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Not that I am proclaiming to be Nostradamus or anything, but I follow the German collector car market literally seven days a week and try to have a pulse on all the models. Therefore, I am here to say that the 997 generation Porsche 911 Turbo is probably near the floor of their prices. The oldest examples are now over 15 years old and these are heading straight into the category of old enough to be classic cool, but still modern enough to use regularly if not daily drive if you live in a climate where that is possible. Important to note that I’m talking about the 997.1 generation, as there is a massive difference once the 997.2 was fitted with the PDK gearbox in addition to the always desirable 6-speed manual.
Today’s car, a 2008 up for sale north of San Francisco, doesn’t have the 6-speed manual but rather the old Tiptronic S five-speed automatic. If you want to get into a 997 Turbo for the least amount of money possible, here you go.
If you’d had told me 20 years ago that Porsche would be building a four-door, all-wheel-drive, off-road style, fully electric wagon, I’d probably have had a hard time believing it. When they started showing up earlier this year, I still had a hard time believing it was real. Looking a bit like a photoshopped homage of the stretched 928 concepts in the 80s, the Cross Turismo is the more pedestrian version of the Sport Turismo. In total, there are now five different versions of just the Taycan wagon. Is that crazy? Yes. But even the base Taycan 4 Cross Turismo packs a potent punch; 469 horsepower is on tap and it’ll scoot to 60 in under 5 seconds. The base price is right around $100k – and if that’s not dear enough (or fast enough) for you, the Turbo S Turismo Cross Turismo will take $200k of your money to half the 60 times. Today’s car may be the base model, but it’s got some neat-looking wheels slapped on it and a striking interior color:
I’d really like to shake the hand of the product planner who decided that today’s car, a 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, needed to be offered in the shade of Amaranth Violet. Yes, this is not a paint-to-sample color, but was actually offered as an optional color for on the 1994 and 1995 model years of the 911 and 968. It’s basically as purple as purple gets and needless to say, extremely rare. Does that mean it brings an extreme premium over a less exciting shade?
The Porsche 914 always deals with the stigma of it just being a Volkswagen that was slapped with a Porsche badge at the last minute, but time heals all wounds and these are generally accepted as being part of the family. Yes, they are rather slow, even by 1970s standards, but that is what you get when buying a 914. Unless you are spending crazy money for a 914/6, your best bet is the buy the nicest example you can find and just enough to the quirkiness of them. Today’s car, a 1974 914 2.0 is finished in the amazing color of Olympic Blue and looks to be extremely clean. Why? Because it’s for sale by its original owner.