used Porsche is an important decision, one which many folk dream
about but relatively few will ever realise that dream. I hope I can
help you fulfil yours better.
The Porsche 911 is unique and always has been. It's designed with a
special philosophy in mind. That is to provide the pure enjoyment of
One of the best qualities of all 911 is that the driver can enjoy
the process of driving whatever the road conditions, unlike some
sports cars, you do not need to be driving flat out to get pleasure
from one of these cars.
The touch, feel and the feedback give confidence, you will feel
especially in tune with the machine and environment. Whereas many
modern cars try to insulate the driver from the action of driving -
not the 911. The 911 includes you and the more miles you cover, the
better you will appreciate it's depth of ability.
Better to look at then drive? Not a 911. A Porsche should be
durable, it must work, in all conditions without being
temperamental. Porsche means lasting quality...these are not 'throw
away' cars. There are many Porsche 911 that have covered massive
mileage and brought their owner immense pleasure, how about the 1964
Porsche 356 that a chap bought in 1975 and used as his daily
driver...now with over 500,000miles on it. Here in the UK a Porsche
911 Carrera 3.2 Clubsport now with over 400,000 miles. Although I
have bought Porsche with ultra low miles on them there is something
great about one that has been used like this.
Buying a Porsche takes care, the older the Porsche the more care
should be taken. It's possible to find 20 year old 911 that still
retain the vast majority of the qualities that were with the car
when new....and you can enjoy them for a fraction of the price.
Beware the pretty face...most Porsche 911 will look good and passion
often clouds judgement......
can be fussy. Do not assume that a second-hand Porsche is fine
simply because its better than the average used car of that age.
Most used Porsche will look nice, be careful to find one that is
genuinely in the right condition for you.
Take your time, enjoy the search for your Porsche 911 or Boxster and
the learning process...it's worth it.
Judge the advice you are given carefully. 99% of the male population
seem to be able to pass comment on a 911Porsche, often without
having ever experienced any real seat time in a 911.
Remember too that most of us we will be driving the Porsche under
'normal' traffic conditions, sometimes fast, sometimes slow.
Therefore it's more important that you can enjoy your Porsche for
the majority of the miles you drive, not just the fraction of the
time you can rip up the asphalt, so whether it does 0-60 in 5.5 or
5.6 seconds is largely irrelevant.........
A good Porsche 911 will be happy to potter through town, take a turn
at the race track or tour long distances swiftly and comfortably,
you can leave it outside in the rain and still expect it to work in
Depreciation. Most good things cost us money, but a Porsche 911
traditionally has a mild depreciation curve. In fact some models,
such as the eighties 911 3.2 Carrera, 964 RS, 993 RS have risen over
the last 5 years. All good air cooled Porsche have a very strong
Even so, surely the purpose of owning a Porsche should be for the
pure enjoyment rather than investment value. When all is said and
done, if you really enjoy your Porsche 911, any depreciation will be