7 Porsches you can afford before you're 30
Owning a Porsche is probably something that hasn't crossed your radar if you're under 30, unless you're in the elite earners or from a wealthy background. The Porsche brand is one of the most prestigious in the world and one that might seem out of reach to the average Joe. However, if you steer clear of the GT2s, GT3s and their portfolio topping cars, owning a Porsche might not be such an unfathomable concept.
The range topping cars, such as the 911 GT2 RS, have prices starting from £207,506. That is before you start adding options on top. This will be out of range for the majority of us, so I've set my budgets considerably lower. I wanted to find out what Porsche you can actually get on a real world budget.
Now, the definition of real world budget may differ for us all, so I've tried to cover all the bases.
So, here are 7 Porsches that you can actually afford:
7) Porsche 944
Let’s kick off with what I personally consider to be one of the best looking Porsches ever made. I am aware this isn’t the most popular opinion, but the shape just resonates with me. Prices have been creeping up for the 944 in recent times, but you can still find good examples for less than £8,000.
6) Porsche 914
The 914 is the most unique looking Porsche, having more in common with an MX-5 than the rest of the Porsche range. However, they are still great fun to drive and can be picked up for around £10,000, but some examples have been known to go for a lot more.
5) 2003 Porsche Cayenne S
A car that, it's fair to say, divided opinions upon release. The Cayenne was Porsche's first foray into a proper 4x4 for the mass market and the designs were not universally loved. The newest Cayenne is a superb car and they've started to nail the styling, but the first, slightly ugly version is now going from absolute peanuts. They can be picked up for less than £5,000. It is a hell of a lot of car for that price.
4) 1999 Porsche Boxster
This might be the bargain of the bunch. With a choice of three engines, the 2.5-litre, 2.7-litre and range topping 3.2-litre the prices vary. However, you can pick up a good condition 3.2-litre for less than £5,000. This has to be close to the most car you can own for that price.
If you really want to go as cheap as possible, 2.5-litre examples can be picked up for less than £2,000, which is mind boggling. Admittedly, you may need to do some maintenance, but we are talking about a Porsche for the price of my Fiat Panda 100HP.
3) Porsche 928
Need to be crossing continents in a Porsche on a budget? Look no further than the powerhouse 928. The 928 first grabbed my attention when I stumbled across an '80s film called 'Risky Business.' I was only 11 years old when I saw this film, featuring Tom Cruise, and despite the gratuitous nudity throughout the film, the part I remember was Mr Cruise driving his dad's 928. He couldn't have looked cooler if he tried.
These days they can be picked up for less than £10,000.
2) Porsche 911 996
I can feel that you've been waiting for a 911 to enter the list. Well, the wait is over. The 911 that is potentially within your grasp is the 996. The most unloved of all the 911s, the 996 or the 'fried egg 911.' I am a massive fan of the 996 design, so once again, I feel like I'm in the minority.
However, if I was to tell you, you could have a Porsche 911 for less than £15,000, would that change your mind on the 996?
1) Porsche 718 Cayman
*gasps around the room*
'Is that a new 718 Cayman?' I hear you ask. Yes, yes it is.
So, the rest of this list has been compiled with classic Porsches that are a little unloved, leaving them attainable to the average Joe. I did some research into a brand new 718 Cayman on a finance package and the results surprised me.
When you get a car on finance, the payments are going to hurt a lot less. Like my unused gym membership, I just get used to paying it and it becomes part of life. If you put a £10,000 deposit down, you can get a brand new 718 Cayman for around £375 p/m. If I didn't live in London, that is pretty much the difference in my rent compared to Manchester.
Now… how do I get my hands on that deposit…?