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Best used Porsches

A Porsche is a dream car for many – but some used examples are surprisingly affordable. To prove it, here are the best used Porsches for every budget...

11 Jun 2018 05:00

Best used Porsches

Best used Porsches

It’s no secret that some Porsches are among the most valuable and sought-after cars on the second-hand market. But while we’d be lying if we said a used Porsche is within reach when you’re buying on a shoe-string, you might be surprised by how accessible a very nice example can be.

Buy the right model, for example, and less than £10,000 puts you in a well-looked-after car in good condition – and with all the dynamism and performance for which the brand is famous.

So, to find out what sort of used Porsche you might be able to afford, browse through our guide. We've got the best used models for £10,000, £20,000, £30,000 and £50,000.

Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche Cayenne front

3. Porsche Cayenne (02-10)

The Cayenne isn't as spacious as some rivals, but no other SUV available for this sort of money drives with quite the same verve. It can hack it in the rough stuff too – and, with its 911-esque styling and interior, the Cayenne feels every bit the Porsche.

Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche Cayenne interior

3. Porsche Cayenne (02-10)

We found: 2004 S, 81,000 miles, £5500

Read our used Porsche Cayenne review >

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Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche 944 front

2. Porsche 944

The Porsche 944 is one of the best bargain classic Porsches out there. Clever weight distribution gives it sublime handling balance and makes it a deft companion on a back road. What’s more, prices are picking up at the moment, so buying one now before they climb through the roof is a savvy move.

Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche 944 dashboard

2. Porsche 944

We found: 1983 2.5, 47,000 miles, £6945

Find a used Porsche 944 in the classifieds >

Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche Boxster front

1. Porsche Boxster (96-04)

The original Porsche Boxster was one of its maker’s great success stories – some might even go so far as to say that it saved the company. It was immense fun to drive and, to an extent, brought Porsche motoring to the masses. Today, it’s one of the best performance car bargains around, and well worth snapping up before values shoots up.

Best used Porsches for £10,000

Porsche Boxster dashboard

1. Porsche Boxster (96-04)

We found: 2002 S, 34,000 miles, £8700

Read our used Porsche Boxster review >

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Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche 968 front

3. Porsche 968

As the final evolution of a line-up of cars that had started with the front-engined 924 back in 1976, the 968 took the poise they were famous for and married it to a freshly updated 3.0-litre engine that developed an impressive 237bhp. Throw beefed-up suspension and brakes into the mix and it isn’t hard to see the appeal.

Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche 968 dashboard

3. Porsche 968

We found:1994 Sport, 103,000 miles, £17,995

Find a used Porsche 968 in the classifieds >

Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche 996 front

2. Porsche 911 (97-04)

The cheapest way to get into a Porsche 911 is this, the 1997-2004 generation, or 996. And while its controversial looks and iffy reputation will put some buyers off, these prices are not to be sniffed at, because they mean it delivers a driving experience almost unparalleled for the cash. Reliability issues with earlier cars mean it's best to buy a later example, and make sure there's a full service history.

Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche 996 dashboard

2. Porsche 911 (97-04)

We found: 2001 Carrera 4, 91,000 miles, £16,995

Read our used Porsche 911 review >

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Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche Cayman front

1. Porsche Cayman (04-12)

While the looks of the first-generation Cayman divided opinion, what can’t be denied is the fabulous driving experience its mid-engined layout offers. Early cars suffered with engine problems, but for this budget you can afford one of the later examples.

Best used Porsches for £20,000

Porsche Cayman dashboard

1. Porsche Cayman (04-12)

We found: 2007 3.4 S, 56,000 miles, £17,995

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Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche 928 front

3. Porsche 928

Porsche’s big, brawny V8-powered grand tourer was arguably the most un-Porsche-like car the company had ever made when it first arrived on the scene but, crikey, it didn’t half turn heads. And it offered excellent handling for its size, while also fulfilling its brief as a muscular coupé that would cross great distances with ease. Nowadays, a 928 is a great investment, because they're going up in value.

Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche 928 dashboard

3. Porsche 928

We found: 1992 S, 97,500 miles, £21,000

Find a used Porsche 928 in the classifieds >

Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche Boxster side

2. Porsche Boxster (12-16)

For £30,000, you can only get the lowlier 2.7-litre version of the second-generation Boxster. But that doesn’t matter because, even in this form, it was a cut above its predecessors, offering a much classier interior to go with the scintillating driving experience you’d expect.

Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche Boxster interior

2. Porsche Boxster (12-16)

We found: 2012 2.7 PDK, 32,000 miles, £28,995

Read our used Porsche Boxster review >

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Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche 911 front

1. Porsche 911 (04-12)

While every Porsche 911 is an object of desire, at the moment it’s the 2004-2012 version that looks like the best value. Prices aren’t exorbitant, and it’s every bit as fun to drive as its successor – indeed, some would argue more so. Early cars can suffer from engine maladies, though, so make sure you buy the best maintained example you can find.

Best used Porsches for £30,000

Porsche 911 interior

1. Porsche 911 (04-12)

We found: 2007 Carrera 2, 67,000 miles, £25,995

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Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche 993 rear

3. Porsche 911 (1993-1998)

The last air-cooled 911, known as the 993, is considered by many to be the most desirable of all, and has shot up in value recently. All the more reason to buy while you still can; you'll be getting a car that's fabulously involving drive and unfettered by modern electronics.

Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche 993 interior

3. Porsche 911 (1993-1998)

We found: 1996 Carrera 4, 83,000 miles, £47,000

Find a used Porsche 911 in the classifieds >

Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche Macan front

2. Porsche Macan

While it isn’t the roomiest SUV around, few can touch the Macan for the driving experience it offers. It’s even sharper than the bigger Cayenne, plus the Macan offers a more manageable size, not to mention price and running costs. It is, in short, a great used buy if you want a Porsche but need the practicality of an SUV.

Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche Macan dashboard

2. Porsche Macan

We found: 2015 S Diesel PDK, 13,100 miles, £41,850

Read our full Porsche Macan review >

Find a used Porsche Macan in the classifieds >

Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche Cayman rear

1. Porsche Cayman (12-16)

Porsche made this generation of Cayman for just four years before it replaced it with today's more efficient – but less soulful – four-cylinder turbo version. That makes it worth buying, simply to experience the glorious yowl of one of Porsche’s last natually aspirated flat-six powerplants. The rest of the driving experience is equally sublime, although we would try to find one with the optional adaptive suspension – without it, the ride is firm.

Best used Porsches for £50,000

Porsche Cayman interior

1. Porsche Cayman (12-16)

We found: 2014 S PDK, 22,000 miles, £43,900

Read our used Porsche Cayman review >

Find a used Porsche Cayman in the classifieds >


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