Restore vs MODIFY
With over 70,000 examples built between 1984 and 1989, Porsche’s 3.2 Carrera is the most populous classic 911 on the planet. Such generous numbers ensures there’s plenty of choice available to a buyer looking to step into a car, with prices fluctuating dramatically according to condition. A project car in need of work can be yours for as little as £25,000, for example, while a concours-ready Carrera can be had for up to £90,000.
Of course, these cars are now between 25-30 years old, and a body refresh and mechanical overhaul will likely be in order. That begs the question over which is a better option for a 3.2 Carrera owner: should they spend their money restoring the car, which could be to the detriment of driving it so frequently, or modify it, knowing it could impact on value?
“It’s a great conundrum,” says Paul at Porsche specialists Paul Stephens. “It’ll all depend on what the owner wants as an end result: a car they’ve ultimately enjoyed, or a car they’ve made a bit of money on?”
The answer, it seems, could lie somewhere in the middle of our two proposed outcomes. “Whether you’re restoring or modifying a car, it has to be done using a good base, so money needs to have been spent somewhere before you choose which path to tread down. From there, those who want to enjoy the 911 while it’s in their custody and protect its future value at the same time may want to only execute modifications that are easily reversible. This will ensure you get the best of both worlds.”