche specialists (4 stamps). It is on the 2 year service schedule but was serviced annually between 2006 and 2013 regardless of the low mileage being covered, and subsequently as per schedule. The last service was carried out in May 2017. It comes with 2 keys, original service book and handbooks, HPI clear certificate and fresh MOT. For more information or to arrange a viewing, please don't hesitate to call or email us. If you would like to know more about this vehicle, please contact us

    • Year: 2004
    • Mileage: 33200 mi
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  • Porsche 911 GT3 997 Clubsport

    £84,950 £84,950

    A great car in fantastic condition. We know the car extremely well as it has been personally owned since only a few months old by a Director of the business. We can attest to the fact that it has been fastidiously maintained, never crashed or had any paintwork and it has a clean rev range printout recently conducted by Porsche West London. It is finished in Carrara White with Black Nomex factory bucket seats and full Clubsport specification. Further spec includes PCM Nav and optional harnesses. It has very good service history having been serviced initially by Porsche then with acknowledged GT3 / RS experts Fearnsport subsequently. It has had only 2 owners from new, the most recent since 2008, and comes with its original service book, handbooks and other documentation. A lovely original example ready for a new home. For further information or to arrange a viewing, please feel free to call or email us. If you would like to know more about this vehicle, please contact us

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 39500 mi
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  • Porsche 911 993 Carrera 2S Tiptronic S

    £72,950 £72,950

    A fantastic 993 C2S Widebody Coupe. It has had just 4 owners from new, the most recent since 2004. It has a great service history, having been serviced by Porsche main dealers from new, including a recent one. The car is finished in Arctic Silver metallic over full Black Leather and still retains its original Porsche stereo. Other features include: SUNROOF / AIR CONDITIONING / TIPTRONIC S GEARBOX / REAR WIPER. A great deal of time and money has just been put in to the car to bring it up to top condition, including an engine rebuild to rectify oil leaks, new brake discs and pads all round, new exhaust brackets, HT leads, gearbox oil service, rectification of all paint defects and much more. For more information on the car or to arrange a viewing, please call or email us and we will be pleased to assist. If you would like to know more about this vehicle, please contact us

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 63000 mi
    For sale
  • 2007 Porsche 911 Tiptronic Cabriolet

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    Basalt black metallic, Black full leather leather interior, Porsche factory Sat Nav, Porsche Stability Management, 19in Alloys, Computer, Full Porsche service history, Full engine rebuild by Eporsch in 2016, Climate Control, Porsche Factory Security System, Very good condition throughout, HPI clear…..6 MONTH IN-HOUSE PARTS & LABOUR WARRANTY INCLUDED, CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE. FULL SERVICING FACILITIES FOR YOUR PORSCHE – CALL US ON 01483 79924

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 40000 mi
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  • 2003 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet w/ Hardtop

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    Lapis blue metallic, Graphite Grey leather interior, Full leather including rear seats, dash & doors, Porsche factory Sat Nav (PCM 2) , Porsche Stability Management, Body-coloured Factory hardtop, 18in Carrera Alloys, Computer, Full Porsche service history, Serviced at 8, 17, 26, 34, 42, 55, 60, 63, 68, 69, 71k miles, Last serviced May 2017, Other equipment includes 3-spoke Steering wheel, Climate Control, Porsche Factory Security System, 18in Carrera alloys, CDC3 6 Disc Changer, Very good condition throughout, HPI clear…..6 MONTH IN-HOUSE PARTS & LABOUR WARRANTY INCLUDED, CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED, VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT PLEASE. FULL SERVICING FACILITIES FOR YOUR PORSCHE – CALL US ON 01483 799245

    • Year: 2003
    • Mileage: 71000 mi
    For sale
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