997.1: Mar­ket Per­spec­tive

Total 911 - - Rise Of The 997 -

“They’re great value for money,” says Jamie Tyler of Paragon Porsche, though he warns the cheap­est ones more of­ten than not need a lot of work. It’s bet­ter to spend a bit more and buy on con­di­tion and his­tory. Coupes are de­sir­able, says Tyler, as is the Car­rera 4S for that wide body. Man­u­als are pop­u­lar, and the 3.6-litre Car­rera is, too.

That’s echoed by Dar­ren An­der­son of RPM Tech­nik, who says they re­main very pop­u­lar, and prices are start­ing to rise off the back of the 996’s resur­gence. He adds that the best sell very quickly, so you’ve been warned – shop about by all means, but do it sooner rather than later. All men­tion the bore-scor­ing is­sue specif­i­cally in re­la­tion to the 3.8-litre engine, and to have the engine checked for it prior to pur­chase with a bore scope.

Tom Har­ris at 911vir­gin says the 997.1 gen­er­a­tion are be­ing bought by peo­ple who want to use them – cars to be driven, not stored away in col­lec­tions. They’re per­fect for that, en­thu­si­asts lik­ing the look and the rel­a­tive moder­nity, Har­ris adding buy­ers tend not to con­cen­trate on a spe­cific model but in­stead fo­cus on the best one they can get for their bud­get. Man­ual Coupes are the way to go, though your choice of C2 v C4 and S v 4S wil come down to per­sonal pref­er­ence.

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