Picking the ideal Porsches is no easy task thanks to the manufacturer’s history of excellence. But Rob Griffin has identified his favourite five.
The beloved Porsche is the ultimate supercar in many people’s eyes – and for good reason. There’s the eye-catching designs, fantastic engineering and high levels of performance.
In fact, let’s be clear: there aren’t any really bad Porsches. Sure, there are the odd looking ones – yes, Cayenne, I’m looking at you – but they are all fantastic pieces of machinery.
With the latest arrivals being as cherished as those from days past, we have now leafed from the history books to select five of the best.
This demands a location on the list. The aerodynamic, beautifully styled 356 was the 1st production automobile made by Porsche, appearing from the late 1940s and staying around till the mid-1960s. More powerful versions followed, although ferdinand Ferry Porsche, son of the company founder, played a vital role in the design of this machine, which initially had 40 horsepower from a modified VW Beetle engine. It still looks as eye-catching today since it did almost 70 in the past, although to possess one now would cost you around £70,000.
This replaced the 356 in 1964 and was a fast hit. Of all of the Porsche designs down the years this is arguably the most recognisable. The two-door, high-performance machine has seen a lot of incarnations on the years, like the innovative Targa model which arrived in the mid-1960s and sported a removable roof panel. Other popular versions have included the 911 Turbo and 911 Carrera. The latest 911 – which costs between £70,000 and £140,000 – received this glowing accolade by Top Gear: When you consider performance, price, economy and emissions, this is actually the world’s best sports car.
The theory behind the 928 was to create a machine that had the power and poise of a 911 but with even more refinement and luxury thrown in. Porsche executives wanted so that it is the sports car in which you would be comfortable driving long distances. The front engine, water-cooled design didn’t go down well with many different hard-core Porsche enthusiasts, who also weren’t very keen on the bold styling and innovative pop-up headlights. However, the 928 did win wider acclaim and was named European Car of the Year for 1978. Production continued before the mid-1990s, meaning it was portion of the scene to have an impressive 18 years.
One of the newest machines on our list, the Cayman combination of Porsches made its debut less than a decade ago. It really has been praised for being one of the best-handling sports cars now available, as well as clearly being among the finest-looking coupes available on the market. There are three versions available: the Cayman at around the £40,000 mark; the Cayman S that will set you back a further £10,000; and also the fantastically powerful Cayman GTS, which can move from -62mph in less than five seconds and contains a top speed of around 175mph. Phenomenal.
Amazingly, it’s been the best part of two decades since the first-generation Boxster arrived on the scene. This mid-engined, two-seater was the 1st of the modern era road-going Porsches that had been actually designed to be a roadster. The most recent incarnation of the Boxster, which has been totally revised as compared to the long-running original design, costs between £38,000 and £46,000 depending on the specifications chosen. However, older models can be gathered cheaply. In fact, a 10-year-old example can be obtained for around the £5,000 mark. Classy – and affordable.