How to Put That Dream Porsche in Your Garage | Coming Soon to an Issue Near You

Colin
By Colin Wood
Feb 26, 2021 | Porsche, Buyer's Guide, Coming Soon

Envious because you think that dream Porsche is unobtainable? Don’t be.

In the upcoming May issue of Grassroots Motorsports, we detail Porsches for all budgets and all tastes, including air-cooled 911s and 996 Boxsters.

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preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/25/21 3:50 p.m.

In 2016 I bought my (realistic) dream Porsche. 50k miles of smiles since.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/25/21 4:08 p.m.

In reply to preach (fs) :

So, what'd you get? 

Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter)
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
2/25/21 4:19 p.m.

Waiting to see 'buckets of money' as the main ingredient laugh but I like 930s

Driven5
Driven5 UltraDork
2/25/21 4:21 p.m.

996 Boxsters? wink

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/25/21 4:24 p.m.

Yes, buy a Porsche. 

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/25/21 5:26 p.m.

I have wanted a 944 and maybe a 928 for years.  But I am not the best on upkeep and the Porsche tax...

Scott

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 HalfDork
2/25/21 7:16 p.m.

Buy GME, diamond hands, then 918 spyder.

Didnt even have to read the article believe it or not.

Edit: Holy E36 M3 I am a half dork now. My momma would be proud I have settled in so nicely with my new school friends.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/26/21 11:05 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I bought a 2007 Cayman S. I had to wait until the S came into my price range as I knew that I would not be satisfied with the 245hp base knowing that the S was out there.

The reason I qualified my response with (realistic) is because I may dream of a GT-4 there is no way I can justify spending $90k+ for one. There are 2 cars I would get rid of my Cayman for...GT-4 or an R8. 

@noddaz the porsche tax is real. I am always complaining about "having to pay for the badge" when I buy stuff for the car or it needs to be serviced.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
2/26/21 1:43 p.m.

After working on an upcoming article for Classic Motorsports, I soon found myself dream shopping for a Targa 911. Maybe there is a version out there that is at least somewhat close to my price range.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/26/21 3:04 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

I am hoping to stumble into a cheap aircooled 3.2 for my 914. Then I'd have 2 dream porsches.

I am such a mid-engined guy...haha.

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
2/26/21 4:44 p.m.

Mmmmm "996 Boxster"

RX Reven'
RX Reven' SuperDork
2/26/21 5:13 p.m.

I'm looking at getting a 718 but I'm not planning on being Grass Rooty with the acquisition, just cut a check for a new one (base model with only a 19" rim and metallic paint upgrade = in the garage "i.e. including TLR & destination" for 65K or less).  I'm 56 so this will be my "drive off into the sunset car" so get it new and pamper it until I'm too old to care.

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
2/26/21 5:15 p.m.

I'm looking forward to the article because at this point I've convinced myself my 911 ship has sailed.

JimS
JimS Reader
2/27/21 12:21 a.m.

Never too late. I was 71 when I bought my first Porsche. Base 2013 911 CPO with 24000 miles. 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
2/27/21 10:31 a.m.

Clicked assuming this thread would involve posters, models and memorabilia wink

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
2/27/21 10:58 a.m.
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) said:

Waiting to see 'buckets of money' as the main ingredient laugh but I like 930s

I'd be most pleased with a 911SC. They drive exactly how what pleases me, and they are old enough to be entertaining without being new enough to be boring.

 

Unfortunately, while I have achieved much better income lately, the value of 911SCs has gone from "just out of reach" to "LOLno, buy a house instead".  And that was BEFORE the Covid markup.

dps214
dps214 HalfDork
2/27/21 1:12 p.m.
Pete. (l33t FS) said:
Paul_VR6 (Forum Supporter) said:

Waiting to see 'buckets of money' as the main ingredient laugh but I like 930s

I'd be most pleased with a 911SC. They drive exactly how what pleases me, and they are old enough to be entertaining without being new enough to be boring.

 

Unfortunately, while I have achieved much better income lately, the value of 911SCs has gone from "just out of reach" to "LOLno, buy a house instead".  And that was BEFORE the Covid markup.

Yes, the biggest lesson to learn is that if you can't afford it now you'll never be able to in the future because prices are going to track up at least as fast as your disposable income will. So might as well make that terrible financial decision now, while you still have time to recover from it!

IMO 930s are like slightly cooler E30M3s, in that their value is entirely derived from the cool and nostalgia factors, not anything about the driving experience. They're just normal 911s that are underpowered off boost, and then kill you instantly when they (eventually) come on boost. If you want one as a collector investment, go for it. But if you want one to actually drive, you want a non-turbo. A friend has a carrera 3.2 (the one right after the SC that's essentially the same car) with a 3.6 swap and as far as I'm concerned it's perfect other than clearly not having been designed to fit someone of my body proportions.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
2/27/21 1:21 p.m.

In reply to dps214 :

It hurts to know that if I had bought a FoRS in January 2020 like I'd been planning, I could have sold it in July and used the profit to buy a 911SC essentially for free.  Or only $10kish, which is as close to free as you are going to get in the aircooled Porsche world.

 

A FOAF on the old Trackaddicts forum had a 930 for a while.  (He dabbled in esoteric exotics and daily drove an old Bentley and a 308)  His main takeway about his car, a '78 by recollection, was that it felt WAAAAY faster than the numbers would have you believe.  Sure it was only 230hp or whatever but it hit all at once, like a sledgehammer, if you really wanted it.

preach (fs)
preach (fs) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/28/21 7:44 a.m.

A few years ago my friend bought a grey market '86 930 sight unseen from CA. $35k, but by the time it was delivered to NH it was worth $85k. berkeleying crazy.

MrChaos
MrChaos GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
2/28/21 7:48 a.m.

im looking into a 718 cayman atm so this is right on time.

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