Re­store vs MOD­IFY

Total 911 - - Ghost Outlaw -

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.”

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