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

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 (991) Turbo S - PDK - Coupe

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    Finished in Seal Grey Metallic and with a Full Porsche Centre and Porsche Specialist Service History this is a rare opportunity to acquire an appreciating 996 Carrera 4S. The car is currently undergoing preparation and will be available soon

    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 996 CARRERA 4 S 2004

    £25,995 £25,995

    We are pleased to offer this Porsche 996 Carrera 4S in Midnight Blue Metallic with Full Metropol Blue Leather, Bose Sound System, Aluminium Look Pack and Parking Assistance. The vehicle has just one keeper from new and benefits from a full Porsche Centre service history

    • Mileage: 72000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 997 CARRERA S 3.8 Coupe 2006

    £30,995 £30,995

    2006 PORSCHE 911 (997) 3.8 Carrera S Coupe, Tiptronic, 32,300 miles, Basalt Black Metallic, Full Grey Leather, Sports Chrono, PASM, PCM.;;HIGH DEFINITION PHOTO GALLERY:;To view, click the following link:-;*to follow shortly.;;CSC and present for sale this Immaculate, low mileage 997 Carrera S with a great specification in classic Basalt black metallic with contrasting grey leather. The car is in outstanding condition throughout and;Comes with a nice specification and options including Sports Chrono, PASM, PCM system and Sports Exhaust.;;SPECIFICATION:;2006;32,300 miles;C16 – UK Specification vehicle;LC 9Z – Basalt Black metallic paintwork;249 – Tiptronic S transmission ;342 – Electrically heated seats;425 – Rear window wiper;431 – Smooth leather multi-function steering wheel;567 – Top Tint Windscreen;610 – DVD Navigation;635 – Park Assist (rear);640 – Sport Chrono Plus;666 – PCM Phone module;670 – PCM 2 Navigation;692 – CD Multi-Changer;;EXTERNAL FEATURES INCLUDE:;Carrera S wide body;19 inch Carrera S alloy wheels;Litronic Headlamps;Sports exhaust system;Reverse Parking Sensors;;INTERIOR FEATURES INCLUDE:;Full Grey Leather;Sports Chrono;5 Speed Tiptronic S gearbox;Climate Control;Satellite Navigation;Power Assisted Steering;Anti-lock Brakes;Traction Control;Front and Side Airbags;Trip Computer;Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM);Porsche Communications System (PCM);Electric windows and mirrors;Fitted over carpet mats;;PERFORMANCE:;Engine: 3.8 24valve flat six;Power: 355bhp;Acceleration:0-62mph – 5.4 seconds;Top Speed: 177 mph (where legal)!;;HISTORY:;This C16 UK Specification 997 was first registered on 7th March 2006. The current owner purchased the car in September 2013 with the former keeper being the owner of a Porsche Centre in London. ;;The service records shows the following servicing and maintenance:- ;;DatemileageLocation;03/03/0811,735Porsche Centre Cambridge;17/04/1014,370Independent ;17/12/1215,263Porsche Centre Byfleet;12/02/1419,395Independent;22/07/1526,522Independent;30/06/1630,980 Independent;13/12/16 32,350Porsche Centre Chester;;The car will be sold with a fresh OPC service and check over. As well as the Service book showing scheduled service work, there are various maintenance and service receipts from independent and specialist garages and an MOT history from the last few years to confirm the low mileage.;;The current MOT runs until 13th February 2017 and shows no advisories at the last check, and the car will be sold with a fresh 12 months MOT.;The car is off course HPi Hpi clear, and comes with the owner’s document wallet containing the various owner’s handbooks and service details, and the car comes with two sets of keys.;;SUMMERY:;This fantastic low mileage 997 Carrera S offers classic 911 style and performance for an amazing price and will not disappoint.;;PRICE:;GBP 30,995 including 3 months warranty;;Card Payments Taken;Part Exchange Welcome;

    • Mileage: 32300 mi
    • Engine size: 3.824
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  • Porsche 911

    £59,900 £59,900

    Variant name:Carrera Coupe Carrera FH ,Derivative:Carrera FH ,Variant: Genuine Collector's Example, Low Mileage, Low Ownership, Excellent Service File presented in Outstanding Condition Throughout John Holland Winner of Dealer's Dealer of the Year at the National Car Dealer Awards 2014/15 is delighted to offer for sale this truly beautiful and collectable Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera. Only a physical inspection of this vehicle will allow you to understand how stunning this vehicle is and how well this car has been looked after. Previously supplied by ourselves to a fastidious collector this stunning 911 Carrera is presented in iconic Guards Red with Metropole Blue Leather Interior and Original Black Fuchs Alloy Wheels. Specification includes Rear Wiper, Front and Rear Spoilers, Headlight Washers, Electric Sunroof. Front Fog lights, Electric Front Windows. Presented in wonderful condition both inside and out and has a excellent service record to match. Originally supplied by Monarch Porsche in Warwick back in 1985 and serviced by them all the way up to 1989, Serviced at 1024 Miles, 5486 Miles, 10634 Miles, 24821 Miles. Then at Birmingham Porsche at 46775 Miles. Serviced then at Porsche Strasse at 53291 Miles and at 54570 Miles. In 03/2007 the car had a service at Porsche Leeds where the speedo was also replaced which is all documented. The final services for the last 4 years have been done at Statller Porsche Specialist in Sheffield at 57849 Miles, 57864 Miles, 57942 Miles, 58010 Miles. Supplied with 2 keys and all original owners manuals and wallet. John Holland has been established for over 40 years supplying a premium level of service in the sale of sports, prestige and collectors cars. We have a team of experienced buyers who hand pick our cars from all parts of the uk so you can buy with confidence. All vehicles are HPI Clear and prepared to the highest standard, full dealer facilities available call the sales team for further information.

    • Year: 1985
    • Mileage: 58847 mi
    • Engine size: 3.2
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  • PORSCHE 911 TURBO 33 HXC 2002

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    ** FOR SALE **;;A fantastic 5 digit dateless cherished number plate.;;33 HXC ;;All DVLA fees paid to assign the number plate to any vehicle regardless of age.;;Purchasing 33 HXC, or adding it to your own car, or a car you buy from us is a very straightforward process. ;;Contact us for more information.

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    Cherished Plate for sale. VXW 911. Comes with transfer fees included. Perfect for any Porsche 911 Owner! Contact us for further details on 01206 728888. WWW.GEORGEKINGSLEY.CO.UK - PRESTIGE & PERFORMANCE SPECIALIST - 3 PORSCHE 911'S IN STOCK CURRENTLY. (please note this advert is for a personalised plate - NOT A CAR)

    • Mileage: 1 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
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  • Porsche 911

    £24,990 £24,990

    19'' Carrera S Wheels, Satellite navigation system, Sport seats, PCMWe are pleased to offer this 2011 Porsche 997 C2S Convertible for sale. Presented in the favoured colour combination of Basalt black with matching black leather interior and hood.The specification on this car includes, Carrera alloys, cruise control, satellite navigation, psm and heated seats.The car comes complete with a stack of invoices for work carried out, with much recent expenditure, all done by Porsche or the well known specialist Project 9.A triple black Porsche convertible in excellent order with great maintenance for under £27,000, this has to be one of the bargains of the year., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
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  • Porsche 911

    £19,000 £19,000

    Boxster Red Leather, Climate Control, Multiple Airbags, PCM 2, Phone Module, Sat Navigation, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Front Centre Armrest, Electric Seats, PSM, Red Calipers, Crested Centre Caps, 18'' Turbo Alloys, Rear Spoiler, Bose, Factory Audio, Factory Alarm, 4x4, Full main dealer service history Excellent Wide Body 996 C4S, Full Porsche Main Dealer History. 12 Months Premium Warranty Included.

    • Mileage: 107000 mi
    • Engine size: 3600
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    £26,990 £26,990

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    • Mileage: 60000 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
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  • Porsche 911

    £94,990 £94,990

    Xenon Headlamps, Bluetooth, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Cruise Control, Parking Sensors, Satellite Navigation, Start/Stop, Driver Memory, DAB Radio, 4x4 Porsche 911 Targa 4S 3.8 PDK Automatic registered May 2014 finished in Dark Blue Metallic with Full Luxor Beige Leather interior, Burmester High-End Surround Sound System, Porsche Keyless Entry and Drive, 18 Way Electric Adaptive Heated Sports Seats Plus with Driver Memory, Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with Porsche Dynamic Light System, ParkAssist with Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Porsche Communication Management with Satellite Navigation, Telephone Module, DAB Radio, Sports Tailpipes, Porsche Vehicle Tracking System, Top Tinted Windscreen, Floor Mats, Leather Interior Package with Leather Trim Dashboard; Door Panel; Centre Console and Transmission Tunnel, Anti Dazzle Mirrors, Air Intake Grilles Painted, Wheel Centres, Start/Stop, Full Porsche Service History at Leeds on 22/03/16 at 4,164. Finance available on request - subject to status and terms. Ask about our Company Directors packages. Fully Valeted; UK Wide Delivery Available; Part Exchange Welcome.

    • Mileage: 7250 mi
    • Engine size: 3800
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