Sales de­bate

Which is the best 997 to buy right now?

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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”

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