There’s an interesting silver Porsche 964 Cabriolet being sold in the Midlands at the moment. It sounds all very good but I’ve just been told that it is, in fact, a car that originated in mainland Europe. Not a problem in itself, but it also transpires that the Porsche has been converted from left-hand drive to right-hand drive.
Now, this is something that happened when these cars were newer and had a high value. It didn’t happen often, though, as it was an expensive conversion – I remember seeing a near-new 993 Turbo being converted by a UK specialist and the final bill was £15,000. He did the job properly but admitted himself that the car would always be worth less than a genuine right hooker and wondered if it was worth doing.
It’s complex job because a new wiring loom is needed, along with a new dash, steering rack and all sorts. Even the doors need changing as the mirrors are in different positions, left and right. Because of this, some conversions weren’t done properly – I once saw a 968 that had been done appallingly and the car was not safe to drive.
So, any such conversion will be worth less than a ‘proper’ right-hand drive car, and if it’s not been done well it could be dangerous. Now I don’t know the condition of this particular Porsche but I suggest that potential buyers proceed with caution, get the car inspected and ensure that it’s priced accordingly.
Personally, I rather like driving left-hand drive cars in the UK – there’s something special about it.