Hardly any other question is discussed as often as that of which classic/used Porsche is the best investment or will increase in value the most. That is, of course, an interesting one. The answer? Always highly speculative. Nevertheless, there are some indications. And after all, with all the coffee guesswork, it’s fun. So, today in Elferspot magazine: Five Porsches that not only drive really well, but could also offer returns.
For a long time, the Porsche 968 eked out a shadowy existence. Yet the last transaxle – especially as a Club Sport – offered fantastic driving performance. As a plus, its production numbers are almost laughably low. There were just 1,538 units in total. Nevertheless, it still is available at a bargain price. This fine piece of transaxle balance can be yours for less than 40,000 Euros. This is still below the original price of 77,000 DM. In return, you get the unofficial front-engined GT3, the icing on the cake of the 968 series. Unlike the lightweight special models today, by the way, the 968 Clubsport was not only subjected to a diet, but also offered new at a lower price than the base model. It was intended to revive the stumbling sales figures of the Porsche 968.
Porsche gave it sports suspension and 17-inch wheels for this purpose. At the same time, the rear seats were omitted without replacement in the first year of production (1993), making the CS a true 2-seater. There were also fewer speakers, less lighting and no electric mirrors. The 3 liter 4-cylinder engine remained unchanged at 240 horsepower. Shifting gears in the 968 Clubsport, available exclusively as a coupe, is done by manual 6-speed box. Starting in 1994, more optional equipment – including the rear back seat – was offered for the CS. The color selection was limited to Grand Prix white, Indian red, maritime blue, speed yellow and black.
The Porsche 928 S4, offered from 1987 to 1991, is a car like a Saint Bernard. A loyal, powerful companion that at first glance you wouldn’t necessarily expect to cut such a fine figure in the mountains. The large 5-liter V8 with four-valve technology produces 320 hp. It was given a new front section, which is often referred to as the Sharknose. Even today, the 928 doesn’t look dated. It’s simply incredible, that this car is already 35 years old. But in its function as a link between the original 70s design and the late 90s 928 GT and GTS, it was often ignored. Yet, the 928 is probably the best Gran Turismo of its time, anyway.
In 1989, Porsche used its impressive GT qualities as an opportunity to position the S4 differently, wenn the 928 GT was launched. From then on, the 928 S4 was no longer available with a manual transmission. This is probably another reason for the S4’s low retail prices to date. While the GT and GTS models have increased in value considerably and are now in the upper five-digit price range, the S4 is still easily available for half the price. The S4 cuts a fantastic figure as a touring vehicle in the pandemic revival of individual tourism – even with a 4-speed automatic. The driving performance is also almost identical to the GT. And let’s be honest: Who can resist this front?
The 2nd gen Porsche Boxster (987) has quietly become a real investment. The days when you could buy an early 987 Boxster for 20,000 Euros are over. Not to mention the 987.2. In the shadow of the 911, it has also increased in value by a few percent. Even the earlier 987.1 can hardly be bought for less than 25,000 euros. In absolute terms, of course, this is not a huge leap, but in relation it is considerable. This is certainly also due to the fact that the 987 is more emancipated and independent than its predecessor. In terms of driving, it was beyond doubt anyway.
Especially as a late Porsche Boxster S with 310 hp, its performance is almost on par with the 997 Carrera. In five seconds from 0-62 mph, with the top down on a sunny mountain road…. sounds tempting, doesn’t it? And yet the strength of the 987 Boxster S lies more in its lateral dynamics. No other roadster is as consequently trimmed to being a sports car as the humble Boxster. The sound of the boxer engine can also be savoured insanely well thanks to the mid-engine configuration. Believe us, that intake noise is addictive. A lot of driving pleasure is guaranteed here, value stability and, with good care, even growth are probable. Although of course no doubling of value is to be expected. Clear purchase recommendation!
Time for the first Porsche 911 in this list. The Carrera 3.2 WTL, i.e. factory turbo look with option M491, is a hot candidate for lots of driving fun with an excellent return on investment. Of course, it’s no longer a secret that the widebody cars have increasingly come into focus in recent years. And exceptionally good examples already cost well over 100,000 Euros. But they still exist, Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 WTL for five-figure sums. As the really good, “narrow” 911 Carrera 3.2 move up in price stept by step, the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 with M491 package are also increasing in value with some respect.
A large part of this was simply due to availability. A total of 3,640 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 with M491 were ordered, including 1,684 convertibles, 559 Targa and 1,397 coupes. More than half of the vehicles went to the USA. Particularly rare, by the way, are those Carrera 3.2 WTL with the equipment code M470. This stands for the omission of the spoiler at the front and rear, i.e. a somewhat cleaner look. Another reason for the price difference today is the surcharge for new customers in the 80s. A 25,000 to 30,000 DM premium had to be paid for the additional equipment, which besides the turbo look contained suspension and brake components from the Turbo and even the 917. We think: The end of the line has not yet been reached!
We don’t want to be too lurid now, but the bare facts speak for themselves. The first Porsche 911 Carrera GTS of the 991 generation is also the last 911 with a naturally aspirated engine that isn’t a GT3 or 911 R. It’s the link between the Carrera S and the GT3 and combines, with only slight compromises, the acoustic and dynamic experience of the GT3 with the comfort of the Carrera S. For anyone who wants to experience the dynamics of a GT Porsche from time to time without sacrificing too many creature comforts in everyday life, the 991.1 Carrera GTS is the perfect car.
The 430-hp 991.1 Carrera GTS is recognizable from the outside by its center-lock rims, modified trunk lid and dark headlight inserts. The production numbers only instensify the have-to-have factor. A total of only 10,159 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS of the 991.1 series, or 991 Mk 1, were built. There are even only 1,525 of the beguilingly beautiful Targas. This compares to 5,510 coupes and 3,124 convertibles, which are still divided into rear- and all-wheel drive. The Targa, on the other hand, was only available with all-wheel drive. The current price level at just over 100,000 Euros is unlikely to drop below that. The right car for connoisseurs!
Last but not least, a note that can hardly be overstated. Even though Porsches are now often seen as an investment, they are made for driving. Long idle periods are anything but beneficial to their condition. Regular journeys, even with high-priced cars, are important. In addition to the vehicles themselves, passers-by, especially petrolheads, enjoy the sight of classics like a beautiful G-Model. And what’s more, it also helps to increase personal returns!
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