It’s taken a long time for Porsche 997 prices to drop below £30,000 in the UK. This is partly because they’re great cars and partly because the recent drop in new car sales has led to a shortage of used stock.
Now, though, as these great Porsches get older – the 997 has been with us since 2004 remember – prices are inevitably dropping, but rarely much below that magic thirty grand mark.
I was surprised, then, to see this advert for a Porsche 997 Carrera on sale for just £21,995 – you can pay more than that for an older 996!
So, what’s the story? I’ve emailed the seller for more information but, as yet, haven’t had a reply. It’s a strange advert, though. The 3.6-litre car is described as an ‘S lookalike’ – I assume on account of the wheels, tailpipes and – this is inexcusable – a ‘Carrera S’ badge on the rump.
The advert goes on to say that the Porsche was registered as Cat D two years ago; which means an insurance company deemed it uneconomical to repair but someone went on to repair it anyway. This need not be a problem, as I recently discussed in Total 911 magazine, so long as the car is well priced – typically 20 percent down. However, the seller says that the car passed an HPI inspection and now is no longer Cat D. Now, as far as I know, once a car is Cat D, it remains so for life, there’s no way of unrecording it, so that’s odd. And if that was the case, why sell the Porsche for such a low figure? Especially as it’s only covered 53,000 miles.
One to tread carefully with. It could be a very cheap way into Porsche 997 ownership if it checks out well. I just hope that whoever buys it removes the erroneous ‘S’ badge!
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