LEAD­ING FROM THE FRONT

911 Porsche World - - The Usual Suspects -

The top-end of the clas­sic car mar­ket seems to have slowed some­what, which in Porsche terms means that air-cooled 911s have prob­a­bly peaked, and the shabby ones are fall­ing back.

How­ever, and this was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen, the dor­mant and left be­hind fron­tengined cars, as in the 924s, 944s, 968s and 928s are catch­ing up. No, they will never en­tirely get there – out­right de­sir­abil­ity will see to that, but those that keep a check on these things report some se­ri­ous in­creases. Lead­ing the way is the 924 Turbo, which has seen its value climb by 200% in the past two years. The 928 GT has gone up 136% and the 944 Turbo is up by 136%. Dragged be­hind this in­crease are lesser front-en­gined cars, mean­ing that good ex­am­ples from the 924 on are fi­nally be­ing ap­pre­ci­ated for what they are: good clas­sic Porsches.

For­tu­nately these per­cent­age gains are on the back of a rel­a­tively low start­ing point value wise, al­though that said a 200% in­crease of most fig­ures can still make a for a large over­all num­ber. The rel­a­tive scarcity of the fron­tengined cars has had an in­evitable ef­fect too in terms of sup­ply and de­mand.

So am I re­gret­ting sell­ing my 944 Lux? No, not just yet. And be­sides, I know that it's only a mat­ter of time be­fore the mar­ket wakes up to the siren call of the 996 C2, which I hap­pen to have parked in my garage... PW

As surely as night fol­lows day, the value of the rarer fron­tengined Porsches, like the 924 Turbo, has in­creased, drag­ging the lesser mod­els along too

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