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Porsche 911 type advice: golden mean - 911 from 35,000 euros

Hardy Mutschler
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D he range is limited in the price range from 30,000 to 40,000 euros not only on three different body types, but also offers an enormous range of models from three decades - from the early seventies to the early nineties, from 130 to 250 hp, from the F model to the 964 series. So the prospective Porsche owner can spend nights thinking about which 911 will make him happy.

Even with the 130 HP carburettor engine you are nimble on the move

Anyone considering an early, chrome-tipped F-model, for example, would recommend a Porsche 911 T 2.4 from 1972, for which at least 40,000 euros must be invested. The T stands for 'Touring' and designates the carburettor-equipped entry-level models built from 1967 to 1973. The T 2.4 models intended for the US market, which received an injection system and developed 140 hp, were an exception.

But even with the 130 hp from the high-torque carburetor boxer, you are nimble on the road. But: A significantly more expensive Porsche 911 S 2.4 still has a whopping 190 hp. However, because the engine power of early 911 classics is of particular interest to collectors, it is easy to get over the renunciation of the extra power of the S in everyday life.

'The performance is actually a minor matter'

This is also confirmed by Porsche dealer Heinrich Botz ( www.elferpool.de ), who opened his shop in 1998 in Ubstadt-Weiher near Bruchsal: 'Customers Those who are interested in an early Porsche 911 want to be informed precisely about the history and condition of a car. The engine performance is actually secondary. ' Therefore, well-maintained, high-torque T-models are now in demand, whose carburettor engines are cheaper to maintain than the early injection versions.

The Targa versions of the Porsche 911 are also always in demand. However, if you want to buy a good, completely overhauled bow-type 911 for around 35,000 euros, you have to make friends with the younger G-model. For example a 911 Targa from 1976 with a 2.7-liter engine in the look of the eighties, whose six-cylinder with conventional Bosch K-Jetronic develops 165 hp.

Porsche specialist Botz also recommends buying:'In recent years, many Elfer customers have increasingly opted for a Targa to take a leisurely stroll or to drive a classic car rally.'

Power with risk

On the other hand, the catalyst-free Porsche 911 SC 3.0 from 1978 to 1983, which is still equipped with the tried and tested Bosch K-Jetronic and currently traded from around 30,000 euros, offers real performance. Here, 204 HP (from 8/1980) move just 1,160 kilograms of car weight, the top speed is an impressive 235 km /h.

However, the three-liter SC tend to suffer from cracked studs for mounting the cylinder head due to the lack of rust protection. Here Porsche 911 specialist Wolfgang Reile from Classic Power advises a visual inspection on the lifting platform. Crackling noises when the machine is cold are more than a clear warning signal.

The stud bolt problem has improved somewhat with the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2. The 3.2 series offered from 1984 to 1989 is also the most widely produced. Coupé, Targa and Cabrio combined, resulted in a total of 74,125 units.

Thanks to a regulated catalytic converter (Euro 1, after conversion also Euro 2), these youngtimers can also be driven in the environmental zones and become classics. The sensitively working digital engine electronics and a full torque of up to 279 Newton meters make this 911 generation problem-free everyday partners. Another plus: There are still many of the around 20,000 Porsche 911 Cabriolets produced.

Porsche 911 convertibles are still available cheaply

Porsche introduced the convertible as early as 1983 with the Porsche 911 SC 3.0, which initially did not replace the Targa. Integrated sheet metal parts make the convertible top very stable and quiet. With the help of a zipper, the flexible rear window can be detached from the convertible top, as on the original Targa, and stowed away more gently. The electric convertible top drive finally came in the 1986 model year.

A neat two-car convertible from 1985 and later is still comparatively inexpensive and, above all, available at no extra charge compared to its coupé brother: around 30,000 euros. Today's 911 friends seem to deny that the young Porsche 911 Cabrio offspring is directly related to the original models, be it Coupé or Targa. With one exception: 'We are now looking for the very first convertibles based on the SC 3.0 because there were only a little more than 4,000 of them,' admits Porsche dealer Botz. And: 'Even the younger 3.2 convertibles, Targa and Coupés are and will remain true 911s in my opinion.'

This statement also applies to the Porsche 911 Type 964, the last expansion stage of the original 911 with a comparatively slender body. The 250 hp coupés cost a hefty 107,100 marks in 1990, compared to a Porsche 911 SC 3.0 ten years earlier48,750 marks came. In this respect, 34,000 euros are well invested for the 22-year-old classic car. Rust is not an issue, not significantly more than 120,000 kilometers on the clock either.

Everything a Porsche 911 needs: the 964

We openly admit: the Porsche 911 of the type 964 lacks the graceful fragility of the early 911, as well as their cool elegance and not least that nonchalance with which the narrow tires drive away others. But anyone who wants to invest significantly less than 50,000 euros and then be carefree and super-fast in a 911 is well served with the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (1990 to 1993).

The headlights and side window frames of the Porsche 911 are still cheeky in the wind, the engine is still air-cooled. Just as important: it is available in all three body variants and, if required, also as a Carrera 4 with all-wheel drive. Always with you: 250 hp and the indestructible 3.6-liter boxer.

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