Does modifying a 911 positively or negatively affect its resale value?
Choosing the right 911 is a highly personalised experience as it is, with over 35 variants in one generation, plus the array of options available. This means that no two 911s are ever really the same. However, some like to take this personalisation to the next level – be it power gains or chassis tweaks, to even upgrading technology like a headunit. Some only make modifications which are reversible so the car can be put back to standard at any time, but there are some modifications where such a task is simply impossible. So does this put the 911 in question at a disadvantage when the time comes to sell up?
We sought definitive answers from two industry specialists to settle the debate once and for all. Matt Kenyon of Makellos Classics says modified cars are usually more difficult to sell. “By nature of the fact they’re non-standard, a modified car appeals to a smaller pool of people, and for that reason it can take a while longer to sell than a factory car. With an unmodified car in factory specification the buyer knows what to expect from it in terms of performance, reliability, handling and so forth.”
They may take longer to sell, but do modifications affect the value? “You’d have to take that on a case-bycase basis, depending on how extreme the modification is, and how well it’s been done,” comes Matt’s reply.
It’s a view that’s broadly echoed from fellow specialists 2911. “Some modifications like IMS bearing upgrades on 996s are seen as very positive. We’re also seeing more owners upgrade the chassis on their classic Porsche, as newer technology helps improve the ride of the car. Crucially though, this doesn’t really change the overall look. This is because people, in the UK at least, like to have as close to the original factory specification as possible,” says proprietor Karl Meyer.
So, it seems the debate is too difficult to settle with a broadchurch approach, and needs to be properly assessed on a case-by-case basis. Both specialists welcome calls should you wish to seek advice on any modifications and how it could affect the resale value of your car. When making modifications, consider that it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but that shouldn’t stop your enjoyment – under one’s own ownership, the opinion of the car that matters most is, of course, yours.