YOUR FIRST PORSCHE: £30,000 PORSCHES
£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
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.