The sort of sum that bags a good GT3 is also enough for all manner of tempting neunelfers. A wide range of air- and water-cooled models are within reach, but we think these are a very good way to spend £70k:
997 GTS or Turbo
Both are richly equipped and properly rapid, and offer all-weather, everyday appeal. A difficult choice, but you certainly won’t be disappointed with either. The GTS would be our choice.
That £70k budget will give you the pick of excellent 3.2s with change to spare. Brimming with classic appeal, it acts as an antidote to the tech-laden approach of modern 911s, with character aplenty.
If you’re not wedded to the idea of six cylinders then the very best 912s are within scope here. The lightweight and more minimalist design will certainly delight the purists out there.
Both of our specialists agree that a Gen1 model is within reach. Assuming, that is, you’re prepared to accept one that has covered a higher-than-average mileage and may be in need of fettling.