1 Porsche 911 2.7

For those who are will­ing to forego dainty bumpers for more power and a cheaper en­try point into a Porsche golden era

Classic Cars (UK) - - Top 10 Cars to Restore -

There’s a wa­ter­shed in clas­sic 911 val­ues around 1973. The ear­lier cars are worth a healthy pre­mium over the short-bon­net, big-bumper mod­els that ar­rived that year. Yet the 1973-77 mod­els have a lot go­ing for them, not least a 2.7-litre en­gine giv­ing more power to the stan­dard car than ever be­fore. In to­day’s mar­ket there are other pluses – it’s eas­ier to find a right-hand-drive 2.7 than it is an ear­lier 911, the en­try cost is lower, yet all the clas­sic air-cooled Porsche driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is there.

Alan Drayson of Porsche spe­cial­ist Can­ford Clas­sics of­fers guid­ance to cur­rent val­ues. ‘You still see bas­ket­case 2.7s for less than £15k, while per­fect cars might hit £80k-£100k or more. The 911S isn’t vastly dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard model, un­like pre­vi­ous 911s, but the Euro-spec 2.7 Car­rera is much more valu­able – it has the fuel-in­jected en­gine from the pre­vi­ous Car­rera RS and com­mands £170k-£250k plus in top con­di­tion.’

The Targa-roof cars are just as valu­able these days, says Drayson – no-one leaves them parked in the rain any more, after all. The down­side to restor­ing a 2.7-litre 911 is that the process costs about the same as for an older, more pre­cious ex­am­ple.

‘Find out what the car is re­ally go­ing to need and de­cide what you want from it. Some jobs can be priced up as a rough fig­ure, such as £3k for a full brake over­haul, £4k-£5.5k to re­store the sus­pen­sion and steer­ing, £8k-£20k on an en­gine re­build. But the paint and body­work is where the ball starts rolling.’

By this he means that a sim­ple re­spray can un­cover more trou­ble, turn­ing into a body restora­tion... and while you’re at it al­most any­thing else. At least parts are no prob­lem, for ex­am­ple Can­ford Clas­sics has just had pre­vi­ously un­ob­tain­able 2.7-litre trim cloth re­man­u­fac­tured. Drayson’s ad­vice is to hunt out ex­actly the car you want and spend what’s needed.

‘They’re all still ris­ing in value and you only live once. It’s a won­der­ful scene to be part of, so get on and en­joy it.’

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