Philip Raby Porsche

Porsche Sales and Service

Keep your Porsche original if you want an investment

Keep your Porsche original if you want an investment

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! 🙂


  • Jody Rosner says:

    So, if you have a 70’s 911 with no rust, all original including Fuchs, but the floor mats are almost nonexistent and the front seat upholstery is in bad condition – how do you replace those to keep it original?

  • Phil says:

    Good question! Cars that have been restored are fine, so long as they’ve been done to the original specification. Of course, it’s not always possible to determine what a car’s original spec was, but that’s another story… 🙂

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