Used Porsches: the ones to pick

Used Porsches: the ones to pick
Used Porsches: the ones to pick

Used Porsches aren’t cheap! An exponential rise in values over the past few years has left some variants out of reach of many would-be owners, and while investors are rubbing their hands together with glee, that’s not good news for less wedged-up enthusiasts.

All is not lost, however. A £10,000 budget will still get you something desirable with the Porsche shield on the nose – and if you play your cards right, when you come to sell it might even be worth more than you paid, too.

Here are our top in-budget buys across four price ranges: £10,000, £20,000, £30,000 and £50,000.

Best used Porsches for £10,000

3. Porsche Cayenne (02-10) 2004 S, 75,000 miles, £8000

It might not be as roomy as some rival premium SUVs, but no competitor will drive better than a Cayenne, which will prove invaluable both on and off tarmac. That distinctive nose will make you feel like you own a 911, too. Just beware high running costs. Check out this listing here

2. Porsche 944 1988 2.5 Lux, 61,000 miles, £9999

Superb handling balance, useable real-world performance and bargain price tags outweigh the 944’s lack of an iconic flat-six powerplant. Buy before prices start rising. Check out this listing here

1. Porsche Boxster (96-04) 2002 S, 68,000 miles, £8775

 

The original Boxster opened up Porsche ownership to a much wider audience, and is accredited by many with saving the brand. Now’s the time to buy this fun-driving performance bargain. Just do your research and check any potential purchase has had common issues fixed. Check out this listing here

Best used Porsches for £20,000

3. Porsche 968 1993 Coupe, 124,000 miles, £19,995

The front-engined 924 genre started in 1976, and the fine-handling 968 was its last iteration. It boasted a 273bhp 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine, a muscled-up chassis and enhanced suspension. Check out this listing here

2. Porsche 911 (97-04) 2002 Carrera, 79,000 miles, £17,995

Tips for buying a 911 from this generation: buy the latest car you can afford, and ensure there’s a full service history. It’s an icon for an entry-level price, but beware its reliability reputation, while the looks aren’t the prettiest. Check out this listing here

1. Porsche Cayman (04-12) 2010 2.9, 67,000 miles, £19,995

Again, the looks of the first-generation Cayman weren’t universally admired, but the mid-engined model’s superb handling will definitely be to all tastes. Check the mechanicals of any early car, buy as late as you can, and don’t dismiss the 2.9-litre model; it’s just as enjoyable as the more powerful car. Check out this listing here

Best used Porsches for £30,000

3. Porsche 928 1990 GT, 69,000 miles, £29,000

V8-powered GT was a big departure for the German brand, but the 928 still looks good four decades on. Values continue to rise. Check out this listing here

2. Porsche Boxster (2012-2016) 2012 2.7, 15,000 miles, £26,995

Sub-£10k will only buy something from the earlier, lower echelons of this model range, but the 2.7-litre version is still a great car. With much-improved all-round ability and the accustomed scintillating drive, it was a cut above its predecessor. Check out this listing here

1. Porsche 911 (04-12) 2007 S, 63,000 miles, £29,750

This is the best value 911 currently on the market, and many consider it at least as good to drive as its successor. Fixing engines issues on early cars can be costly, however. Check out this listing here

Best used Porsches for £50,000

3. Porsche 911 (1993-1998) 1994 Carrera, 76,000 miles, £49,995

The last-of-the-line air-cooled 911 is a landmark machine, so this final ‘proper’ Porsche can’t fail to be a good investment. Prices do go up to £50,000, so a fifth of that will only stretch to a less desirable Tiptronic auto, but no one can fault the drive. Check out this listing here

2. Porsche Macan 2016 S Diesel PDK, 20,000 miles, £50,000

A peerless drive outweighs the Macan’s reduced practicality compared with rivals. It’s cheaper to run and more wieldy than the Cayenne, but exhibits all the class and usability you’d expect. Check out this listing here

1. Porsche Cayman (12-16) 2016 S, 11,000 miles, £48,000

The classic six-cylinder engine alone makes this generation of Cayman more than worth choosing, but this is enhanced by tremendous handling prowess. Just make sure you avoid anything that doesn’t have the optional adaptive suspension, unless you like a harsh ride. View the full listing here

 

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