Sales de­bate

Will val­ues of the 997.2 ever over­take the 991.1?

Total 911 - - Es Motor Uk -

It’s the lat­est gen­er­a­tion to be billed as the last ‘proper’

911 be­fore its suc­ces­sor grew wildly in its pro­por­tions, moved the en­gine slightly for­ward and in­vaded the driv­ing experience with elec­tric-as­sisted steer­ing and a host of other tech­no­log­i­cal wiz­ardry. We are, of course, talk­ing about the 997 and the 991, specif­i­cally the 997 Gen2 and 991 Gen1.

While each new gen­er­a­tion of 911 causes some form of con­tro­versy among en­thu­si­asts with purist in­ten­tions, the move from 997 to 991 proved sub­stan­tial. Those changes high­lighted above en­com­pass the crux of it, though peo­ple have also com­mented on the 991’s re­vised in­te­rior, which has ar­guably pointed the 911 fur­ther down the route of lux­u­ri­ous grand tourer than fully fo­cused sports car. The 997.2 is look­ing ever more like the sweet spot of the gen­er­a­tional 911 line-up on a day by day ba­sis, so can we ex­pect their val­ues to leapfrog the 991.1?

“That’s a dif­fi­cult ques­tion to an­swer,” says Paragon’s Jamie Tyler, a man who’s seen his fair share of model fluc­tu­a­tions in his 25 years work­ing in the Porsche mar­ket. “Gen2 997s are bril­liant, and be­ing the last of the pure driv­ing cars they will al­ways do well. How­ever, we don’t think they will over­take 991 prices. 991s will hold their value in be­ing the last of the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated cars and peo­ple have got over the size and elec­tric steer­ing. How­ever, both cars will hold their value well in our opin­ion.”

It’s a view echoed by Karl Meyer of 2911, who him­self has dealt in the Porsche sales sphere for the last decade. “The 997.2 is highly thought of among en­thu­si­asts, but the re­al­ity is the 991 is the bet­ter car to drive. In terms of Car­reras this is what counts over any real col­lec­tor in­ter­est, which will keep the 991.1 ahead of the 997.2 – just.”

With both the 997.2 and 991.1 tipped to sit near to each other in terms of val­ues in the long term, this looks to be good news for the buyer. You can ex­pect to pay around the same money whether or not you’d like to plump for the tra­di­tional 911 set-up of the 997.2 or the tech­ni­cally ad­vanced 991.1.

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