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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

    £116,990 £116,990

    Variant name:[991] Targa 4 GTS ,Derivative:GTS ,Variant: GTS 2dr PDK Porsche 911 GTS 2dr PDK

    • Year: 2015
    • Mileage: 4361 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Porsche 911

    £21,990 £21,990

    PCM, 19'' Carrera S Wheels, Sports suspension, Heated front seats, Multi function steering wheelVVS offer this 2007 Porsche 911 997 Carrera S Tiptronic S 3.8 presnted in Cobalt blue metallic with metropole blue full leather interior. A lovely spec car with 19 inch Carerra S alloys, multi function steering wheel, PCM navigation, rear park assist, sports suspension, cruise control and heated seats. Full Porsche service history and in superb order. Please note this car is a Cat D and part exchange to clear rules apply, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 45000 mi
    • Engine size: 3824
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  • Porsche 911

    £54,995 £54,995

    Variant name:[997] Gt Coupe GT3 ,Derivative:GT3 ,Variant: GT3 997 Finished in Basalt black metallic with full black interior OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR Club Sport Package Carbon Ceramic brakes PCCB Top tint windscreen Yellow Seat Belts Floor mats Lightweight bucket seats PCM satellite navigation Bi xenon headlights Tracking system Porsche warranty STANDARD FEATURES Yellow Brake Callipers Climate control This stunning Porsche 911 GT3 997 is offered in excellent condition with an exemplary provenance and service history, a total of 11 services carried out, 4 more than required, all services have been carried out with Porsche and a renowned Porsche GT Specialist. Completley clear rev check carried out January 2017 showing over 3000 hours usage. The previous Porsche enthusiast owner has maintained the official Porsche warranty throughout ownership since 2011, the warranty is still valid until September 2017. The GT3 997 natural aspirated 3.6, one of the most focused road going cars using race technology born through Porsche motorsport, delivering the unmistakable connection, feel, and driving experience associated with the manual transmission, a true future classic. Our GT3 belies its mileage, a true one off and must be seen to be believed, SERVICING RECORDS 17/082009 at 5038 miles - Porsche 15/072010 at 5866 miles - Porsche 15/08/2011 at 9113 miles - Porsche 20/02/2012 at 25633 miles - Porsche Specialist 23/08/2012 at 43195 miles - Porsche Specialist 05/02/2013 at 56009 miles - Porsche Specialist 12/08/2013 at 70804 miles - Porsche Specialist 25/02/2014 at 86250 miles - Porsche Specialist 19/12/2014 at 106566 miles - Porsche Specialist 01/09/2015 at 122191 miles - Porsche 15/07/2016 at 141418 miles - Porsche Specialist

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 148800 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • PORSCHE 911 MK 997 CARRERA 4 TIPTRONIC S 2007

    £35,950 £35,950

    Basalt Black metallic with Black leather and Black power hood.;Only 31000mls from new with full service history.;Excellent spec includes the following:;Tiptronic Auto transmission with manual option,19in Turbo look alloys with coloured centres,PCM with extended Sat Nav module.Climate control,Electric seats with driver's memory.,Bose sound system and CDC-4 multi changer,Bluetooth connectivity,Park Assist,Leather door finishers,Aluminium instrument surrounds,White dials,Chrome plated s/steel tailpipes,Cobra Navtrak and all usual refinements of this model.;A beautiful low mileage C4S Convertible that has been cherished and maintained to a very high standard.;Sold with all original books/manuals,tools,two keys,HPI report and our own 6m nationwide mechanical breakdown warranty.

    • Mileage: 31000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.824
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  • PORSCHE 911 GT3 GT3 2008

    £83,995 £83,995

    Porsche GT3, Sat Nav, Sports Chrone, Anthracite Black Seats and Steering Wheel, 23k Miles, 2 Keys, Good Tyre's, Sunroof as extra. Deliver and Finance Available, PX Welcome Private Reg included in the sale.

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
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  • Porsche 911

    £39,944 £39,944

    Variant name:[997] Targa 4 S ,Derivative:S ,Variant: S Tiptronic S Finished in GT silver metallic with full black leather interior OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR PCM satellite navigation 19" Sport Classic alloy wheels Sports steering wheel BOSE surround sound system Sports exhaust system Centre console painted exterior colour Adaptive sport seats Tiptronic transmission Heated seats Rear park assist Auto dimming mirrors Gen II headlights and tail lights Stainless steel door sills Painted sill covers Colour Porsche crest wheel centre Porsche floor mats Top tint windscreen Porsche crest embossed on headrests STANDARD FEATURES 19” Carrera S alloy wheels Electric glass panoramic glass targa roof Bi Xenon headlights Porsche stability management (PASM) Red brake calipers Extended leather Information centre Climate control Our stunning 4 wheel drive 997 Targa is presented in excellent condition and has covered 55200 miles. This car comes complete with a full Porsche main dealer service history. C4S

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 55200 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Porsche 911

    £62,995 £62,995

    Variant name:CARRERA PDK ,Derivative:CARRERA PDK ,Variant: 3.4 CARRERA CABRIOLET PDK 2013 '13' reg with 30,311 miles. Carrera White with Black Leather, Sports Chrono Package, PDK Double Clutch Gearbox with Paddle Shift, Sports Exhaust, 20' Carrera S Wheels in Satin PLatinuim, Park Assist Front and Rear, Mobile Phone Preparation, Sport Design Steering Wheel, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, Cruise Control, Power Steering Plus, Porsche Crested Wheel Centres. Beautiful Condition and Full Porsche Service History.

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 30331 mi
    • Engine size: 3.4
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  • Porsche 911

    £94,995 £94,995

    Variant name:[991] Carrera Coupe ,Variant: 2dr PDK Porsche 911 2dr PDK Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor BOSE® Surround Sound-System Cruise control Electric slide/tilt glass sunroof Floor mats Heated multifunction steering wheel LED main headlights in black including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+) Park Assist (front and rear) Porsche Crest embossed on headrests Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear window) Seat heating Smoking package Sport Chrono Package including mode switch Sport Design exterior mirror lower trims painted in Black (high-gloss) Sport Design exterior mirrors Sports exhaust system Sports seats Plus (4-way, electric) Steering code model designation rear painted Tinted taillights Wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest Wheels painted in Black (high-gloss) 20-inch Carrera Sport wheels

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 15 mi
    • Engine size: 3
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  • Porsche 911

    £17,395 £17,395

    Price Includes OAKWOODS TOTAL CARE See Main Advert, Porsche Communication Management PCM with NAV Mod, Just Had Over 1,000 Spent on Service Tyres Brakes, Partial ELECTRIC and HEATED Front Seats, CHEAP Road Tax Just 285 Per Year, Recently NEW Pirelli P Zero Tyres, Ready For Immediate Same Day Collection, Air Conditioning, Recent New Brakes, Detailed Service History with Invoices , Electric Seats, Cruise Control, Unmarked Gunmetal Grey Alloy Wheels, Tracker Security System, Power Hood, Full Service History, Full Leather, Full Set of Keys, Heated Seats, Just MOT'd, Just Serviced, Sports Seats, Tracker Fitted, UK Specification, UK Supplied, Service history SERVICE HISTORY..20th August 2004 - Porsche Service - Porsche Centre Glasgow - 10,164 Mls..15th February 2005 - Porsche Service - Porsche Centre Liverpool - 21,337 Mls..16th August 2006 - Porsche Service + VOSA MOT Test - Porsche Centre Glasgow - 37,894 Mls..14th August 2007 - Porsche Service - Porsche Centre Glasgow - 42,089 Mls..8th May 2012 - Annual Service - Independent Dealer, Glasgow - 78,322 Mls..24th September 2012 - Annual Oil Service - Independent Specialist, Edinburgh - 80,948 Mls..30th September 2013 - Major Service + Spark Plugs + Brake Fluid Change + Air Filters + Pollen Filter + Aux Belt + New Front and Rear Brakes - Porsche Independent Specialist, Edinburgh - 87,523 Mls..10th February 2014 - VOSA MOT Test + New Lower Suspension Arms + New Rear Track Arm - Porsche Independent Specialist, Edinburgh - 88,855 Mls..March 2015 - Annual Service + New Front and Rear Brake Pads and Discs + VOSA MOT Test + Water Pump + Coffin Arm - Independent Porsche Specialist, Glasgow - 92,899 Mls....**OAKWOODS TOTAL CARE PACKAGE**..Our WEBSITE Price INCLUDES our TOTAL CARE PACKAGE which comprises of the following items:..NEW VOSA MOT + Comprehensive Pre Sale Vehicle INSPECTION + Oil Service..24 Month NATIONAL, UNLIMITED MILEAGE, Premier PLUS Warranty, UNLIMITED CLAIMS with NO EXCESS, 2,000 pounds Per Claim Limit, FREE Power Hood Cover, Redeemable at ANY VAT registered UK Garage, Up to 60 days EUROPEAN Cover..Official HPI Check + Quarter tank of FUEL + PROFESSIONAL Vehicle Valet (Int

    • Mileage: 94000 mi
    • Engine size: 3596
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  • Porsche 911

    £128,995 £128,995

    Variant name:[991] Gt Coupe GT3 ,Derivative:GT3 ,Variant: GT3 PDK Finished in Racing yellow, black leather and Alcantara interior with extended leather stitched to doors and dash OPTIONAL FEATURES FITTED TO THIS CAR Club sport pack to include rear roll cage, preparation for battery master switch, six point racing harness for driver’s side and fire extinguisher. Lifting front axle system Porsche communications management (PCM) Porsche sound pack Bucket seats Mobile telephone preparation Six point racing harness for passenger seat Cruise control Privacy glas porsche extended warranty Top tint windscreen Porsche floor mats STANDARD FEATURES PDK 7 speed automatic transmission Switchable sports exhaust Automatic Bi Xenon headlights Electric adjustable seats PASM 20” Anthracite alloy wheels Alcantara sport design steering wheel The third generation GT3 991 has the most aggressive bodystyling yet, a deeper front bumper with a trio of large air intakes along with the huge rear spoiler. A direct injection 3.8-litre flat six that produces 468bhp at 8250rpm, launches the GT3 from 0 – 62mph in 3.5 seconds. Our stunning car is offered in exceptional condition and has covered only 12200 miles. Car comes complete with a full Porsche main dealer service history and balance of Porsches extended warranty until July 17

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 12200 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 911 MK 996 TURBO TIPTRONIC S 2003

    £37,950 £37,950

    Lapis Blue metallic with Ocean Blue leather.;Only 2 previous owners from new and 75000mls with a substantial Porsche main dealer and independent specialist service history.;Full specification includes:;Tiptronic 'S' Auto gearbox with manual option,18in Turbo alloys,Red calipers,Climate control,Electric heated seats with driver's memory,Sat Nav,Electric sunroof,Bose sound system,Alcantara headlining and Rear wiper.;Major service completed by a Porsche main dealer less than 1500 mls ago and in first class condition for its year.;Sold with all original books,manuals,tools,spare key and HPI report.

    • Mileage: 75000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.6
    For sale
  • Porsche 911

    £21,990 £21,990

    19 Inch Carrera 2 alloy wheels, electric heated seats, Multi function steering wheel, PCM, Bose, Sports suspensionVVS offer this 2005 Porsche Carrera 2 Tiptronic S, in Arctic silver with basalt black full leather interior, a superb spec car with 19 Inch Carrera 2 alloy wheels, Bose, PCM navigation, full electric heated memory seats, Xenons, sports suspension and multi function steering wheel. This car comes with a full service history and 2 sets of keys. Please note, part exchange to clear rules apply, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 88000 mi
    • Engine size: 3596
    For sale
  • Porsche 911

    £134,995 £134,995

    Variant: Carrera S Porsche Centre Dublin presents this 2014 Porsche 911 3.8 Carrera S. Optional extras include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Sports Exhaust, Sport Chrono, Dynamic Headlights, GT Steering wheel and a host of other features. To arrannge an appointment to view this vehicle please contact Sales on 01 235 3375.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
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