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Sales debate: Which 911 Turbo has the most investment potential?

The 911’s 50th anniversary last year coincided with astronomical price rises for Zuffenhausen’s iconic sports car. With the Turbo variant celebrating its 40th birthday this year, now may be the last chance to jump on the forced-induction train before it’s too late. But what model should you invest your money in?

“It’s difficult, because there’s so many of them,” Jamie Tyler, Paragon’s head of sales explains. While the 996 Turbo may be one of the market’s entry-level cars, Tyler believes it is worth looking at more exotic fare.

“3.6 Turbos (964), 993 Turbos, and obviously Turbo Ss [are all good choices]. Any of the air-cooled ones really, as they’re all on the way up at the moment,” Tyler continues.

Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

The problem is, despite starting prices of £150,000 for a 964 Turbo 3.6 (more desirable than the 3.3 due to their rarity according to Tyler), and £85,000 for 993 versions, examples of the above sell very quickly.

Talking of a 993 Turbo during the summer by Paragon, Tyler mentions that it “was only on the website for about three hours, and it sold over the phone straight away.”

Porsche Bournemouth’s Karl Meyer, an expert in Porsche’s heritage line-up, agrees that 964 and 993 Turbos are proving attractive. However, he does have a preference.

Porsche 930 3.0 3.3

“I think a 930. It is just bonkers not to buy them,” he explains. “They’re still the most iconic, but they haven’t stretched their legs. Give it two years, and I think a £40,000 930 could be double its money.”

That’s a serious return, but to maximise your chances, Meyer points out that it is the earliest or the latest 930s that make the best prospects. The former “embodies the whole Seventies era,” while the latter gained the excellent G50 gearbox. Either way, your Turbo should be pumping into an air-cooled flat six.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.

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40 years of Turbo special edition bookazine launched

2014 sees the simply iconic Porsche 911 Turbo turn 40 and, to celebrate, the makers of Total 911 magazine have released a special collector’s edition bookazine for your enjoyment.

Lavished across 162 pages of stunning photography and world-renowned Porsche journalism, you can revel in all aspects of Turbo culture, reliving drives of famous models including the 930 LE and SE, learn about each model in-depth with our ultimate guides, and find out which Turbo comes out on top in our series of head-to-head road tests. This is all complemented by a huge group test of each and every generation of the revered 911 Turbo.

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Priced at just £9.99, the ’40 years of Turbo’ bookazine is endorsed by Magnus Walker, who provides an apt foreword reminiscing his own dose of ‘Turbo Fever’. To order your copy of the collector’s special bookazine, simply follow this link or download it via a wide variety of digital platforms.

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Video: Magnus Walker and the Exclusive 991 Turbo S GB Edition

The self-styled Urban Outlaw, Magnus Walker has made another trip from his sunny Californian base to the home of his beloved Porsche 911. On his latest trip to Zuffenhausen, Walker visits the Porsche Exclusive department alongside designer, Tony Hatter, as the duo take a look at the Porsche 991 Turbo S GB Edition.

The Exclusive-built Porsche 991 shares much in common with Magnus’ personalised Porsche 911s and we hear that there could be something special at the upcoming Goodwood Revival meeting with the Urban Outlaw’s own seal of approval on it. We’ll bring you more in Total 911 issue 119.

Until then, enjoy the video. If you want more Magnus Walker content, make sure you order a copy of Total 911 issue 100 – guest edited by the Urban Outlaw – available to download to your digital device now.

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40 years of the Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche wasn’t the first manufacturer to release a turbocharged, petrol-engined road car. That accolade falls to the Chevrolet Monza, released in 1963. In fact, Porsche wasn’t even the first German manufacturer to achieve that feat, with BMW’s 2002 Turbo beating the 911 Turbo to market by a single year.

However, while other car makers rushed to implement a technology used in the aeronautical and maritime industries since the start of the 20th Century in their production vehicles, the board at Porsche AG turned to Weissach’s racing department to prove the forced-induction philosophy in the most unrelenting of arenas: the race track.

After the 917 was ruled out of international competition for 1972, Porsche turned its attention to a turbocharged version of the prototype designed to rule the US-based CanAm series – and rule it did.

Porsche 930 3.0 3.3

The 917/10 and its Penske-developed successor, the 917/30, were untouchable in 1972-73. Porsche was convinced of the concept, producing the 911 RSR Turbo 2.1 before, in 1974, an icon was born with the release of the Porsche 911 Turbo road car, popularly known as the 930 3.0.

This was a definite case of motorsport improving the breed, as the lessons learnt in the 1,000bhp+ CanAm monsters translated into the 930 3.0, earning its place as the fastest-accelerating road car ever produced upon its release to the public in 1975.

Only six years before, man had set foot on the Moon for the first time, and now here was a sports car truly worthy of the space age.

Porsche 964 993 Turbo

Thanks to its 2,994cc capacity and a single Kühnle, Kopp & Kausch turbocharger, the first 911 Turbo was capable of sprinting from standstill to 100kph (62mph) in 5.5 seconds.

Its 260bhp output may sound meagre today, but this was a car that enjoyed nearly 25 per cent more power than the previous range-topping 911 Carrera 2.7 (its engine taken from the fabled 1973 RS).

To read more about every generation of the legendary Porsche 911 Turbo, pick up your copy of Total 911 issue 116 in store now. Alternatively, you can order a copy online or download it to your digital device.

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Opinion: How special is the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB edition?

£8,117. That is the difference in list price between a standard Porsche 991 Turbo S and the Exclusive GB Edition unveiled by Porsche GB on Tuesday. Even on the most expensive 911 in the current range, that’s a hefty difference.

The extra outlay doesn’t really appear to offer you much other than some black painted parts that try and evoke the spirit of the original Porsche 930 (something that is broadly impossible on the 991 Turbo, a car so different to its ancestor that throwbacks simply don’t work).

Inside, there isn’t much giving away the fact this is an limited edition 911, bar the etching on the passenger-side interior trim, the illuminated sill plates, and the rather tasteless Union flag embossing on the centre storage lid.

Porsche 930 3.0

All the other interior options are options that you could specify on your own 991 Turbo S. That’s where, as well as leaving me cold visually, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition has me puzzling.

A quick play with the online car configurator left me with a 991 Turbo S that included the gorgeous centre-lock wheels, as well as a host of extra goodies (including Burmester stereo, adaptive cruise control, and the electric glass sunroof) all for £2,500 less than the base cost of the GB Edition.

There are so many no-cost options available on the 991 Turbo S that speccing up a goody-laden Porsche is easy, with my hypothetical car also sporting the bucket seats, and Sapphire Blue Metallic paint.

991 Turbo S configurator

One of the selling points of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is that only 40 will be made (in a selection of just three colours: red, white, and silver). It’s this perceived rarity that you are really paying for, not the lick of gloss black paint and Guards Red seatbelts.

Yet, while special edition 911s sometimes hold more value than they’re standard counterparts (we’re thinking of de facto factory builds such as the Anniversary editions) I don’t think a region specific model is really going to have much of a pull on a car market driven by international buyers.

It feels like a money-making exercise that hasn’t been given much thought, especially as, as soon as you start selecting options for any 911 it immediately becomes a one-of-a-kind car. The likelihood of you seeing another modern 911 with exactly the same specification is extremely rare given the sheer multitude of options available.

The standard Porsche 991 Turbo S is better looking in our eyes.

Rather than a pretend throwback to another era, I would rather Porsche GB had unveiled some sort of ‘anniversary pack’ that provided a number of expensive options at a reduced rate.

Or, better still, I wish Porsche in Germany had decided to create a ’40 Jahre’ Turbo themselves that, instead of locking backwards, was firmly routed in the future and included some tangible performance upgrades (I’m thinking a modern-day 964 Turbo Leicthbau).

Instead, we’ve been saddled with a car that looks a little bit too ‘aftermarket’ (at least for my tastes) and, as a UK-only model, has relatively little appeal to anyone outside of Great Britain. We’ll stick with our ‘normal’ Turbo S, thanks…

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