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In 1988 Heinz Bran­itzki, CEO of Porsche at per­haps the low­est point in its his­tory, fa­mously hailed the new 964 as the ‘Porsche for the next 25 years.’ He was wide of the mark: it would take two more gen­er­a­tions un­til Zuf­fen­hausen had a 911 for the twenty-first cen­tury and that water cooled model shared not a nut or bolt with its pre­de­ces­sors. What it did share, con­tro­ver­sially, was a plat­form, cabin and front body­work with the Boxster. Economies of scale and modern de­sign brought re­newed prof­itabil­ity and in seven years 996 sales would far ex­ceed 964 and 993 com­bined.


Mar­tyn’s Car Sales is just out­side Chert­sey on the A320­wok­ing road. Mar­tyn Neville has been sell­ing cars for thirty years and stocks about 100 ve­hi­cles, many sub £12,000. “I tend to buy the kinds of car I would run my­self, rather than just diesel Fo­cuses.” His stock is pretty eclec­tic with older BMWS, Mercedes and SUVS and in­cludes sev­eral Porsches from a restora­tion-project 944 to a 996 Turbo. “I’ve al­ways run Porsches and I picked this man­ual 996 Cabrio be­cause it was so nice to drive and felt so com­posed.”

mar­tyn­car­ 01932 283856/07768 017781 FOR Rare man­ual Cabrio which has also re­tained its hard­top; low miles, strong en­gine, me­chan­i­cals AGAINST Ser­vice his­tory; mi­nor re­pairs to hood re­quired VER­DICT Im­pres­sive man­ual 911 which re­mains a plea­sure to drive

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