997.1: Market Perspective
“They’re great value for money,” says Jamie Tyler of Paragon Porsche, though he warns the cheapest ones more often than not need a lot of work. It’s better to spend a bit more and buy on condition and history. Coupes are desirable, says Tyler, as is the Carrera 4S for that wide body. Manuals are popular, and the 3.6-litre Carrera is, too.
That’s echoed by Darren Anderson of RPM Technik, who says they remain very popular, and prices are starting to rise off the back of the 996’s resurgence. He adds that the best sell very quickly, so you’ve been warned – shop about by all means, but do it sooner rather than later. All mention the bore-scoring issue specifically in relation to the 3.8-litre engine, and to have the engine checked for it prior to purchase with a bore scope.
Tom Harris at 911virgin says the 997.1 generation are being bought by people who want to use them – cars to be driven, not stored away in collections. They’re perfect for that, enthusiasts liking the look and the relative modernity, Harris adding buyers tend not to concentrate on a specific model but instead focus on the best one they can get for their budget. Manual Coupes are the way to go, though your choice of C2 v C4 and S v 4S wil come down to personal preference.