Features

Porsche 911 (993) – Classic and Performance Car, our picks of the week

Five cars that represent the Thrill of Driving from Silverstone Auctions' upcoming event

As the fuel prices rise, tax increases and the concept of the ‘open road’ becomes more difficult to believe, many drivers are turning to older performance cars to get their thrills.

The Restoration Show at the NEC in Birmingham on March 28 will celebrate older vehicles in various states of repair. It will also host the next Silverstone Auctions sale – we’ve picked a mixture of classics and modern classics from the sale that should make any journey a pleasure.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Ferrari 308 GT4

The Bertone-penned 308 GT4 ‘Dino’ is finally becoming accepted as a desirable classic Ferrari – and at the same time, quickly rising in value. Once one of the cheapest ways to put a Prancing Horse on the drive, this example is expected to make £30,000-£35,000 in the Restoration Show sale.

It’s got 65,000 miles on the clock, with bodywork still gleaming from a restoration in 1997. The 3.0-litre transversely-mounted V8 is believed to have been rebuilt in 1992. And those wedgy 1970s lines are looking better than ever, too.

Ferrari 308 GT4 for sale on Classic and Performance Car

1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa

As an alternative to the Ferrari’s 70s and 80s excess, how about this 911 Targa? SCs were another car unfairly maligned until fairly recently – terms like ‘yuppie’ and allegations of red braces mercilessly accompanied any mention of a 1980s 911.

Yet now, they represent the archetypal 911 shape and 996 aside, still represent one of the more affordable avenues to 911 ownership. The Targa is increasingly cool too, partly thanks to the latest 991 Targa.

This SC is an American import but still features a 204bhp flat-six and has recently enjoyed a major refresh – respray, refurbished wheels and suspension, and more. It’s expected to reach £20,000-£25,000, though will need registering with the DLVA.

Porsche 911 SC Targa for sale on Classic and Performance Car

1995 Porsche 993

Another sign that old 911s are sound investments is this 1995 Porsche 993 also crossing the block. 993s have already passed their lowest mark and started to rise up the other side, and as the last aircooled 911s are a nice bridge between modern and classic Porsches.

This particular example features a Tiptronic gearbox – not the most desirable transmission, but one with its own fans – and wears midnight blue paint over grey leather.

There’s plenty of history, but the listing does state there’s ‘some scope for aesthetic improvements’, so read into that what you will…

Porsche 993 for sale on Classic and Performance Car

1998 Rover Mini Cooper

For a completely different kind of driving experience, how about one of the world’s most iconic cars? Mini might claim its cars share the go-kart responses of original Minis, but one drive in a classic example and you’ll realise there’s more than a hint of marketing speak to that. Old Minis dive into corners like little else.

This particular car features a 1275cc engine and started life as a display car in a German dealer. It has had three owners from new and features a twin tank conversion – perfect for boosting range for road trips.

It’s expected to fetch £8000-£10,000, which is significant wedge but not out of the ordinary for late Coopers and not bad considering the car’s relatively low mileage – just 17,300.

Rover Mini Cooper for sale on Classic and Performance Car

1965 Ford Mustang fastback

At the opposite end of the scale, here’s one of America’s most iconic vehicles. The Ford Mustang was launched in 1964 and became one of the world’s fastest-selling cars of all time.

This particular example has recently enjoyed an £8500 restoration. Under the hood there’s a Ford Motorsports 289 cubic inch engine with 10:1 compression and a host of other tweaks. A dyno sheet puts the car at 279bhp and 308lb ft of torque.

It has a manual transmission too, and a set of Flowmaster mufflers for that all-American V8 rumble. Fastbacks are another car going up in value – this one could reach £30,000-£35,000.

Ford Mustang for sale on Classic and Performance Car

Recommended

£6million Lancia Champion Collection includes World Rally-winning Group A Delta Integrale
Auctions

£6million Lancia Champion Collection includes World Rally-winning Group A Delta Integrale

24 Jan 2020
Top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction
Ferrari

Top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction

21 Jan 2020
RM Sotheby’s Paris auction highlights
Auctions

RM Sotheby’s Paris auction highlights

14 Jan 2020
RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction highlights
Auctions

RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction highlights

29 Nov 2019

Most Popular

Aston Martin DB4: review, history and specs
Aston Martin

Aston Martin DB4: review, history and specs

1959 was a watershed year for Aston Martin. As the DBR1 swept all before it on the track, the first customers were taking deliveries of the all-new DB…
11 Oct 2020
SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car
News

SSC Tuatara hypercar hits 331mph, making it the world’s fastest production car

Over a decade after SSC last entered the record books, its Tuatara has claimed the title of world’s fastest production car
19 Oct 2020
Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble
Cupra

Hot Cupra Formentor spied testing – with a five-cylinder warble

Is Cupra about to get hold of Audi’s brilliant five-cylinder petrol engine?
19 Oct 2020
Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot
Alpine

Alpine to become high-performance Renault offshoot

Heated-up Renaults but no A110 replacement for Alpine as it follows in Cupra and Abarth footsteps
21 Oct 2020