Since the creation of the first automobile, companies have popped up and fought for the dominant spot. Some have fallen to the wayside, while others have flourished for generations. One such manufacturer that has top-of-mind brand awareness and a valuable line up throughout history is Porsche.
After their start under the German National Socialist regime, Ferdinand Porsche worked diligently to get the brand where it is now. Some, though, feel like the prospect of owning such a beautiful car is too out of reach. Luckily for them, however, there are several used Porsche’s on the market today that can be bought by just about anyone. To elaborate, here are ten prominent examples…
10 Porsche Macan
With the growing segment of the consumer basis yearning for affordable family cars, Porsche thought they should (Once again) throw their hat into the ring. As a result, they came up with the newest Porsche S.U.V., the Macan.
The Macan isn’t as affordable as some of the other vehicles on this list. Actually, it’s one of the nicer S.U.V.’s available today. What makes it worth it, though, is how little used models go for compared to other new Porsches. Typically, a used Macan can go for anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000.
9 Porsche Panamera (Gen. 1)
Like with the Macan, Porsche executives saw a change in the market. Several of their competitors were moving towards hatchbacks and S.U.V.’s, even Ferrari with the release of their FF model later on. Porsche, however, got ahead of the curb with their first generation Panamera.
Unlike other Porsches before it, the Panamera was indeed a hatchback. At first, multiple critics (Even Top Gear) hated the Panamera, although, its speed and power was enough to win them over eventually. If you’re lucky, you can find a first generation Panamera for as low as $13,000 to $20,000.
8 Porsche Cayman (Gen. 1)
To differentiate a bit from their standard line-up of 911’s and Cayenne’s, Porsche thought to release the Cayman. In essence, the Cayman is a compact sports car capable of going up against the BMW M-series, Mercedes AMG, and Nissan’s GTR.
Similar to most Porsches, the first generation usually loses its value pretty quick. This isn’t to say that the Cayman is a poor car, rather one that constantly receives upgrades/facelifts. Nonetheless, an original Cayman can be found for as low as $12,000 on Craigslist and AutoTrader.
7 Porsche 914
For those who aren’t engulfed into Porsche’s history, you may have never heard of the 914. This isn’t unheard of, in fact, some may not even believe the 914 is an actual Porsche. However, like the Ferrari Dino, the 914 is undoubtedly a Porsche.
With a lack of vehicles in Porsche’s selection, they quickly assembled the 914 to fill the void. It was a relatively successful little car, but eventually got the axe. If you fancy older cars and might even want to race one, take a look at the Porsche 914 as a decent cruiser/track-toy. And, at only around $10K, it won’t break the bank either.
6 996 Porsche 911
The 996-body style was an important turning point for Porsche. Also, it was also a dividing chasm between those who love the classic and those who looked toward the future. This is in reference, of course, to the use of water-cooling in the 911.
As stated previously, the Porsche 996 was the first Carrera to have a water-cooling system instead of the old air-cooled versions. This divided the fan base, with some hating the 996. Regardless of what you may think, the 996 is still an amazing Carrera with bounds of on-track wins and awards.
With this controversy, though, it may have weakened the 996’s value. Either that or it’s going through the standard ‘sports car cycle.’ Nevertheless, a good 996 model Carrera can be as cheap as $10,000. Just make sure to check for rust and high-mileage.
5 Porsche 928
Often referred to as the “Egg,” the Porsche 928 has a legendary background of its own. It’s participated in all things motor sports: Rally racing, GT racing, and (nowadays) autocross. Due to its age and abundance of models, the 928 is one of the most affordable classic Porsches available.
The 928 saw mixed success from consumers. Some thought it was perfect, while others criticized its, sometimes, shoddy reliability. However, even with all of this, the Porsche 928 is popular amongst Porsche lovers. It’s a great entry level Porsche too, with a price tag anywhere between $8,000 to $13,000.
4 Porsche 924
Some may believe that a low price means that it is a low quality vehicle. In some circumstances, they may be correct. However, when it comes to the Porsche 924, they couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Porsche 924 shares many visual similarities with the Porsche 944 and 928. All have front-engine setups, similar design queues, and could easily be mistaken for one and other by the untrained eye. With all of this in mind, the 924 is a great car for someone who can’t decide between the 944 or 928. It doesn’t hurt that that they can go for as low as $7,000 too.
3 Porsche Cayenne (Gen. 1)
To differentiate a bit, Porsche decided to move a bit further away from their standard sports car only setup. To do this, the best possible route was right in front of them: A sports utility vehicle. Luckily for them, their attempts with the Porsche Cayenne were not in vain.
Of all the S.U.V.’s on the market, Porsche makes some of the greatest. They provide excellent power outputs along with outstanding Porsche looks. Their first generation of the Cayenne’s was particularly popular amongst consumers; so much so that they still make new models to this day.
A first generation Cayenne can go for as much as $15,000 to as low as $6,000 depending on maintenance and mileage.
2 Porsche Boxster (Gen. 1)
When most people think about an “affordable Porsche,” they usually don’t think about a brand new Porsche Turbo S. Rather, they imagine one of the highest selling Porsche models: The Boxster.
Of all the Porsche models, the Boxster is, by far, their most affordable model. Many enthusiasts who are interested in Porsches may look towards the Boxster as their first Porsche due to its low price and reliability. Brand new ones can go for as low as $30,000, while the original body style can be found on Craigslist (from independent sellers) for an impressive $5,000.
1 Porsche 944
The most affordable Porsche is not the Boxster or the first generation Cayenne. Instead, it’s something that (Once again) non-die-hard Porsche fans may not even know exists: The Porsche 944.
The Porsche 944 was a front-engine Porsche with a V8 option. Back when it was new, the 944 could be found just about everywhere. Whether it is on racetracks or highways, odds are you would see a 944 dominating in any one of those categories. Thankfully, the 944 has reached a point in its lifetime where its cost is very low. So low, actually, that a 944 in great condition can go for as low as $4,000.
That’s not bad at all when you consider the 944’s on-track success, beautiful looks, and Porsche brand.