Appreciating Porsche Models
Porsche is responsible for creating some of the world’s finest and most desirable sports and supercars. Their most famous model, the 911, is one of the most iconic and much-celebrated cars available.
Interestingly, some specific versions of modern 911 models have been selling for incredible amounts in recent times, whilst classic and unique 911 models are also experiencing a significant uplift in market value.
We have therefore decided to take a look at some of our favourites and examine the reasons behind their growth, making them some of the most sought-after used Porsche 911s out there.
Porsche 911 R (991) 2016
The Porsche 911 R is a perfect example of how limited edition Porsche 911 models are appreciating in value, and becoming serious collector’s items. Just 991 (fitting, being a 991 generation model) examples of the 911 R were made, and were quickly snapped up by lucky Porsche customers.
Launched at a time when supercars and high performance cars all seemed to distribute their unbelievable power via automatic, paddle-shift, F1-style gearboxes, the 911 R stood out thanks to its simple, but wonderful, manual gearbox. A 4.0-litre, flat-6 engine found in the 911 GT3 RS was the chosen heart for the 911 R, which develops 493bhp, whilst interestingly the body is based on that of a standard Porsche 911.
The R is light too, making do without the aero wing, which appears on the GT3 RS. Being a manual, the gearbox weighs considerably less than the auto found in other rapid 911 models, and a titanium exhaust system is used to further enhance the lightweight feeling of the 911 R, helping the car accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Upon launch in 2016, the 911 R had an RRP of circa £136,000. Today, used values are often twice this price, and command even more for low mileage/low owner examples.
Porsche 911 Sport Classic (997) 2010
Before the 991 generation of 911 came the 997 generation. This particular era of 911 has many 'modern classic' examples, with enthusiasts and Porsche aficionados always searching for the special cars of this era.
Limited edition cars, especially with a Porsche badge, are almost certain to rise in value or become sought-after, and the 911 Sport Classic has certainly done that. As only 250 examples of the Sport Classic were made, it is a much rarer proposition than the R mentioned previous. The Sport Classic also makes use of classic Porsche styling features that you do not see much on modern 911 models, such as the Fuch style wheels and the ducktail spoiler.
The engine is the same 3.8-litre found in the Carrera S from the same era, only power was increased from 380bhp to 402bhp, ensuring a 0 to 62mph time of just 4.6 seconds.
Upon launch, the Sport Classic had an RRP of circa £140,000. Today, due to the rarity and retro looks, prices have increased and can command double or more, than their original price, depending on condition and history. With only 32 UK cars, finding one for sale is always tricky.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997) 2010
Another low production number 911, again from the 997 generation, this time in the form of the hugely powerful 911 GT2 RS. Producing a colossal 620bhp from its 3.6-litre twin-turbo engine, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS was the most powerful Porsche to leave the infamous Stuttgart factory back in 2010, with a 0 to 62mph sprint accomplished in a mind-blowing 3.4 seconds.
The GT2 RS could then continue to astonish its passengers all the way up to 205mph. Only 500 GT2 RS models were made, which is another contributor to its impressive appreciation.
As is the case, the value of a 997 GT2 RS today is all in the detail. Low miles and low owners are always going to raise the asking price. Back in 2010, the 997 GT2 RS had a standard RRP of circa £164,000. At the time of writing, models tend to command £300,000, or even £400,000 for Clubsport versions - which offer more track-inspired upgrades, and essentially turn the car into a road legal racing car.
Porsche 911 Speedster (991) 2019
Another limited edition Porsche 911, the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is only the sixth Porsche to ever grace the Speedster name, and only the fifth 911. The first Speedster was the gorgeous Porsche 356 Speedster from 1954, followed by the 1988 G-Series 911 Speedster. A 964 generation 911 Speedster followed in 1992.
The rarest 911 Speedster happens to be the 993 generation, of which only two were ever made. One was built for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and the other for well-known Porsche lover and comedian, Jerry Seinfeld. The 997 generation Speedster followed in 2010 with only 356 built, bringing us neatly to the latest Speedster to be built, in the form of the 991 generation 911 Speedster.
As the 991 generation's swansong, the Speedster was the last 911 of this particular era. It features the 4.0-litre engine from the 991 generation GT3, but with power increased to 503bhp; the Speedster lives up to its name with a 0 to 62mph time of just 4.0 seconds.
With it being the last 991 generation of 911, the Speedster was circa £211,000 new. At the time of writing, examples can fetch in excess of £300,000.
Porsche 911 GT3 (992) 2021
With the other models in our list having been around for a number of years, at the time of writing, this stunning 992 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 is arguably one of 2021's most hotly anticipated cars.
Featuring a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine, producing 503bhp and the choice of a manual or PDK transmission, the GT3 can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in as little as 3.4 seconds, and onto a top speed of 198mph.
Being the latest high performance Porsche 911 is always going to appeal, and with the GT3 being arguably the best sports car out there, it is hardly surprising to learn that demand for these cars has overtaken supply, as is the case with any new range-topping Porsche 911 model.
This has meant that used cars, with low, or in some cases delivery mileage are already being advertised much higher than their original circa £128,000 RRP, some commanding double their original value. With the sheer love and desire Porsche cars have, it comes as no surprise and bodes for an interesting future on the market value of these cars, and makes us excited for what models will follow.
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