BUT I CAN AF­FORD A VW BEE­TLE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Dream Cars For Bargain Money -

DAVID BROWN An early Porsche 911 shares some of the Bee­tle ethic thanks to its rear-mounted, air-cooled engine. Fer­di­nand Porsche helped to de­sign the peo­ple’s car and was re­spon­si­ble for early Bee­tle pro­to­types and de­vel­op­ment.

In 1947 the Porsche com­pany de­signed a flat-four sports car that it called the 356, ini­tially on a smallscale, hand-crafted pro­duc­tion line. The larger 1960s re­place­ment was des­ig­nated project 901 un­til Peu­geot pointed out that it had the rights to car names with a ‘0’ in the mid­dle, so the 911 it be­came.

Even if a big lot­tery win is forth­com­ing, there will still not be suf­fi­cient funds within the ac­counts to pay for a de­posit on a clas­sic 911 that ap­pears to in­crease in value by the hour. It’s per­haps as well the Bee­tle pro­vides such a fun and in­ex­pen­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

PORSCHE 911 2.0 ENGINE 1991cc/flat6/SOHC POWER 130bhp@6100rpm TORQUE 128lb ft@4200rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 130mph 0-60MPH 8.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 1518mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four- speed manual

WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £100k, GOOD £65k, US­ABLE £35k, PROJECT £20k VW BEE­TLE 1200 ENGINE 1192cc/ flat-4/OHV POWER 40bhp@3900rpm TORQUE 65lb ft@2400rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 70mph 0-60MPH 29sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 2528mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, 4-speed man WHAT TO PAY CON­COURS £10k, GOOD £4.5k, US­ABLE £3k, PROJECT £500

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