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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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Sales debate: Will Porsche 996 GT3 values overtake 997s?

Originally, this started out as investigation into when 997 GT3 prices would begin to rise however, as RPM Technik’s Sales Manager, Greig Daly points out, “they’ve already started [to rise]. 997s hit their bottom last year and cars that we were trading for early £50,000s are now selling for mid-to-late £60,000s.”

While 997 GT3 prices have gradually be increasing over the last 12 months, 996 GT3 values have rocketed in the same time period, to the extent that some sellers in the classifieds are chancing their arm with asking prices on the cusp of six figures.

But, do the GT3 retail experts at RPM Technik and Paragon expect the 996 GT3 to regularly exceed the 997 version in the valuation stakes?

“When they [996s] slipped as low as £30,000, it was just nuts. That car is absolutely outrageous and it was just too cheap,” Daly explains. “Gradually the best ones rose up to £40,000 and that dragged the rest of them up; it’s simple economics of supply and demand but everyone just woke up at the same time.”

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Daly feels the reason for the 996 GT3’s ever-increasing popularity is its ability to withstand hard track work. However, despite “a few people chancing their arm” he’s unconvinced that values will continually eclipse those of the 997 GT3:

“Perhaps [996 values will rise above 997 GT3s], I wouldn’t be surprised because nothing surprises me anyone more in the modern classic market but, is it a better car [than a 997 GT3]?”

Jamie Tyler, head of sales at Paragon, initially answers with a definitive “no” but, on further consideration of the question he explains, “it’s difficult to tell; it’s what people are prepared to pay for the good cars”.

Tyler does feel that the few 996 GT3s currently on the market at £80,000 to £90,000 are “not worth anywhere near that”. Both him and Daly would value such cars in the current climate at around £55,000-£60,000.

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However, Tyler can see why the car is enjoying a resurgence. “They were the last of that real, hardcore driving car,” he explains, “whereas the 997 has got electronic dampers and traction control was introduced which, personally, I didn’t think the GT3 should have.”

While both agree some 996 GT3 values are currently optimistic, the hardcore experience provided by the car is seeing it catch up the 997 on the open market. At some point rarity may play into the 996’s hand but, until then, the 997 continues to rule the roost.

If you’re looking to buy any generation 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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