By   July 28, 2013

Early Porsche Boxster

5 Affordable Porsches

When most people think of Porsches they think of expensive sports cars. This is for good reason as most will picture the 911 which today starts at around $80,000 with them often costing well over $100,000 with all the options. Add this with the fact that many early and historic classic cars from the German performance car maker can go for top dollar and most people assume that all Porsches are very expensive.

But what if you want to own a Porsche, but don’t have a very big budget? Fortunately, there are actually a number of used Porsches that can be had for very little money. Below are the cars that can be found for a reasonable budget.

  1. Porsche Boxster (1997-1999)
    The early Boxster provided open air driving in a car that definitely looks like a Porsche. The mid-engined water cooled sports car offers great handling a decent performance. The car has a flat-six engine that will give you that special feeling. It wasn’t until the S model was released that performance took a big jump, but the early cars still provide plenty of open-air driving fun.
    You can find an early well maintained Boxster for $10,000-$15,000, but before you buy one look into RMS failure and plan on some corrective action if the previous owner hasn’t already done so.
  2. Porsche 928
    At one time the 928 was the most expensive production model in Porsche’s lineup. The front engined V8 powered car offers good performance and great handling. The 928 is more of a GT car and is arguably the best GT car ever made. The styling is very late ’70s or ’80s, but in a good way.
    You can find a well-maintained 928 for $10,000-$15,000 with earlier cars often being available for even less.
  3. Porsche 914
    The 914 was the first major mid-engined production car by Porsche. The car was a joint venture between Porsche and Volkswagen, so the car has a lot off VW parts. The engines in all but the 914-6 are air-cooled VW engines.
    You can find a good well maintained 914 for $5,000-$10,000, but keep a sharp eye out for rust.
  4. Porsche 944
    The 944 is a great handling car and in Turbo and S2 forms they offer great performance. The standard car still offers good performance with most cars being capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds (this varies depending on the year, for example the 1983 model managed a 7.8 second 0 to 60 mph time when tested by Road and Track). The front engined car is reliable and is considered by many the perfect starter Porsche.
    A well maintained standard 944 can be purchased for $3,000-$8,000 depending on the year.
  5. Porsche 924
    The 924 was originally designed by Porsche for VW, but when Volkswagen decided not to build the car, Porsche bought back the project. Because of this the car has many VW parts and has an Audi engine. In the U.S. especially it was down on power. This was improved in the later Turbo and S models. However, both models were only able to offer about the same performance as the standard 944.
    For a well maintained 924 expect to pay $2,000-$5,000, but in early cars look out for rust.

Bonus car:
Porsche 911SC
The 911SC was made in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The air-cool sports car provides good reliability with a solid 3.0-liter engine. While the SC is not the fastest 911 model it still is capable of good performance with a 0 to 60 mph time of 6.7 seconds.
You can find a good well maintained 911SC for $15,000-$25,000.

If you decide to buy any of these cars make sure to do some research to find the car that is right for you. It is always wiser to pay a bit more for a well maintained and documented car and a Pre-Purchase Inspection is always a good idea. No matter your budget, you can buy a Porsche. Just remember that repairs cost a bit more in these cars, so make sure to buy a good one.