Porsche 911 Car­rera (997)

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THOSE EAR­LIER 911S may well be out of reach now, but for £100 per week you’ll have your pick of its mod­ern al­ter­na­tives. In some ways the 997 was an echo of the 993, for it too her­alded some 911 ‘lasts’; it was the last 911 to have hy­draulic power steer­ing and the last one to be truly com­pact, the way 911s used to be. For those rea­sons and more be­sides, the 997 is reck­oned to be a high point in the five decade-long saga of Porsche’s rear-en­gined sports car.

To­day you’ll need to tread care­fully be­cause the nor­mallyaspi­rated flat-six isn’t as durable as it might be, al­though nei­ther in­ter­me­di­ate shaft bear­ing fail­ure nor cylin­der bore scor­ing are as com­mon as leg­end would have you be­lieve. At £25,000 you’ll even find plenty of low-mileage cars.

ONE WE FOUND 2007 911 Car­rera, 67,000 miles, £24,950

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