Between the Porsche 911 964, 993, and 997--which chassis is the best?

2006 997.1 for sale on Bring a Trailer
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OPPOS—which is the best 911 of these three?

The 964, 993, or 997?

I have begun setting aside money to buy a sports car. I have a three year old girl and a boy on the way, so my plan is to raise them around cars, car clubs, and weekends at Cars & Coffee during the summer. I also like working on projects myself and like to learn how to do mechanical repairs. I would also like to use it for long camping trips with my buddies like a drive around Lake Michigan.

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In my view, a used 911 is the best all around sports car and if well cared for will not be a horrible investment. My gut says the 997 is the best buy right now (admittedly the 996 Turbo occasionally gets my attention, but I would regret it everytime I saw the headlights). Obviously, I’m only looking for a manual. I prefer two-wheel drive and a coupe, but those are not deal breakers for me.

Here are three that are currently for sale on Bring A Trailer.

997

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I think the rear quarter view of the 997 is perfect Porsche. The size is right, it is modern, yet such a return to form. Plus, you can still see the engine, unlike the new ones.

Downside on the 997.1 is obviously the IMS issue—but boy there are a lot of these for sale in the high 20ks and 30ks. I could live with that risk.

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Of these three models, I like the simplicity of the 964's interior the most, but would rank the 997 second.

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964

I do return back to looking for 964s often. Obviously their prices have gone up quite a bit, but if you are willing to accept higher miles, they still can be had in the 30k range. The exterior and interior look like what a 911 should be.

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Driving an air-cooled Porsche obviously brings the mental-baggage of putting miles on a car that could appreciate. But there are worse problems.

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I love the simple cockpit.

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Side benefit of the 964? If you ever hit it big or win the lottery, Singer Designs will make it beautiful for you.

993

Last is the one I like the least of these three, which happens to also be the most expensive of the three currently.

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I think the 993 looks classic from the year, however, the I am not a fan of the nose.

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I do like the clean, simple interior of the 993.

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What is the verdict OPPO?

Or is the right answer to find an E36 or E46 M3? The 25 year mark just passed for importing European spec E36s!

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