Best Used Sports Cars For £50k

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Investors are increasingly on the look out for appreciating used Porsches today

  • We've identified three great choices in four different price ranges

  • By Tony Middlehurst For Thisismoney.co.uk

    Published: 07:50 GMT, 17 October 2017 | Updated: 07:50 GMT, 17 October 2017

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    Second-hand Porsches have shot up in value over the past couple of years. That’s made them even more desirable for investors, and put them increasingly out of reach for less well-off enthusiasts.

    Don’t despair, though: you can still pick up a Porsche for under £10,000. Choose the right one and look after it and you might find yourself on the winning end of that appreciation curve when you come to selling it.

    Remember to drive it, though. It's great looking at a spotless Porsche in a temperature controlled garage, but not as great as giving it a chance to show – on the road – why these are among the most aspirational cars on the used market.

    We’ve put together a list of the best used Porsche models to look for, in four price categories: £10,000, £20,000, £30,000 and £50,000.

    Porsches on a £10,000 budget

    The original Cayenne looked like a 911 on stilts. The looks weren't appreciated so much when it was new, but it is a car that is dating well

    The original Cayenne looked like a 911 on stilts. The looks weren't appreciated so much when it was new, but it is a car that is dating well

    3. Porsche Cayenne (2002-2010)

    You’ll get more space in rival premium SUVs, but you won’t find one that drives much better than a Cayenne, and it will earn its keep either on or off the road. Just be aware of the high running costs.

    We found a 2004 Cayenne S with 75,000 miles on the clock for £8,000. You can find similar models here.  

    For less than £10,000 you can get your hands on a relatively good example of the 944. Be quick, though - it is one model that has recently started to go up in value

    For less than £10,000 you can get your hands on a relatively good example of the 944. Be quick, though - it is one model that has recently started to go up in value

    2. Porsche 944 (1982-1991) 

    A real bargain classic Porsche, the 944 may not have the iconic flat-six engine but it has superb handling balance, very useable real-world performance, and prices that are showing early signs of going up.

    We found a 1988 2.5 Lux spec with 61k on the clock for £1 under budget. You can find similar models here

    The first Boxster was a revelation - the first 'affordable' Porsche became a raving hit, and still is today

    The first Boxster was a revelation - the first 'affordable' Porsche became a raving hit, and still is today

    1. Porsche Boxster (1996-2004)

    Many reckon that the first Boxster saved Porsche. It certainly brought Porsche ownership to a much wider market. Great fun to drive, and something of a performance bargain, so get in quick.

    We found a 2002 Boxster S that had covered 68,000 miles - way under average mileage - for £8,775. Here are similar models currently for sale

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    Porsches on a £20,000 budget

    Even front-engined Porsches, like the 968, are proving collectible these days

    Even front-engined Porsches, like the 968, are proving collectible these days

    3. Porsche 968 (1992-1994) 

    The last iteration of the front-engined 924 genre that started in 1976, the 968 put a 273bhp 3.0-litre four-cylinder engine into a beefed-up chassis and added enhanced suspension. Another fine-handling Porsche.

    If you want one for sub-£20,000 you may have to go for something with high mileage - like the 1993 example we found that had racked-up 124,000 miles. It was advertised for £19,995 - find similar models currently on sale

    The 996 911 hasn't got the best track record for reliability. The Turbo versions - which are out of this price range - were the most reliable

    The 996 911 hasn't got the best track record for reliability. The Turbo versions - which are out of this price range - were the most reliable

    2. Porsche (996) 911 (1997-2004)

    Entry-price 911 seekers, step this way. The looks and reliability reputation might put you off, so always buy a later car if you can stretch to it and ensure there's a full service history.

    We found a relatively late-run 2002 Carrera in top condition for £17,995, and it had just 79,000 miles on the clock. Here are similar models currently for sale.  

    The first Cayman might not have been much of a looker but it was - and still is - one the most finely balanced cars on sale

    The first Cayman might not have been much of a looker but it was - and still is - one the most finely balanced cars on sale

    1. Porsche Cayman (2004-2012)

    Visually, the first-generation Cayman wasn’t to everyone’s taste, but there was no disagreement on the superb handling of this mid-engined sports machine. Luckily for those on a strict budget, the 2.9-litre model is just as enjoyable as the more powerful S version.

    We found a cracking 2010 example of the standard model with 67,000 miles to its name for £19,995 - that's £5 to spend on fuel. Here are similar models currently for sale.  

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    Porsches on a £30,000 budget 

    Of all the Porsches tipped to go up in value, the 928 is probably the most unlikely of the lot. The V8 engine and unique styling have come into fashion

    Of all the Porsches tipped to go up in value, the 928 is probably the most unlikely of the lot. The V8 engine and unique styling have come into fashion

    3. Porsche 928 (1977-1995) 

    A fantastic European GT car, the V8-powered 928 was a big departure for Porsche and its design still turns heads forty years later. It's now look upon as one of the models most likely to go up in value, if you can find a relatively affordable one today.

    Take the example we found - a 1990 GT with less than 70,000 miles for £29,000. Here are similar models currently for sale.  

    The last of the six-cylinder Boxsters is worth keeping hold of

    The last of the six-cylinder Boxsters is worth keeping hold of

    2. Porsche Boxster (2012-2016)  

    Back when the Boxster had six cylinder instead of four (like today's 718 Boxster), the entry 2.7-litre version was a peach. It delivered much-improved all-round ability than its predecessor combined with a scintillating driving experience you’d expect from the Stuttgart marque.

    Here's one we found earlier: a 2012 2.7-litre model with 15,000 miles for £26,995. You can find similar models currently for sale here

    The 997 Porsche 911 was a marked improvement on the one it replaced, and right now it represents good value

    The 997 Porsche 911 was a marked improvement on the one it replaced, and right now it represents good value

    1. Porsche (997) 911 (2004-2012)

    The 2004-2012 series could be the best value 911 right now. Some say it’s at least as good to drive as its successor. Watch out for engine glitches on early cars, as fixing these maladies will sting you.

    A quick search turned up a 2007 911 S with 63,000 miles on the clock that was £250 under budget. Find similar examples currently for sale.  

    Porsches on a £50,000 budget 

    The 993 911 is widely thought of as the last 'proper' Porsche, due to the air-cooled engine

    The 993 911 is widely thought of as the last 'proper' Porsche, due to the air-cooled engine

    3. Porsche (993) 911 (1993-1998)

    Many believe the last air-cooled 911 to be the last ‘proper’ Porsche. As long as that holds good, this model of 911 will be a gilt-edged investment. With a £50k cap you might have to accept one of the less desirable Tiptronic automatic models (we found a 1994 Carrera with 76k on the clock for £49,995) but the drive will still be highly engaging. 

    Here are similar models currently for sale.  

    The Macan is proof that an SUV can be sporty. In fact, Porsche's baby 4X4 could drive rings around most coupes and convertibles 

    The Macan is proof that an SUV can be sporty. In fact, Porsche's baby 4X4 could drive rings around most coupes and convertibles 

    2. Porsche Macan (2014-present)

    There are more practical SUVs, but the Macan driving experience is peerless in this class. More wieldy than the Cayenne, and cheaper to run, it’s a fine mix of useability and Porsche classiness. Don't expect it to go up in value much right now, but it is one of the slowest depreciating cars you can buy.

    We found a year-old 'S' diesel version that had covered just 20,000 miles for £50,000. Here are similar models currently for sale

    To many, the new four-cylinder 718 Cayman is blasphemy. That's why the last-generation six-pot is the one we think is worth buying now as it will almost certainly appreciate in value

    To many, the new four-cylinder 718 Cayman is blasphemy. That's why the last-generation six-pot is the one we think is worth buying now as it will almost certainly appreciate in value

    1. Porsche Cayman (2012-2016)

    This generation of Cayman has the classic six-cylinder engine and is worth buying just for that. The fact that it handles like a chariot of the gods is a handy bonus. Don’t go for a car unless it has the optional adaptive suspension, unless you enjoy an extremely harsh ride.

    We found an example that ticked all the right boxes - a 2016 Cayman S with 11k on the clock for £48,000. Here are similar models currently for sale

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