Niall Posted January 11, 2022 Share Posted January 11, 2022 Hi all, I’ve been pointed in this direction by a very friendly 987 R owner on Pistonheads so just wanted to introduce myself and hopefully benefit from some of the amazing Cayman knowledge that seems to be knocking around here! I’ve wanted a Porsche ever since I was a kid and (fingers crossed) this is the year I’ll be making it happen, hopefully to coincide nicely with my 30th birthday AND a trip to Le Mans... I have a few ‘logistical’ hurdles to jump in between now and getting the keys - such as selling an aged Z4 that’s currently on the drive - but the goal is to purchase around May, just in time for my maiden trip across on the euro tunnel to watch lots of fast cars and drink lots of cheap beer! I’m looking for a 987 and am focussed on either a really good 2.7 Gen 1 or - if I can find a good one within my £20k budget - a Gen 2 2.9. Trying to keep my desired spec list relatively flexible and unfussy as the market looks very small for these cars as it is, however the basics are: manual (a must), 17” wheels, I like the half leather/half alcantara seats, a subdued colour would be nice. As mentioned, I’ve found the market of good looking 2.7 and 2.9 cars in the UK to be very small and prices to vary quite heavily. I’ve done my homework (quite comprehensively), but would really welcome any feedback from the people who’ve got a tonne of real-world experience with these. A few questions then: 1. aside from here, pistonheads, autotrader and eBay(?)… where should I be keeping an eye out for cars? 2. What is the best place to purchase from in your opinion? I’ll be a cash buyer and am relatively clued up on common watch-outs but would still love the idea of purchasing from a specialist who’ve prepped the car. Is their surcharge worth it or would you suggest a good prodding and proper inspection with a private seller enough to reduce any risks with the benefit of a better price? 3. How do you *actually* go about taking test drives? I know people will say “try lots of cars… get a feel for what’s good and what’s not…” but in reality, am I going to come across as a time waster if I start doing that now whilst not being in a position to buy for another few months? I’m keen to get underway with what I see as phase 2 of my research - going and seeing cars in the flesh - but don’t want to be considered a timewaster… am I overthinking this? thanks for reading - I’m beyond excited to get my first Porsche and hugely appreciate any words of advice and experience of this forum. PS: I was told to look out for Windy Millar’s gen 2 that will be going up for sale in May. Absolutely lovely car but I fear a bit out of my price range frustratingly! 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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