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EB Motorsport’s stunning Porsche 911 R homage

Hot on the heels of EB Motorsport’s stunning 911 R homage, the company’s Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 replica is a Porsche passion project delivering many new historic race car components to market...

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 964

In Dave Goodwin’s pursuit of Porsche perfection, this 1989 964 Carrera 2 has undergone serious transformation...

1973 Porsche 911 E 2.4 Targa

Starting with an experimental semi-open-top 911 in 1965, Porsche developed one of motoring’s most celebrated body styles and named it after a thrilling Sicilian road race…

Early Aga Blue 1965 Porsche 912 Coupé

This early Aga Blue 912 spent decades in the possession of the family behind the influential Pauter Machine Company before the car made its way to the UK, where it was subjected to full restoration...

1968 Porsche 911 L Coupe SWB transformed into a screaming 3.2-litre widebody finished in Viper Green

The latest restomod to roll out of Rindt Vehicle Design is this short-wheelbase 1968 911 L coupe transformed into a screaming 3.2-litre widebody finished in Viper Green...

First long-wheelbase Porsche 911 E Prototype rides again

Not only is this the earliest long-wheelbase 911, it also boasts a huge number of factory firsts on account of it being kept by Porsche as a testbed for a wealth of prototype parts...

1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II by Weymann

Rolls-Royce’s Phantom II defined luxury car supremacy in the early 1930s. Richard Heseltine drives a special Weymann-bodied example that escaped a premature death.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

Rare, stylish and exquisitely engineered, the Toyota 2000GT revolutionised Japan’s motor industry — and charmed Robert Cor her.

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This is, in effect, the second draft of this column. You see, I had in my mind a treatise on how the Toyota 2000GT had been tuppence ha’penny when I got into this game (rather longer ago than I would care to admit) yet now ranks alongside the aristocracy of European classic cars in desirability. Then I actually checked the then and now price guides and a very different picture emerged. Maybe that’s why I/we so seldom fixate on values: to my mind they are a useful barometer to the shifting sands of desirability, but how many noughts they boast is simply not important to me. Also, I appear to be rubbish at it!

Anyway, I have no idea where I got the idea that the Japanese GT was about £15,000 in 1996 because, according to the contemporary price guide, an excellent example was then £50k, which I know from personal experience was more-or-less enough to buy a three-bed excouncil flat in Fulham at that time (though it wouldn’t be for long). In comparison, the blue- blooded old-money greats were far from the presumed ten times the price, with an LP400 just £7kmore, a 507 for £75,000 and a Gullwing double, at a fraction over £100k.

According to the Classic Car Price Guide (buy from magsdirect.co.uk), a decent 2000GT today is £470,000 (though it might take almost double that to buy one like ours’), roughly half the price of a Miura or Gullwing. The only seismic change has been the 507, which is now valued at four times the price of the 2000GT.

There are lots of reasons for this, of course, primarily power and performance, plus I suspect a tendency for people to think of the difficult-to-pigeonhole 2000GT more as a fancy Datsun 240Z rival than even an E-type competitor. It is probably only the Toyota’s rarity, with just 337 built, that elevated it above its mass-produced countryman and the Brit. In fact, you must wonder whether we would have even have heard of it if it weren’t for that brilliant bit of product placement (of a convertible that couldn’t be bought) in You Only Live Twice. Oddly, for me, all of that just adds to its insuperable allure. Plus, it’s bloomin’ gorgeous. And I fit in it.

My car-owning history shows I am a sucker for a hybrid, whether it be a plastic sports car that turns Ford basics into a worldbeating combination, or a boisterous GT combining Italian looks, American power and British, er, weight. As an Interceptor owner, I found driving the Iso Rivolta especially interesting, but for me the project itself was more fascinating. Underneath it is like a brand new car; on the top it looks as if it has just been dragged out of a California canyon. That juxtaposition can challenge your senses, but ultimately it is a visionary triumph.
2024 KAMM Manufaktur 912 C

The KAMM Manufaktur 912 C now boasts production specification following its debut as a prototype last year, but can this carbon-clad coupe deliver on its promise of being a focused four-cylinder air-cooled Porsche despite possessing multiple personalities?

Personalised 493bhp 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 991.2

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Ferry Porsche’s front room provides the backdrop for this informal gathering one evening in March 1974

The homely setting of Ferry Porsche’s front room provides the backdrop for this informal gathering one evening in March 1974. This was a preliminary discussion on the possibility of cooperating with a car manufacturer in what was then the Soviet Union.

1990 Porsche 911 Carrera RS N/GT 964 prototype

Following years of speculation surrounding its identity, this recently restored 964 has been confirmed by former Porsche factory engineer and legendary works racing driver, Jürgen Barth, as being one of two surviving N/GT prototypes assembled under his watch back in 1990…

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo 930

This former 911 Turbo press car has been given a new lease of life following two years spent in the workshops of Porsche indie, Mike Champion Engineering. We head to Oxfordshire and get behind the wheel...

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