Which is the best 997 to buy right now?
Momentum is fast growing for the 997 generation of Porsche 911, enthusiasts the world over appreciating the 997’s great mix of classic lines in a modern package. Far more petit in appearance than the more bloated 991s, the 997 also has its engine properly slung out past its rear axle, while in performance stakes, the car remains competitive to its younger brethren.
It’s debatable, of course, but there’s a school of thought that the 997 represents the last bastion of the proper 911 – something we at Total 911 agree with. Values of the 997 generally remain very strong, so there’s much positivity around the generation right now. But which is the right 997 to buy?
Jamie Tyler, sales executive at renowned UK specialists, Paragon GB, highlights the GTS models as far more than the pick of the Carreras, but of the 997 full stop. “We think a GTS is going to be a cracking buy for the future. They’re the last of the exciting cars, with good, old-fashioned hydraulic steering. They make a lovely noise and feel just the right size for our modern roads. It’s also a halfway house between a GT3 and the normal road cars, so we’d watch for them,” he tells Total 911.
Paul Stephens, of the eponymous Porsche specialists in Essex, agrees with the merits of a GTS, but points to the capabilities of a Carrera or Carrera S. “They are all the 911 you need,” he says. “You can get a lovely example for £50,000, they’re solid in terms of build quality and plenty fast enough. As 996 and then 997.1 values rise, the Gen2 cars are looking like great value.”
Anthony Posner, proprietor at London-based independent dealers Hendon Way Motors, finds favour with a forced induction 997. “If you look at the Turbo, it’s still a phenomenal supercar by way of performance, blisteringly quick, yet very, very comfortable. There are fewer second-generation cars in existence than first generation, possibly a result of the aftermath of the last global financial crisis, and manual versions are very rare indeed. Find a manual 997.2 Turbo and you’ve got a superb modern 911 ,” he says.
So, the 997 appears to be very good news right now, and it seems there’s a lot of variety out there for those wanting to get themselves an example of the last truly classic-styled Neunelfer. Buyers: what are you waiting for?
“There’s a school of thought that the 997 represents the last bastion of the proper 911”