I had an email the other day from someone wanting advice on buying an early Porsche 911 as a potential investment. Great idea if you buy the right car. And by that I mean one that’s in superb condition (no rust, thank you) and is in original condition. The first criterium is self-explanatory but the second? Well, increasingly, buyers – or should that be ‘investors’ – want original-specification Porsches that look exactly how they did when they left the factory.
My enquiry included a couple of links to Porsche that are for sale – both 1970s 911s which, at first glance, looked good. Then I spotted that one had had the dashboard retrimmed in leather with 997-style stitching, while the other had been fitted with later-type ‘tombstone’ seats. Both nice enough modifications that you could argue improve the cars, in terms of everyday enjoyments but are complete no-nos when it comes to investment potential.
Now, I’ve nothing against modifying Porsches – I’ve done it myself many a time – and always enjoy seeing cars that the owners have personalized to suit their requirements and tastes. However, you need to decide what you want the Porsche for – to drive and to enjoy, or or keep as an investment (and perhaps drive and enjoy too). The choice is yours – there’s no right or wrong way.
However, if you are buying a classic Porsche as an investment, it has to be original. If it’s still got 70s Stuttgart air in the tyres then so much the better! 🙂