Joe Croser

Total 911 - - Living The Legend – 911 Owner Reports -

Northamp­ton­shire, UK @jcx911

Model 997.2 Turbo

Year 2010

Ac­quired De­cem­ber 2015

I am in a What­sapp group with a bunch of car-own­ing pals and to­day the chat­ter was all about val­ues, but not in the in­vest­ment sense. To­day’s con­ver­sa­tion re­volved around sales vol­umes and val­ues – both of which have plum­meted re­cently. One of my mates is look­ing to sell his 996 Turbo and he’s hav­ing lit­tle in­ter­est de­spite it be­ing a crack­ing car. An­other pal is a se­rial car buyer, but he’s not look­ing to buy any­thing at the mo­ment de­spite the the­ory that now is a buyer’s mar­ket. Stranger still. So, what’s go­ing on?

Our po­lit­i­cal land­scape in the UK is del­i­cate at best right now and it is af­fect­ing many in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing the used car mar­ket. An es­tate agent pal is telling me that houses are not sell­ing lo­cally and the na­tional news is telling me that home val­ues are drop­ping sharply in Lon­don – which is of­ten an in­di­ca­tor for fu­ture ac­tiv­ity across the rest of the UK as places catch up. I see val­ues of the highly de­sir­able 991.2 GT3 drop­ping quickly. They re­main, of course, £30 to 40k above list, but that ‘in­fla­tion’ has halved in the past six months.

For many car spec­u­la­tors it may be easy to lose hope. But not for me. To re­draw my smile I sim­ply take my 997.2 Turbo for a ride. Be­fore I even climb in­side my mood lifts, my senses heighten and my adrenal glands pre­pare for pro­duc­tion. I don’t care that the roads are cov­ered in leaves. I don’t care that the shiny body­work is about to dull as road dirt clings to its curves; dirt is like the wrin­kles on my face and the chips on my car’s bon­net – rep­re­sent­ing the life lived and the plea­sure en­joyed.

My 997 hasn’t been with me for­ever, although I hope it will be. But it is now the car I have owned for the long­est in 31 years of driv­ing. Ex­actly three years ago I sold my beau­ti­ful low-mileage 964 C2 man­ual Coupe in Guards red and dou­bled my money. Happy days, you may think; what a re­turn! Yeah, but no. I bought the 964 to en­joy. To drive. It was in­tended to be safe money when they were rel­a­tively cheap; fun that was likely to lose lit­tle or noth­ing in value. And it was great fun for a while.

How­ever, it shot up in value and it be­came too pre­cious: an un­in­tended spec­u­la­tion, an as­set which be­came too frag­ile to drive. So the 964 C2 was sold and my all-wheel-drive 997.2 Turbo re­placed it.

I’ll ad­mit there was some man maths in play, but the logic was sim­ple: the

964 profit would bridge a gap that would oth­er­wise be too wide to cross – it was now or never. It’s prob­a­bly gained and lost a lit­tle value in the time that’s passed since, but so long as I don’t need to sell it I don’t care.

En­thu­si­asts ask “What’s next?”, know­ing that en­thu­si­asts are for­ever buy­ing and sell­ing in search of the per­fect car. But three years in I am in the mar­ket for nei­ther. I know that the 997 is the sweet spot in the 911 lin­eage and the Turbo is al­most with­out ri­val for its warp-speed cross-coun­try abil­ity. So, my an­swer is al­ways the same. “What’s next?” An­other drive! What else?

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