£30,000 puts you right into the sec­ond­hand Porsche sweetspot for mod­ern and clas­sic Porsches. We col­lect to­gether the 997 C2S, 996 C4S, Boxster 981, Cay­man 981, 944 Turbo, 968 Club Sport, 996 Turbo and Cay­man S

911 Porsche World - - Contents - Words: Johnny Ti­pler Pho­tog­ra­phy: Antony Fraser

We were all Porsche vir­gins once. How we got into the game was very likely a mat­ter of bud­get and a shine for a par­tic­u­lar model. You want to take the plunge, too, but un­sure which one to go for? We pose this ques­tion ev­ery year, and this time the no­tional bud­get is a ball­park £30K. Yep, you’re armed with that dev­il­ishly tempt­ing sum to go out and bag your first Porsche. Plenty of mod­els and gen­res avail­able at that sort of money. So, as usual, we’ve con­vened a cross-sec­tion of Porsches cur­rently on sale around that mark for a pho­to­shoot at Chob­ham test track. We’ll see if we can lure you…

Let’s check them out. In some cases, we high­light the good, the bad and the ugly in or­der to re­veal as­pects of cer­tain mod­els that need to be borne in mind when cruis­ing the fore­courts and show­rooms. We’ve got a 996 C4S – the de­pend­able op­tion; a 997 C2, ar­che­typal 911 coupé at this price; a 996 Turbo, rare un­der £30 grand; a pair of fron­tengined cars – 944 Turbo and 968 Club Sport; and the newest mod­els here are a 981 Cay­man and a 981 Boxster S. For fam­ily mo­tor­ing and a bit of off-road­ing, we fea­ture a Ma­can S, too, a state-of-the-art SUV; and, like vir­tu­ally ev­ery car we’ve mus­tered here – apart from the front-en­gined 944 and 968 – it’s an au­to­matic. Some­thing for every­one, then. Al­most. Yes, okay, we’ll ad­dress the lack of an air-cooled clas­sic 911 later, but you can prob­a­bly guess the rea­son why.

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