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From the Editor…
UP FRONT… “£50k is a lot of money for a Porsche, but it’s all relative if you’re getting a lot of Porsche for your £50k”
£50k 911s? That’s a reasonable amount of money for sure, but when a new Golf GTI can cost close to £40k, with some tasty options, and a new 911 can quite easily be over £100,000, then perhaps not. And besides, with finance being the preferred option for sales new or secondhand, it’s the monthly figure that counts. Whatever, it seems to be the sweet-spot for modern 911s as witnessed by the price convergence of 996, 997 and 991 models gathered for this month’s cover feature.
I must confess the idea for this story came rather from the realisation that a 991 could now be bought for close to £50k (or bang on £50k for a private sale), while late 997s in C4S form were heading to £50k and beyond, with 997 GTSs well beyond. And then there is the resurgence of good 996 Turbos, which not that long ago were on the floor price wise. That’s the full gamut of modern 911s, albeit in variations on the theme, rising and falling to meet market and demand, which I guess has to be a good thing.
“At this price level, what you’re getting is going to be good. It has to be”
One thing is certain with this: at this price level, what you’re getting is going to be good, with no ifs and buts as to condition and history. Quite simply, it has to be. Sure, a 991 at £50k is going to have perhaps higher than average miles, but then it’s going to have age on its side. A 997 at £50k is going to be a late model gen 2 and in peak condition, likewise a 996 Turbo. These are cars that you can get in and drive and not have to worry about beyond routine maintenance, which for a lot of buyers counts for a lot. In other words, you get what you pay for…
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