These days the 997 Turbo S sells largely between £80,000 and £90,000. That opens a wide field, but isn’t enough for either rarer or collectors 911s.
£90,000 buys a correctly maintained 2007 GT3 which may have seen some track use. Nervous when the Turbo S is calm, when the blown Turbo S seems unbelievably fast, the manual GT3 is always a driving challenge. The opposite of Turbo S, but a more solid investment.
991.1 Turbo S
If the 3.8-litre was virtually as before, the 991.1 Turbo S brought a new chassis that was larger in all dimensions, the longer wheelbase granting greater stability, better ride and refinement and a more spacious, refreshed cabin. It generally sells around £100,000-plus.
All current 911s are turbocharged: the S has 80 horses fewer than the 997 Turbo S (but not noticeably less of a performance), and has a state-of-the-art cabin and the expected improvements in ride and refinement. £93,000 buys a privately owned 29,000 mile example in Surrey.
The air-cooled Turbo 993 costs well into six figures, but the 993 C2S is an attractive alternative. Motorhouse has an automatic 1997 993S priced at £79,995. The Tiptronic shifts with nothing like the alacrity of PDK, but it makes this 911 a semi-vintage tourer. The best investment here.