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Cars to buy in 2019

The winter road salt is beginning to recede, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on its way, and with it, the promise of another season of driving excellence at the wheel of your favourite Porsche 911. But which 911? If you’re thinking of a change to your stable or have your eye on something new for 2019, then look no further than Total 911’s annual and ever-popular ‘cars to buy’ guide to help steer you in the right direction.

There remain bargains to be had when comparing 911s with other models in the same price point, while many other models still represent guaranteed investment-grade quality, providing you’re prepared to play the long game. There’s also a host of 911s ready and willing to provide you with oodles of fun – more fun than any amount of cash in the bank can offer. So wether you’re looking for road or track-based frolics, a great value 911 or a decent investment proposition, we’ve got the answers readily compiled for you over the next 12 pages.

And don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve sought the opinions of experts from around the industry, those who work within the Porsche marketplace on a daily basis, and whom in the ensuing years have seen values of cars peak and dive, and trends come and go, building a healthy resistance against market naivety as a result – and their knowledge and insight is hereby being passed exclusively to you. We’ve asked more specialists than ever, our panel this year offering wisdom from a combined 101-years of experience selling fine Porsche. As a result, no other resource will offer such a compelling insight as to what 911 models you should be focussing on for 2019.

This year, to reflect the breadth of 911s on offer, we’ve split the experts’ choices into three categories: best value, long term investment, and outright fun, all of which provide compelling options for a variety of budgets. It makes for a tantalising read: have your wallets at the ready as we present the 911s to buy for 2019…


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996 v 997 Turbo

If you’d been lucky enough to work as a motoring journalist in the 80’s (when budgets were generous, and launches went on for days) you’d have laughed at the proposition that the 911 Turbo would evolve into the definitive secure, all weather supercar within the next decade or so. The original 930 Turbo may have become mildly more approachable with the 1989 advent of the G50 gearbox, it’s 5 ratios making lag slightly less of an issue, but here was a car that always carried a serious sting in its tail.

A reputation cemented by a dastardly combination of short wheelbase, turbo lag, tail heavy weight distribution and strong lift off oversteer characteristics meant only the most skilled could extract the best from it, whilst many less skilled would find themselves in trouble, and a consequently broken car. Of course for some this defines the very appeal of a 930 Turbo, but for many the car proved hugely exciting but occasionally terrifying to drive – particularly if rain had fallen.

1995 marked the beginning of the evolution towards the 911 Turbo as we know it now; the 993 Turbo introducing technology that had first appeared almost a decade earlier in the seminal 959. Twin turbos delivered an even bigger, yet more manageable hit of power. Married to modern chassis technology & four wheel drive, the 911 Turbo was suddenly a car capable of covering ground with immense speed and security. And if the 993 generation Turbo heralded a new direction in the evolution of the 911 Turbo, the 996 cemented what the 911 Turbo would come to stand for: the definitive all weather supercar.

The 996 represented so much for Porsche, bringing with it the biggest revolution in the 911’s development so far. It introduced a new way of building cars (hence the commonality with its Boxster cousin), a water cooled flax six for the first time and truly modern aerodynamics; the platform would form the basis of the 911 for the next 15 years. It also formed the basis of the 911 Turbo that many regard as the optimum balance of speed, usability and purity of driving experience.

Why? It offers perhaps the perfect blend of compact dimensions (it’s little wider than a 718 Boxster), immense performance from the unburstable Mezger flat six, and a chassis which delivers a secure, communicative driving experience with a purity supposedly lost to PASM & computerized chassis control systems of future generations. Or so the accepted wisdom says….

To read the full in-depth feature of our definitive 996 v 997 Turbo test, pick up a copy of Total 911 issue 159 here or download from Newsstand. 


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Sales spotlight: Porsche 996 GT2

The first five instalments of our new Porsche Sales Spotlight online feature have all showcased the earlier, air-cooled patrons of the iconic 911. This week though, we’re stepping into the water-cooled era with some aplomb – thanks to the 996 GT2.

Currently for sale at esteemed Porsche specialists Paragon – winners of Best Independent Porsche Specialist for Sales at the 2015 Total 911 Awards, no less – this GT2 makes for a sublime performance Porsche and is already a true modern classic.

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Finished in Arctic silver, Paragon’s GT2 is well specced, with a rear factory roll cage complementing the standard spec including a limited slip differential and Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes. The factory bucket seats, offering a supreme hold around the torso while catering for wide shoulders, have had the Porsche logo embossed into the headrests as another optional extra.

Most shouldn’t need reminding as to the GT2’s supremacy hailing from the fact its flat six is derived from the 1998 Le Mans-winning 911 GT1, with a ferocious 460hp of turbocharged firepower fed via a six-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels only. To make proceedings a little more interesting, the GT2 comes with no such driver aids enjoyed by its turbocharged sister in the 996 Turbo.

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There is, however, also a more humble side to this widdowmaker. Fitted with air conditioning and cruise control, this 996 GT2 is the epitome of Butzi’s brief for a 911 to be able to thrill on the track and comfort on the way to the cinema. Stainelss steel kick plates and and an extensive Arctic silver interior package finish the car off nicely and, with 48,992 miles on the clock, Paragon’s example is well priced too at £119,995 – as our 2016 collector’s issue will tell you, we believe there’s still some way to go for the 996 GT2 yet.

To check out this Porsche 996 GT2 in more detail, or to see more of the Porsche 911s on offer at Paragon Porsche, visit their website now.


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Sales debate: Will Porsche 964 values catch up with the 993?

You’d have to be living in solitary confinement not to have witnessed the perpetual rise in values of a host of air-cooled 911s in recent times, with even the once-unloved 964 now on a crest of a wave in terms of reformed popularity. But can general values of the 964 catch and even usurp values of its younger brethren in the 993?

“Everything is continuing to go up, there’s no question of that,” says John Hawkins, proprietor of Specialist Cars of Malton, adding: “A good 964 can easily fetch £40,000, while a good 993 can currently fetch £50,000. The 964 should easily catch up, as it’s the last of that original Porsche 911 shape.”

That may be good news for those who have a tidy 964 parked up in their stable and who may be looking to sell in future. However, before that sales advert is drafted, it’s worth knowing that not everybody believes the 964 is destined for greatness over a later 993 variant.

Jamie Tyler, head of sales at Paragon Porsche, believes daylight will remain between general 964 and 993 values. He tells us: “Personally, I think that 964s will stay a little behind 993 prices. I would love them to catch up mind, as I’ve got one!”

Porsche 964

“I personally think that people love the impact bumper ‘80s cars (the 3.2 Carrera) and, with the 993 being the very last of the air-cooled era, the 964 has always been the car stuck in the middle,” Tyler says.

These differing sentiments from two of the UK’s most respected independent Porsche 911 dealers shows that there’s no united consensus on whether the now-revered 964 is likely to catch the 993 in terms of general values.

That said, it seems those private sellers looking to sell their 964 – or 993 – should perhaps wait a little while longer before they cash-in regardless, with values of air-cooled 911s in rust-free condition continuing to climb.

The news then is irrevocably good for both 964 and 993 owners who intend to enjoy the best of their classic Porsche 911 for some time yet.

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: Which 911 will steal the limelight in 2015?

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS was the car of 2013, while last year saw the Porsche 964 RS shoot up in value. Total 911 asks renowned Porsche experts, Mark Sumpter (Managing Director of Paragon) and Jonathan Franklin (General Manager of Hexagon Modern Classics) which 911 they think will star in 2015.

“Well, 993 GT2s have already gone [up],” begins Sumpter. “The 996 GT2 should [appreciate rapidly] as that’s a sleeper at the moment. If you leave the craziness of the air-cooled stuff behind,” Sumpter feels the first water-cooled GT2 is well placed to rocket in value.

“It’s a super-rare car and they’ve gone from £40,000-50,000 to £50,000-70,000 [in 2014]. But, if an air-cooled GT2 is £600,000, how can a 996 GT2 be a tenth of the price?”

993 RS Comfort

Franklin explains that the effect of the 993 GT2 is sure to be felt in the Porsche market next year, though he believes it will be another 993 that benefits. “We’re seeing GT2s going north of £750,000.

The 993 Carrera RS has got the same seam-welded chassis and a lot of people seem to appreciate the naturally aspirated engine more.”

Therefore, Hexagon’s General Manager feels the last-aircooled Rennsport is well placed to soar into the stratosphere in 2015. With the added cachet of their rarity, the 993 RS – that currently sits “somewhere between £200,000-£250,000, with Clubsports up at about £300,000” – could be touching £500,000 in the next few years according to Franklin.

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“People are looking at Porsches in a big way because they can’t afford a Ferrari anymore,” he explains. “There’s big interest in low-number cars.”

So, will it be air-cooled or water-cooled that thrives at the top end of the market this year? Either way, as 993 GT2s force upward, something will be dragged along.

As Sumpter remarks, “What tends to be happening is, as one 911 goes [up in value] it makes another one look cheaper.” Therefore, whichever 911 hits the headlines this year, its successor in the money stakes won’t be far behind.

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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