Fate of the 997.1 Turbo

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dear Sir,

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?

daren chev­er­ton

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!”

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