Ferdinand Porsche's name adorns some of the
finest cars in automotive history, but his business was originally
a development and consultation company, responsible for the design
and development of the VW Beetle.
The first actual Porsche was the
Type 64. A grand total of three were built in 1939, using some
Beetle components. The real breakthrough for the Porsche name came
in the post war years when Ferdinand Porsche's son, Ferry, resolved
to make himself the sort of car that he was unable to buy.
It's safe to say that he succeeded,
as the result was the wonderful Porsche 356. Again, it initially
used many Beetle components, but these were gradually replaced with
Porsche designed parts.
In 1963, Porsche changed the
motoring world forever with the introduction of the 911. This
iconic vehicle continues in production to this day, albeit with
little in common with the first model, save for a generous nod to
the original styling.
Many models have come and gone
since, including the 912, 924, 928 and 944, but none has endured
like the 911.
Many enthusiasts hold up the 356 and 911
series as the pinnacle of the company's output, and these are
undeniably fabulous and well-constructed cars. However, your budget
could well rule out these models, and there are plenty of other
great Porsches available.
If appearance is more important than
performance, then the 912 looks very similar to an early 911.
However, it hides a 356-derived four-cylinder engine in its tail
and thus lacks the knockout punch of the six-cylinder car.
For a truly inexpensive route into ownership,
the 924 is hard to beat. It even uses a stock of VW parts, just
like its more exalted predecessors. The purists may have knocked
the water-cooled front engine design when the car came out, but it
outsold most other models by a huge margin and remains a
long-lasting and practical proposition. Alternatively, the 944 is
closely related to the 924 and provides yet more bargain
The 911's intended replacement was the 928,
but their most iconic model simply refused to die, so the 928
became something of a dead-end model. It does, however, sport a
fantastic V8 and makes for a great GT car.
Buying and Owning a Classic
If you're not an expert mechanic, but intend
to look after your own car, our advice has to be 'keep it simple'.
Thus the 356, 912 and 924 step from the shadows of their more
glamorous stable mates to fly the flag for the fix-it-yourself
Beyond these models, expect to need at least
some expert assistance with any car from the portfolio.
If you have your heart set on the 911, look
out for poorly repaired, crashed examples, of which there are many.
Again, taking the advice of an expert will be money well spent.
With so many variants to choose from and with
a production run spanning from 1963 to the present day, it is the
middle-aged 911 models that tend to be the least expensive. Those
designated internally as 993 and 996 by the company are popular
choices among enthusiasts but bear in mind that most of these cars
will have suffered some heavy-handed, and heavy-footed, treatment
at some point.
Due to the high performance nature of these
iconic cars, insurance companies do like to see that you have some
experience in handling these high powered, rear wheel drives. You
can obtain classic car insurance in the UK without experience but
to have access to the best insurance prices, experience is a must.
You could start out with a 2.5 litre 924 or a first generation
Boxster and build up to more powerful models.
Call us today for an insurance quote for your
Porsche on 0800 093 2950. Why not get us to call you?
to arrange a callback.