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! 🙂

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Jody Rosner

    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?

    1. Phil

      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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