Buying The Cheapest Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe In The USA

By   June 10, 2020

Porsche 996

Porsche 996

The Porsche 996 is currently the most affordable generation of the 911. Prices of early 996s are especially low when compared to later examples.

The thing about the early cars is that they have a few things that in the future may turn out to be desirable. Namely the fact that they have a more durable dual row IMS bearing and a cable driven throttle body.

Since selling my dependable Porsche 986 Boxster that I owned for over six years late last year, I had been searching for the next Porsche. I wasn’t going for the cheapest 911 or Cayman S, but this 1999 996 was priced so low that I couldn’t resist.

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Ferrari 360 – Is It A Good Investment?

By   April 23, 2020

Ferrari 360

Ferrari 360

The words Ferrari and investment are often used together in the collector car market. With the current COVID-19 pandemic shutting down much of the world’s economy, many are looking to take their money out of the stock market and put it somewhere that it can retain its value. While a well balanced portfolio over a long period of time, will likely (at least historically based) be a good investment, for those trying to time the market or to be prepared to weather the storm, the collector car market starts to look very tempting.

The ideal car to purchase is one that has hit all of its depreciation and that has the potential to appreciate. The great thing with collector cars is that you maintain a tangible asset that will have some value into the future no matter what happens with the world’s currencies. Of course there is the issue of maintenance of a car, but if you buy a well maintenance example to begin with and keep the miles low, you may not need to put much into it when you decide it is time to sell.

One car that appears to possibly be near the bottom of its depreciation curve is the Ferrari 360.

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Saying Goodbye To My Porsche Boxster

By   January 23, 2020

Porsche 986 Boxster

Porsche 986 Boxster

If you’ve followed this blog for a while then you probably already know that I have owned three Porsches so far. The first was a Porsche 924, followed by a 944 and finally a 986 Boxster.

I only had the 924 for about two years (it was a running restoration project, purchased for just $200) and had the 944 for over 5 years. The Boxster has been in my garage for the past six years.

But, all good things must come to an end and as always, it is a bitter sweet experience to sell a Porsche that you’ve enjoyed for over half a decade.

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Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS Get A 4.0-liter Flat-Six

By   January 22, 2020

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS

Porsche 718 Cayman GTS and Boxster GTS

When Porsche first released the Porsche Boxster as a 1997 model year vehicle, it had a wonderful flat-six sitting in the middle. In the 2005 model year, the Cayman joined the lineup and once again a flat-six was sitting in the middle.

All was well until the 718 Boxster and Cayman models where released with a turbocharged flat-four engine. While when pushed the new power plant outperformed the outgoing six cylinder, the characteristic flat-six whale was missed by most enthusiasts.

The only option for a mid-engined naturally aspirated flat-six in a 718 has been the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder. While great cars, the premium over the base and S model is out of reach for many.

For those that can’t quite afford a GT4 or Spyder, Porsche will now offer another model trims featuring a flat-six.

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