Fate of the 997.1 Turbo
As an owner of a 997.1 C2S I was encouraged to read the magazine’s article on the Rise of the 997. Since my purchase from Paragon nearly a year ago I’ve been looking at prices of various 997s with a view to working out what to get next. The 997.1 Turbos have interested me, but I’ve noticed some are sticking on the forecourt. My local OPC has a nice one that I test drove the other day which has been reduced in price twice in the last few weeks to sub-£50k, which seems a good price for a low-mileage, tidy car with an ex-formula One owner as its first custodian. Is the market for these dropping or is this just a case of a dealer trying to move stock on?
We put your question to Karl Meyer, proprietor at porsche specialists 2911, who’s been dealing in the porsche marketplace for the last ten years: “Most opcs take a view that if a car reaches a certain age on the forecourt to write it down regardless of the book value or market. It can be a real opportunity to beat the market and bag a bargain just due to a bit of luck.
We’re seeing the 997 market split right down the middle. Low-mileage, well-loved stuff is selling very well. High-mileage, unloved stuff is just changing hands between traders. It’s exactly what happened to 996s – and every other 911 model once upon a time. But, as time shows, even those cars come back!
at 2911 we buy porsche for most of the opc network and specialists and we love a 997.1 turbo. the performance and reliability is tough to beat. It’s a proper Mezger-engined porsche! the S cars are the strongest seller, but we love the idea of your turbo with its interesting backstory. as long as it wasn’t a Grand prix pace car we think you should get it bought!”