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£50k is a lot of money for a Porsche, but it’s all rel­a­tive if you’re get­ting a lot of Porsche for your £50k

911 Porsche World - - News - STEVE BEN­NETT PORSCHEWORLD@CHPLTD.COM

£50k 911s? That’s a rea­son­able amount of money for sure, but when a new Golf GTI can cost close to £40k, with some tasty op­tions, and a new 911 can quite eas­ily be over £100,000, then per­haps not. And be­sides, with fi­nance be­ing the pre­ferred op­tion for sales new or sec­ond­hand, it’s the monthly fig­ure that counts. What­ever, it seems to be the sweet-spot for mod­ern 911s as wit­nessed by the price con­ver­gence of 996, 997 and 991 mod­els gath­ered for this month’s cover fea­ture.

I must con­fess the idea for this story came rather from the re­al­i­sa­tion that a 991 could now be bought for close to £50k (or bang on £50k for a pri­vate sale), while late 997s in C4S form were head­ing to £50k and be­yond, with 997 GTSS well be­yond. And then there is the resur­gence of good 996 Tur­bos, which not that long ago were on the floor price wise. That’s the full gamut of mod­ern 911s, al­beit in vari­a­tions on the theme, ris­ing and fall­ing to meet mar­ket and de­mand, which I guess has to be a good thing.

One thing is cer­tain with this: at this price level, what you’re get­ting is go­ing to be good, with no ifs and buts as to con­di­tion and his­tory. Quite sim­ply, it has to be. Sure, a 991 at £50k is go­ing to have per­haps higher than av­er­age miles, but then it’s go­ing to have age on its side. A 997 at £50k is go­ing to be a late model gen 2 and in peak con­di­tion, like­wise a 996 Turbo. Th­ese are cars that you can get in and drive and not have to worry about be­yond rou­tine main­te­nance, which for a lot of buy­ers counts for a lot. In other words, you get what you pay for...

At this price level, what you’re get­ting is go­ing to be good. It has to be

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