FEB 2005 (IS­SUE 131)

911 Porsche World - - The Way We Were -

Dig­ging around in the Feb 2005 is­sue and we’re de­bat­ing why cer­tain 911s had fallen out of favour and were be­ing com­fort­ably out­sold by pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion mod­els. It was cer­tainly a trend of its time, al­though one model is still suf­fer­ring today, and that’s un­likely to change. Why, we asked, was the Car­rera 3.2 in more de­mand than the clearly bet­ter 964 and why was the 996 be­ing out­per­formed by the 993? And why was the 911SC on the floor price wise, with cars slump­ing to £7000? Why in­deed?

Time is a great healer, of course, and you would be hard pushed to slip a fiver be­tween the rel­a­tive val­ues of all these cars now ex­cept, of course, for the 996. We per­haps didn’t quite cot­ton on at the time, but that was be­cause of the great wa­ter and air-cooled di­vide, and the sheer num­ber of mod­ern 996s that Porsche built. Still, even the 996 is ap­pre­ci­at­ing now, for the right model in the right con­di­tion, of course.

Else­where, we took a look and a drive in a reader’s 944. Noth­ing un­usual there, ex­cept that this very stan­dard look­ing Guards Red Lux model was fit­ted with an LPG con­ver­sion. With the price of a litre of petrol head­ing for the £1 mark, LPG at 32p a litre (se­ri­ously), thanks to favourable green cre­den­tials tax, made a lot of sense. In fact it still does and there are plenty of Euro coun­tries where you can buy brand new, man­u­fac­turer built LPG cars. Just not here. And what was it like to drive? Well, just like a nor­mal petrol 944, re­ally. We have in sub­se­quent years and is­sues driven a few LPG Cayennes and an­other 944 S2, but LPG never re­ally seems to have taken off here in the UK. We must re­ally like fuel duty, I guess!

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