Why choose an early Porsche 911 over a new one?

Ever wondered why an early Porsche 911 is more desirable than a new one?

Classic desirable Porsche 911s have skyrocketed in value the last 5 years or so. Why is that? How come that you can pick up a 12 year old model for substantially less than a 45 year old one? Here’s a short video to tell you why.

A classic Porsche 911 has none of the frills of modern cars. Heck, even the heater system is rudimentary and requires a degree in mysticism to operate. But as Andreas Trauttmansdorff demonstrates in a recently released video, a classic Porsche 911 has something that most modern cars sorely lack: RVDP – Real Visceral Driving Pleasure. See for yourself:

Modern 911s are the size of a small moon compared to the teeny-weeny original. They resemble grand tourers designed for the Autobahn and not the nimble sports car they used to be. So I’d rather keep my 41 year old 911. And if I should pick up a new Porsche sometime in the future, it will not be a 911. It will be the Porsche Cayman. It may be the entry level of the Porsche sports range, but in spirit it seems much closer to what a Porsche 911 used to be.


  • Phil
    Posted at 18:31h, 11 February Reply

    Holger – I completely agree with your analysis of what’s special about an early 911. Driving my ’71 2.2 is a delightfully mad adventure in comparison to driving more modern cars. It’s narrow body can squeeze through seemingly impossible gaps and the feeling of being tightly cocooned inside is infinitely preferable to rattling around inside some vast bland expanse of metal and leather. Popping and banging from the engine on overrun make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and it scares the living daylights out of anyone else within earshot. The direct steering transmits every imperfection in the road demanding constant adjustment and if I happen to drive over a coin and I can tell whether it’s heads or tails. I get out of the car after a long journey – exhausted but with a big grin on my face! Driving as it should be in a device built for driving!

  • Holger
    Posted at 23:45h, 11 February Reply

    Great thoughts, Phil, I couldn’t agree more. After a long drive I’m rattled, exhausted and half deaf. But most of all: I’m happy!

  • Kory Molchan
    Posted at 05:55h, 12 March Reply

    As the first 911 Turbo , the 930 earned the nickname Widowmaker . It had tons of power, rear-engine handling, and enough turbo lag to catch even experienced drivers off guard. This wasn’t a car you drove casually.

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