Wricha wrote:Buy a 993 air cooled real Porsche and the best looking 911 ever for about $35k
for an investment a 993 probably wins - from my buddy, a German accountant/porsche afficianado/collector when asked recs for reliable, possibly appreciating 911 ...
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I would only recommend the G-Model from 1980 to 1986 or the 993 Model from 1994 to 1997 (because these are the last air-cooled models = a collectors car in the future with reasonable prices in the present).
The G Model is a pure Porsche here you should look for a SC (not older than 1981, ideal is the version with 204 HP) or the Carrera (Not older than 1985 with 217 or 231 HP). These cars make a lot of fun, they have a simple electronic, no servo steering or clutch. This is a Porsche for real man. The disadvantage is, that the maintenance is very expensive.
The 993 is the optimum of the Air-Cooled Versions. It has servo steering, brakes and clutch the engine has up to 284 HP. You can get this version with 5 Gear Tiptronic (=Automatic). The Top Speed and acceleration is nearly the same like the manual Gear-Box types. The advantage is, that it is nearly not possible to destroy the engine with the Tiptronic. The maintenance is much cheaper than the G-Models but the prices here in Germany are nearly the same or cheaper.
You can buy a 993 Model in Germany built in 1994 with about 60.000 Miles and from first owner for about 42.000 USD, a 911 SC built in 1982 with the same mileage costs and also only on owner costs more than 50.000 USD.
I think for your aim the 993 is the best choice, because prices of this Type start to rise now. It is the last air-cooled 911, it looks very nice, it was not built so often and it has the best technical standard of all air-cooled versions. If you can spend about 75.000 USD or more you can think about the 993 Turbo with 408 HP or the 993 Turbo S with 450 HP, this is the optimum and will be the most expensive collector cars in the future.