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
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.’