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Porsche 911 Buyer's Guide

2nd Edition

Updated for 2017 with complete specs, insider knowledge and what to look for when buying your next Porsche 911, from coveted classics right up to today's modern supercars. With expert analysis and stunning pictures, this is your bible of information when entering the Porsche 911 market at any price point. Featuring: Everything you need to know about: - Early, SWB 911s - 2.2S - 2.7RS - G-series cars - 3.2 Carrera - SC - 964 - 993 - 996 - 997 - 991 - 930 - Carrera RS - Turbo - GT3 - GT2 - GT3 RS - Carrera

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 130,13

in this issue

1 min
welcome to… porsche 911 buyer’s guide

For over 50 years, the Porsche 911 has been a motoring icon. Produced in many iterations including Carrera, Turbo, GT3 and Rennsport in Coupe, Cabriolet and Targa body styles, the 911 has captivated the heart and soul of many as the sports car par excellence. Since the 911’s 50th anniversary in 2013, values across the board have risen sharply. Rare and exotic models have attracted truly exotic prices, while models previously considered more ‘everyday’ in their nature have also become collectable. As values of these cars – as well as their overall desirability – continue to soar, it is more important than ever to be scrupulous in your endeavours to buying one. The Ultimate Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide Second Edition provides you with the means to buy the very best 911…

11 min
porsche 356

RISE OF THE SPEEDSTER Admired by film stars and fashionistas alike, the Speedster was the brainchild of the influential Max Hoffman, importer of Porsches for America. His idea was for a stylish and lightweight open top model that could be used on road and track, and after a difficult gestation it was launched in the US in 1954. With a 1.5litre engine and a body designed by Reutter, equipment levels were minimal in order to keep the price down, while a simple, removable windscreen and lightweight bucket seats with fixed backrests enhanced the sporting allure. More than 1,000 were sold in PreA form, with the 356A version arriving in 1955 with a larger, 1.6litre engine. It was revised again in September 1957, the biggest year for sales, but by 1958 those…

11 min
911 2.0-litre

THE 911L With US sales booming, the fact the more powerful ‘S’ couldn’t meet new, stricter emissions legislation was becoming a problem. In fact, it forced Porsche to introduce the 911 in ‘Luxury’ specification, a model that would only be on sale from 1967 to 1968. Still, with 130bhp and Weber carburettors, it was also fitted with a rudimentary system of air pumps to clean up the exhaust gases, and came with the dual-circuit braking system demanded by the US market. Brakes were the ventilated ‘S’ items and it also retained all of the kit fitted as standard to that model. The ‘L’ also benefitted from some exterior tweaks including polished aluminium window frames and push-button door handles, while inside the wood fascia trim had gone, and there were now black…

11 min
911 2.2s

STORY OF THE 911 S/T With motorsport always high on Porsche’s agenda, it’s perhaps no surprise that a suitable 911 of the period would arrive – that car being the S/T. As always in competition, lightness was key, so all extraneous weight was removed – the bodyshell shorn of its protective under-seal and soundproofing for starters. Contributing to the diet was the use of thinner steel in key areas including the floorpan and roof, while plastic replaced metal in other areas and the paint was thinner than usual. A two-inch wider track also featured. The S/T recorded a number of victories in top-line rallying and with just 33 produced, it’s one of the rarer 911s around. Think back to 2013 and all the talk amongst 911 enthusiasts was of the fiftieth anniversary…

11 min
2.7 rs

CARRERA RS 3.0 1974 would see a further development of the RS genre when Porsche introduced an even rarer model, so rare in fact that the right-hand-drive cars are identified by their colour alone. Just 109 3.0-litre RSs were made in total, and only six of those came with the steering wheel on the right – five came to the UK and one went to Australia. Externally, they were identified by their flared wheelarches, gaping air intake in the front air dam (with room for an oil cooler) and a Turbo-style rear spoiler. Lightweight construction featured once again, with thinner steel panels and a luggage cover, engine cover, and bumpers fashioned from fibreglass, the end result a 911 that weighed just 900kg. A bore increase to 95mm resulted in a 2,994cc…

11 min
2.7 carrera

2.7 CARRERA: MFIv RoW Although buyers in the US could get their hands on a 2.7 Carrera, it was a different beast to that offered in Europe. For one thing, they missed out on the delights of the 210bhp RS motor, as the mechanical injection system dispensed fuel far too casually to work with the forthcoming catalytic convertors. The only option was to fit American models with what was essentially the 911S engine – the 911/93 unit that was fuelled by the far more accurate K-Jetronic system and featured milder camshafts and cast rather than forged pistons. But while it ran efficiently, it lacked the whip-crack response of the MFIengine and rather more importantly lost 35bhp in the process. Torque was also down, all of which had a predictable effect on…