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Porsche 997 Sells on eBay for £63,700

Fri, 26 Aug 2005
eBay Auction Redport by Paul Cassell.

Over £2,000

The New Porsche 911 (997) coupe has had some rave reviews in the press. Autocar say it is the “best junior supercar on sale” in their listings. It comes in two variants at present, the 3.6 Carrera and the 3.8 Carrera S. The press seem undecided which is better, but either way the unanimous verdict across the knowledgeable scribes throughout the world is that evolution rather than revolution was the correct way to go for Porsche. The first 997 that I have seen pass through the eBay virtual halls was sold today. It appears that an unlucky fellow from Doncaster had a motorcycle accident and was selling a Carrera S as a result. An ex-Porsche Demonstrator, this high spec (£77k new) 05/54 plate car had only 2700 miles, was midnight blue and had the manual gearbox. It made £63,700.

This weeks selection was taken from a mid-day mid-week auction ending period, and this period seemed to attract a more varied, interesting and expensive selection of vehicles than the previous weekend periods. Another 911 was sold. This time it was a 1978 3.0 SC Targa. Barely averaging 3000 miles a year it had a shade less than 84,000 miles on the clock, 8 months tax and ticket, was LHD and an import from the sunny climes of California. In good condition and in steel grey it made £6,999.

High mileage can really hammer a car’s value. The Renault Laguna may not have the best residuals of its class, but add 96k to the mileage in three years and you can pick up a silver 02/02 1.9 DCi Dynamique 5dr in good condition with a FSH for £4,450. Conversely an eBay favourite, the Toyota Hilux Surf, holds it value a lot better with a 1994L 3.0TD Limited Auto with 63,000 miles and a new ticket making £4,300.

Another eBay favourite is the Mitsubishi Pajero. A green 1992J 2.5TD 5dr in average condition, with about 70,000 miles and 8m ticket made £3,000. Backing up the trend that eBay is ripe pickings if you are looking to buy a Japanese Import, a black 1992J Toyota MR2 2.0 Auto Convertible with 50,000 miles and a new ticket made £2,500.

The Peugeot 205 GTi has quiet a following, particularly the 1.9 version. A 1991 white example which was relatively unmolested, with 50,000 miles but not much descriptive text made the same £2,500 the MR2 did.

Something especially interesting was a replica of a 1932 MG J-Series built in 1969 that was sold. Tax exempt it was described as being very reliable and looked good in the photos. It had two tone blue paintwork, 78,313 miles, is a convertible and has 9 month’s MOT. That sold for £2,051. It looks like it will have made a nice summer toy for someone.

£1000 - £2000

Which the TVR that follows it might also have done. Forgetting the reliability aspects of buying an old TVR, £2,000 for a red 280i Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe, chassis number 10, with 83,000 miles and lots of history could certainly be a hoot. 160bhp may not sound like much from a 2.8 litre Ford engine nowadays but I am sure it makes driving the TVR a memorable occasion.

That £2,000 could also have bought another drop-top. This time a slightly modified 1992K VW Golf 1.8 GTi Sportline convertible with 60,000 miles and 11m ticket passed through. Or the £2,000 could have bought a 2001 3dr 1.3 Ford Fiesta with a FSH and 9m ticket.

Finally some more mundane cars were sold. A good condition 1999V Fiat Brava 1.9 JTD ELX 105 with 57,000 miles and 10m ticket made £1,675. An average condition 2000W silver Ford Mondeo 2.0 GLX Auto with 107k miles and a 12m ticket made £75 less and a 81k mile 1998R Renault Megane 2.0 Coupe with a recent new cambelt change but only 4m MOT made £1,550.

A very good condition 1990G BMW 325i Touring with a full MD history, 11m MOT, leather and some desirable features (but a poor stereo) made the grand total of £1,551.02.

Under £1,000

In the bargain basement you could have picked up a 1999T 41k mile green Hyundai Accent 1.3 E with a full history for only £969, a slightly modified 1996N Ford Escort 1.6 Mexico 3dr with 80,000 miles but only 2 months ticket for £500, or a very well cared for (but lacking an MOT) metallic grey 78k mile 1990H Ford Escort 1.3 Ghia for £155.01.

A 1989G Jaguar 3.6 Sovereign with 190,000 miles made £485 and a 1983 Ex-MOD Land Rover Series 3 LWB 109 Ex FFR with 4 months ticket but needing a little tlc but only 18,000 miles made £545.

One to watch:

The 52 plate MG ZT-T+ estate with 31,000 miles made it up to £6,100. However the reserve was set at £9,500 so there was no sale. Pandering to my own interest, this week’s one to watch is a loaded new 4.6 V8 Ford Mustang coupe. It will arrive with 400 miles on the clock from Canada. Apparently this will be the same as US Spec but with km/h marking on the speedometer. The lucky bidder will pay at least £19,999 – but as yet there have been no bids.

Some eBay item numbers should you want a closer look:

1978 Porsche 911:4567630606
1994L Hilux Surf: 4567631088
1969 Replica 1932 MG:4567459518
1983 TVR:4567631310
1990 BMW:4567085209
2005 Ford Mustang:4565836446

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