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    Hexagon’s Speedster and Carrera coupé are barely run in. Far right: Stephens’ lovely 1984 targa is £38k

    ‘Condition matters more than spec, and the market for good, well-maintained examples is still strong’

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    As we reported in July’s 911 feature, values of the Porsche 993 have well and truly taken off, but if you grew up in the ’80s, chances are that your notion of a ‘proper’ 911 will be the 1974-’1989 impact-bumper model.

    A trawl of the internet will turn up plenty of well-used examples starting at around £30k, and even a few for just over the £20k mark, but at those prices we advise caution. “Values took off from 2013-’14,” says specialist Paul Stephens (www. paul-stephens.com), “but scruffy to average cars are due a correction. Condition matters more than spec, and the market for good, wellmaintained examples is strong.

    Those are now £40-60k, with the best 3.2s making £100k, and rarer versions fetching even more.” These Porsches are durable, as evidenced by the superb 88,000- mile 1984 targa that Stephens is currently offering, but be diligent. “Spend £250 on an expert inspection,” he recommends. “Although galvanised, they can still hide rust – particularly targas. Also, in spite of a reputation for being bulletproof, some will need engine work.

    It’s down to the type of use, with late-’80s examples, in particular, being prone to top-end trouble.” Of course, if you want the 911 experience without the spectre of corrosion, accident damage and mechanical maladies, there is still the option of buying new, but London-based Hexagon Classics ( https://hexagonclassics.com) has a tempting alternative. Its left-handdrive 4428-mile ’1985 Carrera must be one of the lowest-mileage 3.2 coupés remaining. At £84,995, the price is on a par with an entry-spec, six-month-old example, which in a sense is what it is – but without the electronic driver aids. If that’s too commonplace, the firm also has a 1989 3.2 Speedster. One of only 65 UK-market cars, it’s covered just 1180 miles and is yours for £220k.
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