In a recent episode of the popular YouTube channel, Hoovie’s Garage, the topic of why everyone currently over pays for an air-cooled Porsche 911 came up. The 1985 911 Carrera 3.2 that was purchased in the video cost $38,000.
Many folks think we could be in a classic car bubble, which (if true) would mean that the same car may soon be worth a few thousand dollars less. Over the long run the classic 911 won’t loose money, but it is possible that the market could dip for a bit.
I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.
Currently, the best values in used Porsches are the 986 and 996 generation cars. Both the Boxster (986) and 911 (996) offer a good amount of performance with prices of both being south of $20,000. In fact you can find a clean running early Boxster for as low as $5,000.
While the 996 will run you a bit more, you can find clean running early examples of the 911 For under $15,000 and we’ve seen a few as low $10,000. While there are a few things that attribute to these low prices, there is one major reason that they are so affordable, the Intermediate Shaft Bearing (IMS).