One of the fun features of the official Porsche site is the ‘Build your own Porsche’ section. Here, you choose the colour and specification of your perfect Porsche – and there are a huge amount of options available. I mean, how could you manage without a leather-covered rear-view mirror?
People talk about cars needing the ‘right’ options so that will sell on the second-hand market and they have a point – a well specced car will shift quicker than a more basic one. There are some options which are regarded as essential – 18-inch wheels on a 996 in favour of the weedy-looking 17s, for instance – but most you should take on face-value.
If you do buy a used Porsche with a basic spec you will not only grab yourself a bargain, you may also end up with a car that’s more fun to drive.
Some years ago, I had a lovely 997 Carrera on loan from Porsche (that’s it below). It had the smaller 3.6-litre engine (in itself more willing than the 3.8 but that’s another story), no sunroof, no electric seats, no PASM, no trick interior trim, just Sport suspension. And it remains to this day one of my favourite 997s. It felt so pure and so, well, 911-like. A real back-to-basics car that reminded me of what 911s are all about.
And today, on my drive, I have another similar car. I’ve not had the chance to drive it much yet, but first impressions are good. I’ll report back soon.
In the meantime, don’t get hung up on those options – except, of course, a heated steering wheel and Porsche logos embossed in the headrests…