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Classic Porsche 911 - Surveys owners, repair and operation of 911 news stories and page model, sales and much more in our club fans and fans of the legendary series cars Porsche 911. All about 911-901, 930, 964, 993, 996 and new era 997 and 991-series.

If you're buying a used 911 as an investment, send me your address so that I can arrange a visit from the boys. Investors who never drive their 911s bring a word to mind. That word is 'pimp'. As 911 diehards, the boys don't like pimps, so when they arrive, make sure your engine is still warm, the exhaust system is making that tinkling noise and there is evidence in your tyres of some recently accomplished brisk cornering.

All 911s, from 1963 to this afternoon, share a characteristic 911 'feel', but that varies greatly in degree. Bog-standard used Coupes from the late 1970s or 1980s once delivered the goods for sensible money but they might demand some restoration work now.

Choosing a 911 is such a very personal matter. Just go for what you really want, get the best straight car you can find and look after it. Reliability is legendary but repairs can be costly.

My choice is currently the 993 Carrera 2 Coupe of 1993-98. Its predecessor, the 964, was respectable but dull. The 993's different, agile feel makes it terrific to drive and good ones go for less than £30,000 - this week, anyway.
It's the last air-cooled 911 model but so what? Later models lost nothing by being water-cooled. No, pick a 993 for its exhilarating agility, and its price.

A friend of mine paid £26,000 for a superb 1994 993 Carrera 2 in late 2013. He loves it, whether he's tootling about the shops or on a 300-mile blast through the remote Highlands of Scotland, where it truly excels. And that's no more than it deserves.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS
1973 // £500,000
The eternally great, ultimate development of the original 911 concept, it combines high performance and low weight with inch-perfect precision handling. Superb but the price of this model now, sir, is officially‘through the roof'. If you buy one, promise us you will use it.

On an autumn day in 1972 the salesman from Porsche GB came to visit our house. 'We're making a special car,' he told my father. 'Only 200 will be built, and we're offering them to our best clients first as demand is sure to be strong.' They built more than 1500 in the end, and demand was so great that, instead of management having to use them as company cars to use up unsold stock as expected, Porsche sold out the first batch of 500 immediately and had to build two more series.

Why the fuss? Because the RS is so much more than the sum of its parts. It was derived from the relatively humble 2.4S, but with flared rear arches and wider wheels (a 911 first), bored-out engine (at 2.7 litres Porsche's biggest road car motor to date), a rear spoiler (another first, and not just for Porsche, so initially illegal in some markets) and, last but not least, weight-loss that took the RS under the magic 1000kg in 'lightweight' trim.
The result: 150mph, 0-60mph in 5.0sec, handling to die for (and you would if you lifted off mid-comer) and a string of victories on every continent including rallies, Le Mans and the Targa Florio. Oh, and you can drive it to the shops.

Mine's been in the family for 42 years and has never once 'failed to proceed'. Beat that, Enzo...


Porsche 911 GT3 (997-series, generation II)
2009-12 // £80,000-120,000
The 997-series Generation II cars were terrific in their time and the naturally aspirated 997 GT3 was a hugely powerful, seriously fabulous machine, subtly better in fast corners than previous GT3 models.
A classic in waiting - bound to be a sound long-term investment.

Any brand new 911
2015 // From around £75,000
Admit it, they are absolutely brilliant. If you don’t want one, you should. Buy it, keep it, service it properly. One day, it will be a classic but, meanwhile, enjoy a few happy decades driving it. The best of all worlds.
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  • Carbon fibre. Wonderful site, keep up the great work! I wanted to send a brief note regarding the very interesting article on carbon fibre (CF) in the December 2014 issue. On page, there is a photo and small caption regarding the 2004 996 GT3 RS stating it was the first production Porsche to feature CF parts, noting the wing mirrors and rear wing. Please note the car also had a CF front deck lid. Prior to this car, it is worth noting three other times the factory used the material. For the 1993 model year, the factory made 86 of the wonderful #Porsche-911-Turbo-S-Leichtbau-964 , which also featured a full CF front deck lid. Understandably with only 86 made, it was not really a production car when compared to the 682 examples of the 2004 996 GT3 RS produced.

    Also, while the factory was ‘experimenting’ with early CF for the #Porsche-959 / #Porsche project in the early ’80s, prior to producing the 959, the factory made 21 of the rarest 911 RS model ever, the Group B rally car, the type 954 or ‘SCRS’. To the best of my knowledge, the SCRS was the first car to leave the Porsche factory with any form of carbon fibre… the rear bumper was made from a very early version of CF. While the front bumper was a nice quality fiberglass, not that different from the panels used on many R, RS and RSR cars preceding the SCRS, the rear bumper was a different material that they called ‘carbon reinforced fiberglass’. If you compare the front and rear bumpers of the SCRS the differences are clear, and of course, the goal of the SCRS was to be as light a car as possible, so every gram mattered. And at a price in 1983 of USA $79,000, double the cost of a period 930, they could afford to give the lucky racers whatever they wanted!

    The SCRS cars were all made in the fall of 1983 for the 1984 model year, and then the 959 was made in 1985 for the 1986 model year fully using the new material. Again, with under 300 of the type 959 made, I’m not sure if you can call it a production run or not… I think it would be considered a production run given the overall quantity produced. I thought your readers may want to know all of the above.
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