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The 2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year Long List

As we begin the final month of 2016, it’s time to launch the annual Total 911 Photo of the Year competition, and this year the long list of 20 potential contenders looks better than ever.

From iconic cars in even more iconic locations (such as our 3.2 Speedster in Shanghai) to epic road trips in stunning machinery (like a stunning Alpine jaunt in a 997 GT3 RS 4.0), our team of world class snappers have outdone themselves in 2016, submitting some of the best photography Total 911 has ever seen.

Selecting just 20 shots from the thousands of submissions was a tough ask but we’ve done it and now, with the Long List locked in, the power is entirely in the hands of you, the Total 911 readers.

Sticking with our regular format for the POTY competition, over the next week, you’ll have the chance to vote for the photo that you feel is most deserving of a place on the Short List (we’ll be sharing the contenders daily on our Facebook and Twitter pages).

Then, next Thursday, we will announce the super six shortlisted shots, opening a new round of voting (with the poll again open for a week) where you will decide the winner. On Thursday 15 December, with as much fanfare as we can muster, we will announce the 2016 Total 911 Photo of the Year.

So what are you waiting for? Get voting now:


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Sales Debate: How will the manual 991.2 affect the GT3 market?

After the launch of the 991 GT3, everyone thought that the manual gearbox had been confined to Weissach’s history books. But now, with the 991.2 almost certainly set to come with the option of a clutch pedal, how will the new car affect the GT3 market? We ask the experts to lend their opinions.

“It’s a really hard one to make a call on,” says Parr’s Lawrence Stockwell. The independent specialist’s customers fall into one of two camps according to the head of PR: those who want the latest and greatest (“as long as it’s faster and better”), and those who prefer raw mechanical feel (“the purists”).

The former will prefer the 991.2 with a PDK transmission, while the manual gearbox may not be enough to appease the latter according to Stockwell. “I still think there is a question mark over the level of electronic involvement on the car. I don’t think the manual transmission is the fixer,” he explains.

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“I think it will help to restore people’s confidence but I still feel as though there is not a lot of love for the 991.” Therefore, the Parr man believes that “as far as values go, it’s [the 991.2’s] not going to have a massive effect” on the GT3 market.

RPM Technik’s Sales Manager, Greig Daly, disagrees about the level of love for the 991.1 (“it’s a fabulous transmission and a great car in its current guise”). He does agree with Stockwell though that the initial readjustment on the GT3 market will be minimal.

Assuming that stock availability is the same as the last generation, “you won’t be able to get hold of one because they’ll all be sold,” explains Daly. This means he expects the 991.2 GT3 to hit the used market at around £140,000-£160,000, knocking the Gen1 991s back slightly to “the early £100,000s.”

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But what about the 997.1 and 997.2 GT3s behind that? “I don’t really see that affecting them in the short to medium term because they’ve got a Mezger engine and race pedigree,” Daly says, perhaps validating Stockwell’s argument about the 991’s different character.

It may halt their appreciation but, as the RPM Sales Manager points out, “they’ve not really been moving” anyway. Instead, both Daly and Stockwell feel it won’t be until the sales split between manual and PDK becomes evident that the market will see any movement.

The Parr man concludes that, “the purists will want the manual gearbox and, maybe, initially those cars will fetch a premium. When the new car sales start revealing how many of each are being sold, then it will settle down.” It’s only once it has settled down (maybe a year down the line from launch) that the market will make any adjustments, according to Daly. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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 Spotlight: Porsche 911S 2.4

When Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS values began to skyrocket four or five years ago, one of the first Neunelfers to follow suit was the 2.4-litre 911S. Arguably more practical than its Rennsport big brother, the 2.4S was the next best thing for classic Porsche enthusiasts who could no longer afford the ’73 RS’s thrills.

Over the years, prices of Porsche 911 2.4Ss (built between 1972 and 1973) gradually crept upwards reaching a point 12 months or so ago where the very best cars were sat at dealers with price tags a considerable way north of £200,000.

Now though, with a slight revaluation of the classic Porsche 911 market, these iconic Neunelfers have settled back at slightly more sensible values, as evidenced by not one but two examples currently available at esteemed specialist, Paul Stephens, both of which are priced under £160,000.

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Incredibly, both cars are from the 1972 model year, meaning that they feature the idiosyncratic oil filler flap on the right rear arch. Offered for just a single year, the ‘oelklappe’ models are, thanks to their additional rarity, especially desirable.

Paul Stephens’ two examples were both originally delivered to Italy, with the Sepia Brown 911 2.4S then travelling to the Netherlands before arriving in the UK in 2001, having covered just 50,976km (31,675 miles), at which point it was fitted with a new speedo and odometer reading in miles per hour.

Having covered an additional 18,061 miles since its expatriation to the UK, the Sepia Brown car has been kept in superbly original (and usable) condition, with the only change to its specification the fitment of some desirable period Recaro sports seats.

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The Light Ivory Porsche 911S 2.4 has been preserved beautifully over the years by the likes of Autofarm, retaining all of its original features, including its matching numbers flat six.

Having completed just 5,000 miles since the often-finicky 915 gearbox was rebuilt in 2012, the car’s current owners haven’t let the 2.4S want for anything, keeping it in fine aesthetic and mechanical fettle. Offered for sale at £159,995 it seems like a relative bargain.

If you fancy a Porsche 911 2.4S for your garage, you can see more information on these two examples, and the rest of Paul Stephens’ stock, by visiting their website now.

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Sales Spotlight: Porsche 993 Carrera 4S

As has happened in other areas of the air-cooled Porsche 911 market, Porsche 993 Carrera 4S prices have, over the last few years, been pulled up by the appreciation of models further up the Neunelfer food chain.

Whenever the 993 Turbo has broken new ground, the Carrera 4S has soon followed suit, normally around £30,000-£50,000 behind its forced induction sibling. However, the 993 C4S does have a particularly popular following of its own.

Built using the Turbo body shell, the Porsche 993 Carrera 4S’s wide haunches are especially alluring when bereft of the optional aerokit, as this example from classic Porsche specialists, Hexagon Modern Classics demonstrates.

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Along with the four-wheel drive system and wider track, the 993 Carrera 4S inherited the Turbo’s improved ‘Big Red’ brakes and the lower sports suspension, making it a superb everyday air-cooled Porsche 911.

With the Varioram-equipped flat six providing the propulsion, the Carrera 4S also benefits from greater mid-range torque than earlier narrow body 993 Carreras (and an extra 13hp at the top end).

Even by Porsche 993 Carrera 4S standard, Hexagon’s car isn’t cheap, with the North London dealership currently asking for £89,995. However, they are specialists at finding exceptional low-mileage examples for their stock and this 993 is no exception to that rule.

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Having covered just 21,450 since it was delivered new in 1997, this C4S looks immaculate inside and out, with the unusual Arena Red Metallic paintwork retaining its deep lustre.

In the cabin, the black leather sports seats are only showing some minor creasing wheel the 993’s steering wheel looks virtually untouched. As you’ll notice, this is a left-hand drive example but, for UK buyers, we’d just take that as an excuse to go on various European adventures with this C4S.

Coming with a number of options, including the original Porsche Sound Package and an electric sunroof, Hexagon’s 993 Carrera 4S will also come with a 12-month warranty and a comprehensive history file.

For more information on this 993 Carrera 4S, or to see more of their excellent Porsche 911 stock, check out Hexagon Modern Classic’s website now.

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Sales debate: Why are 996 GT2s undervalued compared to 993 and 997 GT2s?

For a while now, 993 GT2s have sat near the top of the financial tree as one of the most expensive production Porsche 911s on the collector’s market; expect to pay upwards of £500,000 ($675,450) for a nice example of the original widowmaker. The 993’s successor, the 996 GT2, has lagged behind value-wise though.

A year or so ago, a water-cooled GT2 could be found for under £60,000 ($81,000), making it one of our Neunelfers to buy in issue 126’s investor’s special, and, despite a price rise proving us right, they still languish behind 993 and 997 widowmakers.

“There’s quite a handful of them on the market right now,” says Porsche specialist Lee Maxted-Page, “and they’re in a spread between £100,000 to £150,000 ($135,00 to $202,000).”

With just 173 examples of the 993 GT2 built compared to the 996’s production run of 1,287, is this price gap purely down to the numbers available?

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“No,” Maxted-Page confirms. “996 GT2s are still very low production cars as there were 129 UK cars built between 2001-04: 16 in 2001, 66 in 2002, 31 in 2003 and then 16 Gen2s in 2004.”

However, despite the 996’s prowess as a driver’s car, Maxted-Page feels it can’t be compared to the 993, the latter a “proper homologated car for Le Mans.” Mark Sumpter from Paragon agrees, pointing to the 996’s lack of racing pedigree as a key reason why its value lagged far behind the 993 GT2.

While Sumpter points out that the relative abundance of 996s does, rightfully, have an effect on the GT2 price gap, he feels that as the 996 is “a decade newer than the 993, the water-cooled car hasn’t hit ‘classic’ values yet.”

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It’s one of the reasons why Sumpter believes “good, original-spec 996 GT2s will continue to appreciate”, making them a good purchase despite the price hike they’ve enjoyed over the last year.

Maxted-Page agrees: “A lot of this water-cooled stuff has taken more time to appreciate than the air-cooled stuff,” he says. “But recently, the focus has been on Turbos, from the early 930s right the way through.”

As the 911 enters a new turbocharged era, Maxted- Page feels that interest is only going one way: “Low mileage, factory original cars have the potential to be valued in the £150,000 to £200,000 ($202,000 to $270,000) bracket.”

Sumpter is even more optimistic and claims, “a low-mileage, perfect car may get to £250,000 ($337,600) in the next two or three years.” He adds, “I think they will settle at around one third of the price of a good 993 GT2.” Good news if you thought you’d missed the water-cooled widowmaker boat.

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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