Porsche announces 991 Carrera GTS ‘British Legends’ Editions

Porsche has unveiled three brand new special-edition 911s. Based on the dynamic Gen 2 991 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe, the series has been given the theme of British Legends, celebrating three British racing drivers who have taken Porsche to the top step of the podium at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

British Legends: Richard Attwood

Richard Attwood helped to claim Porsche’s first Le Mans victory in 1970. Driving the 917 with its legendary flat-twelve engine in the Porsche family colours of Salzburg Racing, Attwood and partner, Hans Herrmann, outlasted many other competitors (including the updated 4.9-litre 917s) to reach the finish in first position overall. Only 16 of the original 51 starters reached the chequered flag.

Herrmann  – a Porsche factory driver from the early 1950s – had promised his wife that a Le Mans win would be his last ever race. After the race, he kept his word and retired. Attwood raced another 917 at Le Mans in 1971, finished second and retired at the end of the season.

British Legends: Nick Tandy

After a blistering early career in Ministox and single seaters (Formula Ford and F3), Nick Tandy first blipped on Porsche’s radar with an incredible Carrera Cup debut at Dijon for Konrad Motorsport in 2009. Finishing second with no testing in the highly competitive Carrera Cup Germany at Dijon, Konrad invited him back for the Abu Dhabi race, where he impressed again, thus earning himself a full season Carrera Cup drive for 2010.

2010 took Tandy from strength to strength, and he narrowly missed the Carrera Cup DE title to Rene Rast. The championship was Tandy’s in 2011, at which stage he shifted up to the world stage, ending up in Porsche’s LMP programme, taking his first Le Mans win in 2015 alongside Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg. He continues to be an integral part of the Porsche works driver lineup.

British Legends: Derek Bell

Born in leafy Pinner in 1941, Derek Reginald Bell went on to claim wins at Le Mans – four of them with Porsche – and remains Britain’s winningest Le Mans racer.

Bell’s first Le Mans 24 was in 1970: the same race won by Richard Attwood in a Porsche 917. Driving alongside Ronnie Peterson in a works Ferrari 512S, the car was forced to retire from the race, but Bell stayed on afterwards to help his friend Steve McQueen film the classic Le Mans. The Ferrari used in the film caught fire with Bell in it, and he narrowly escaped unharmed.

Derek Bell’s most memorable wins at La Sarthe came when teamed with Jacky Ickx. The pair claimed victory for Mirage in 1975 and then for Porsche in 1981 and 1982. Bell’s other Porsche Le Mans wins came in 1986 and 1987, alongside Hans Stuck and Al Holbert.

Porsche 911 Special Editions

The ‘British Legends’ 991s are based on 991 Carrera 4 GTS models and come with options including LED headlights, Sport Design body styling and satin-finish mirrors, lots of carbon and a Union Jack badge on each car with the driver’s signature alongside. Porsche says:

“Using the design of the winning race cars as the starting point of each car, joint workshops between Porsche Cars GB and the drivers ensured their passion was built-in to each 911. The ideas were then taken forward by the design team at Style Porsche in Weissach and the craftsmen at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur in Stuttgart.

“Each British Legends Edition is finished intricately by hand in the new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur workshop. Special features such as the Satin finish black door mirrors, carbon floor mats with Alcantara® edging and a steering column casing in Alcantara® make their first appearance on this 911.”

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition is on sale from 9 October, priced at £122,376 inc VAT for Attwood Red – add an extra £900 for Tandy White or Bell Blue paint.

Porsche launches the all-new Cayenne

Porsche has announced the new Cayenne: the third edition and a brand new version of the all-conquering sporty 4×4 which shot Porsche from being a small-scale sports car manufacturer into the five-door mainstream when it was first released in 2003.

Technical highlights are fascinating, with two new turbocharged engines on offer at launch, an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, new chassis systems and an innovative display and control concept with “total connectivity”.
Launch engines are both turbocharged six-cylinder petrols. The newly-developed single turbo 3-litre V6 makes 340 horsepower: up 40 hp on the previous model. Also new is the 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo engine found in the Cayenne S, now making 440 hp, which is 20 hp more than the outgoing car.

When fitted with Sport Chrono and launch control, the new Cayenne S charges from zero to 62 mph in less than five seconds: an impressive figure for a car that is 65 kilos lighter than its predecessor but still weighs over two tonnes.

Drawing on the 911 for design inspiration, the new Cayenne’s chassis features staggered wheels – now a minimum 19” diameter – and rear-wheel steering.

Weight has been saved in the chassis; now with a separated link design front axle and a multi-link rear axle. PDCC and three-chamber air suspension along with active all-wheel drive ensure impeccable road manners. As few Cayennes ever go off road and tyres are the limiting factor here, Porsche says little about enhanced off road performance, but it is pretty good in any case, assuming there is no thick mud to confuse the rubber circles.

Inside, the boot is much bigger with an extra one hundred litres of space. All Cayennes come with LED headlights as standard, with PDLS dynamic lighting as an option. The top end Cayenne option is exceptionally impressive technology: high beams can be used without the risk of dazzling oncoming drivers and the system even compensates lighting to ensure no road sign glare.

The new eight-speed Tiptronic is similarly impressive technology. The performance increases are as attributable to the all-new transmission as to the engine. “Shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and off-road capability. At the other end of the expanded spread between comfort and sportiness, the taller eighth gear ensures lower revs, optimised fuel consumption and relaxed cruising,” says Porsche.

The streamlined design features a new front end with bigger air intakes, new lines off the lights and small tweaks to overall length and height. While the wheelbase is unchanged, the elongated form offers a very contemporary statement – it is a good looking car.

With PIWIS 3 diagnostics in our workshops linking us straight to Porsche headquarters for daily software updates and individual car build data, JZM Porsche is already equipped to service and maintain the all-new Cayenne. We look forward to seeing the first examples in the JZM service centre!

Here’s some video of the new Cayenne in motion:

JZM Porsche Cars and Coffee: October 1st 2017

Our next cars and coffee (and croissants) event will take place on October 1st, 2017. The day starts at 10am and we’re looking forward to another great morning, with a repeat of the excellent attendance from our last get together.

We will again welcome representatives of Akrapovic exhausts and KW Suspension, who enjoyed meeting our customers last time around. Russ and Steve will also be to hand, to discuss Porsche sales and the market in general or to talk Porsche tuning and service here at JZM.

We may also be giving sneak peeks of our all-new storage facility at the cars and coffee morning. JZM storage comes on line later this year as a major upgrade to our customer offering and is already taking bookings! We hope many of our friend and clients will make it along and look forward to seeing you – set satnavs for WD4 8JE!

JZM Classic: Porsche 993 C4 restored in-house

We have always insisted on the highest standards for all Porsche cars added to our showroom stock, but when it comes to classic Porsche cars restored in-house, those standards are even higher. We’ve recently completed a detailed refurbishment on this Porsche 993 Carrera 4 Manual Coupe and the car is now in wonderful condition.

As the last of the air-cooled 911s before the arrival of the Porsche 996, the 993 remains very popular with enthusiast and investors alike. This particular RHD 993 Carrera was chosen as the basis of our latest restoration due to its wonderful service history (now on its second service book) and the sure-footed flexibility of the 4-wheel drive chassis, not to mention the factory original Arena Red colour, which has long been a favourite of 993 fans.

The external preparation was entrusted to one of London’s finest bodyshops. Working with the highest quality materials, the paint was refinished to an excellent standard: we are delighted with the stunning end result. The 17” Cup 2 wheels were fully refurbished with new coloured centre caps and are now wrapped in brand new N-rated Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. The original grey leather is presented in super condition and it is always nice to have an electric sunroof. The cabin is simply superb and a perfect place from which to enjoy some European touring.

Mechanically, this car could not be better. To compliment the exceptional bodywork, the 993 received a detailed service including a new clutch, new brake discs all round with new brake pads and sensors, new heat shield to the catalytic converter, many new brake pipes and hoses and countless other minor improvements, before the work was finished off with a full chassis geometry setup and adjust.

More than £10,000 has been spent on preparing this classic RHD air-cooled 911 to the highest standards of retail presentation. We believe that it is now one of the very best examples available. Contact us to book an inspection in person at the earliest opportunity: part-exchange and finance a pleasure.

Air-cooled Outlaw Porsche 911 ST for sale at JZM

So many modern-day Porsche owners dream of building a vintage air-cooled 911 to deliver the ultimate engaging driving experience, but settling on a recipe for the ultimate early air-cooled 911 is never an easy decision. With so many models and engine options to choose from, it takes an experienced Porsche owner to pick the best base model and select the perfect upgrades which will work in harmony to create the perfect end result.

This Porsche 911 Carrera hot rod now for sale at JZM is a good example of what is possible when a long-time Porsche enthusiast approaches a money-no-object early Porsche project.

Built to the lightweight “modern-RS” philosophy, a smart 1987 911 3.2 Carrera with the sought after G50 transmission and all-important right-hand drive was chosen as a base car for this superb driver’s 911. The car was stripped to a bare shell and professionally backdated to the pre-1973 look. All body corrosion was removed with the shell restored to as-new condition.

The front was converted to a centre-fill fuel tank, while the spoilerless engine cover was fitted with a handmade engine grille. Many parts were manufactured especially for this 911, and the chassis bristles with bespoke fabrication include strut tower reinforcements front and rear and a very tastefully modified electrical fuse and relay layout.

Inside the car, a rear roll cage envelops period Corbeau sports seats are fitted with retractable harnesses. A WEVO G50 shifter selects the gears with pinpoint precision. Brakes have been converted to a non-servo adjustable pedalbox system with the Bilstein dampers supplied to suit the lightweight Carrera.

The lightweight doors are beautifully finished, with the clutter-free dash setting the sports-purpose ethos. Aluminium pedals and footboards with an RS carpet set emphasise the lightweight theme, while the odometer shows 2,200 miles since the car was fully restored.

The story of all great 911s starts and ends with the perfect flat six, and this car is a perfect example. Under the engine cover lies a Redtek-built 3-litre ST-style engine, running modern EFI from a Canems ECU through high-butterfly PMO throttle bodies. The detailed spec is too much to list here, but suffice to say that it is an absolute torque monster! Full engine build sheets are available for interested parties.

The transmission was also completely rebuilt with a new LSD and new synchros throughout. The total bill for engine and gearbox was just shy of £30,000, and building this engine would cost even more at today’s money.

All in all, this is a very special car which must be seen to be fully appreciated and one which would certainly cost more than its advertised price to rebuild from scratch. Contact us to discuss this amazing 911.

JZM Classic Porsche: Superb 1970 911E Coupe for sale

Take a look at this beautifully preserved LHD 1970 Porsche 911E Coupe in Light Ivory which recently arrived at JZM for sale. The history of this car is known from new and it is superb throughout.

This 911 was originally supplied through Porsche of Pleasanton in San Francisco, California. The original owner kept the 911E for more than thirty years, until it was passed to an Air Force Colonel residing in San Diego. In 2012, the car changed hands again and the new owner commissioned a full mechanical and interior re-fresh from respected marque specialists. It was most recently sold to its first UK owner and arrived here on January 1st, 2015.

This classic Porsche 911E really was a dream to inspect and passed our detailed pre-sales checks with flying colours. It has never been welded, it has original factory doors, panels and floorpan. This genuine California car has lived the last 45 years in the perfect west coast climate and it is in stunning condition – a condition that is never seen on European 911s after this length of time.

The car has now been fully prepared for the British climate by means of a thorough waxoyling. We say it of all our cars, but this 911 really does need to be seen to be fully appreciated! Email sales@jzmporsche.com to discuss.

JZM Porsche Market Report March 2017

Now that the clocks have gone forward and the bright evenings are with us, we have entered the often-mentioned Porsche ‘season’. Owners of older Porsches have started to get their cars out of storage and use them more regularly, leading to 911s and other classic Porsche models becoming a more common sight on the road.

This increased activity/visibility of the older Porsches has a noticeable effect on the used Porsche market as a whole. With more cars out and about, the unique attractions of Porsche ownership – particularly older models – are brought to the fore and enquiry levels at independent dealerships increase. This is when we begin to see the trends for demand (and therefore prices) emerge for the year ahead.

Enquiry levels through February and March prove that the market remains in good shape. We’ve welcomed a steady stream of potential buyers and feedback on condition of our stock and asking prices has been very positive. Many cars have sold within hours of arriving at JZM and regular visitors to our all-new website will have noticed a considerable intake of interesting and highly collectable Porsches through the winter months. With so much attention on collectable Porsches during the ‘off-season’, it is easy to forget that the majority of owners buy their Porsches to drive them.

Porsche cars for driving remain in strong demand. Recent weeks have brought many quick sales for a variety of drivers’ cars, including a Gen 1 997 GT3 RS prepared by JZM for track use that had enjoyed track days all over Europe (and will continue to do so), a well-specced Cayman S manual in rare Rhodium Silver and a trio of smart Porsche Cayman Rs. Also sold in short order was a perfect 991 Carrera GTS manual in Lava Orange, the beautiful Porsche 356 ‘Outlaw’ Coupe and a pair of 997 Turbos, one of which had been tastefully modified here in the JZM tuning workshops with KW 3-way adjustable suspension, upgraded exhaust and an RS flywheel and clutch.

We find that cars which have been modified with care and attention using quality parts continue to sell well. JZM offers only the best quality aftermarket Porsche tuning parts, guaranteed to improve performance over a standard car. Parts of this quality tend to be quite sought after by keen drivers, so cars with average mileage offered with these modifications usually sell for higher prices than standard cars – quite a different situation to low mileage cars, which do better in factory spec.

The rising prices for low mileage cars have caused many owners of average mileage examples with interesting modifications to return their cars to standard, which generally makes them less interesting to drive and can keep the cars in the garage. This approach is unrewarding on a number of levels: cars that do not get used can cost more to maintain.

It is always better to use and enjoy Porsches with average mileage and if that means leaving aftermarket upgrades in place for a better drive, then owners should do that. Any price rise for a standard-ised car may be completely wiped out when potentially paying additional maintenance for lower use. “Drive and enjoy” remains the best philosophy.

Regarding what’s hot and what’s not, air-cooled enquiries have definitely picked up with the arrival of spring and we have sold some great air-cooled 911s this month, including our low-mileage Speedster in Black, 964RS in Silver, the Falsen Green 930 Flatnose and a beautiful 993 Carrera 4S in Violet Metallic. We still have some very interesting air-cooled cars in the showroom and all have strong enquiries listed against them.

We have enquiries on file for most water-cooled 911s, so many of these cars sell as soon as they pass our inspection and before they are advertised. Recent low-mileage sales include a superb Gen II 997 GT3 Clubsport with less than 12k miles, which had a number of names against it before it arrived. The car was offered to existing enquiries in order and the first potential buyer snapped it up.

Elsewhere in GT3s, the Gen 2 991 GT3 announcement generated some interesting phone calls and discussions about brokerage deals to raise cash for a GT3 order. The reality is that 991.2 GT3s will be just as hard to order as Gen 1s, so make sure you have a confirmed order before selling the car you already own. Buying a Gen 2 GT3 in the hope of securing a place on the list for the next GT2 may not be enough to guarantee a spot: Porsche simply will not make enough cars for those 911s to be offered to the regular man in the street (including us – we share your pain).

All water-cooled Turbos remain in demand and we have RHD 996 GT2 and Clubsport and even a RHD 997 GT2 RS coming in. All of these cars have enquiries listed against them and will probably sell to clients who have waited patiently for the right cars to come up. Really good 997 Turbo manuals are still in demand and Turbo S 996 or 997 are also excellent news. We are buying as many of these cars as we can find that pass our pre-sale inspection and outbidding all other dealers, so contact us if you have a car available.

Porsche 911 Turbo Flatnose (930) for sale

Born of the Porsche 935 racing prototype which dominated motorsport for many years after its introduction in the mid 1970s, the flatnose was the rarest 911 of them all: a symbol of true wealth and power. While the styling eventually slipped out of fashion for a time, a proper flatnose Porsche 930 Turbo is now regarded as a truly iconic machine.

The latest Flatnose Porsche 930 Turbo to grace the JZM showroom is this beautifully presented 1986 example in rare Falsen Green Metallic. With just 30,000 miles from new and benefitting from a recent high quality repaint costing over £12,000, the flat six powering this stunning flatnose 930 has been professionally upgraded to include a double-size twin-element intercooler, an uprated wastegate and fuel system to accomodate higher boost pressure and a twin 100mm outlet sports exhaust system for extra oomph.

The legendary 930 brakes have also been modified utilising later larger calipers. The car is fitted with an internal brake balancing system that can be operated from within the cabin. A 40% Limited Slip Differential helps to keep this powerful 911 on the straight and narrow.

Priced very attractively considering the excellent condition, comprehensive maintenance history and substantial recent investment, this unique RHD flatnose 911 Turbo is available for immediate delivery and long-term delight from JZM Porsche. Email JZM Porsche Sales to discuss.

Porsche 993 Carrera LHD in Speed Yellow for sale

Air-cooled Porsche 911s continue to rank among the favourites of investment buyers. This left-hand drive 993 Carrera 2 Coupe is a great example of an investment grade 911.

Finished in Speed Yellow, the colour is perfectly suited to the shapely styling of the Porsche 993. This coupe’s looks have been complemented by the addition of a 993 Turbo front bumper and additional 993 Turbo S air intake ducts. The interior is trimmed in beautiful black leather of the highest quality.

More than £7,000 has been spent in recent times to ensure that this classic Porsche is in perfect mechanical condition. All air-cooled 911s appeal to keen drivers and, to enhance that appeal, this car features a limited slip differential and factory M030 sports suspension.

As last of the air-cooled line, the 993 took advantage of everything Porsche had learned about rear-engined sports cars up to that point. With a wonderfully flexible 3.6-litre engine, sublime 6-speed transmission and multi-link rear suspension, the 993 Coupe makes the perfect usable investment. Contact JZM Sales to discuss this rare opportunity!

JZM Porsche Market Report February 2017

The big news in Porsche circles this month was of course the Sothebys RM Auctions sale at Retromobile in Paris. More than £28 million pounds’ worth of cars were sold on the night, with many record prices for collectable 911s.

Surprise of the show was undoubtedly a 2004 Porsche 996 GT3 RS with less than 200 kms from new, which fetched a staggering £343,000 including premium. Other Porsches also fared well: one 993 Turbo S Cabriolet finishing at a jaw-dropping £1.1M including premium. A 959 Sport sold for £1.7M including premium and both 964RS models offered made just under £200k each including premium.

Some may say that auction results are pie-in-the-sky numbers which do not relate back to the retail market, but we disagree. These sales offer an important window into buyer mindset at the very top end of the market. They also contextualise the two-tier market that we often refer to in our market reports: high end collectors versus enthusiast owners.

JZM Porsche caters for both markets and sales often cross from one to the other. Many of our enthusiast customers are keen collectors with more than one Porsche, and many of our serious collectors with portfolios of ten or more cars always retain one or two models with average mileage, which can be driven guilt-free. Understanding the difference in perceived market value between a collectable Porsche and a driver’s car is where auctions can help. So what lessons can we take away from the RM Paris results?

The first and most important signpost was the continued rise of the 996. Four 996 models were offered on the night, with the GT3 RS and a 24,000-km GT2 Clubsport both beating their top estimates by some margin. The Mk1 GT3 Clubsport and higher mileage 996 Turbo S Cabriolet each achieved more than mid-estimate including premium.

The second point is that production levels remain critical to achieving the best prices. The 993 price was easier to understand when one considers that the 993 Turbo S Cabriolet is a very limited production model, with fewer than 15 examples manufactured. Compare this to production of the 1973 Carrera RS, where up to 100 times that number were originally manufactured (a ’73 RS Touring sold for £470k including premium on the night). Another low production model is the 964 Turbo S, a 23k-mile example of which was sold on the night for almost £790,000 including premium. JZM has sold a number of Turbo S models in the last twelve months and this price was a pleasant surprise for all of our owners.

The final point we take away from the latest RM sale is that, while air-cooled prices are holding up well, water-cooled prices are gathering pace, indicating a growing willingness among collectors to look to later models for stars of the future. The 996 GT3 and RS are good examples of this. Compare circa 600 996 GT3s produced to the 991 GT3, where up to 6,000 models may have been manufactured, and it is easy to see why collectors are snapping up early GT3s at this time.

Bringing these points into the retail market, one might reasonably wonder why some sellers are still asking twice the list price for used 991 GT3s when clearly the market is not going to stand that. Our activity in the modern GT3 market and occasional foray into other modern sports cars such as the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 recently sold and the Ferrari 458s we have handled means that we benefit from the input of a wide audience – not just the Porsche crowd. Having sold a number of 991 GT3s this month, we do not sense an appetite for overpriced GT3 stock and so carefully monitor our prices.

Showroom Activity

January was a busy month at JZM Porsche, with 29 cars sold. February started somewhat quieter but, as the month progressed, enquiry levels increased and we were happy to welcome serious buyers to the showroom. The global nature of our business continued, with cars selling as far afield as Belgium and the Far East. Air-cooled was again at the forefront, with several air-cooled cars sold through February, including our 964 30-Jahre Anniversary car. JZM special projects have also been selling: one 964 hot rod with retrimmed interior, new KW suspension and some other tweaks was a very quick seller and we have another special 964 in build which we think will find a new home in short order.

Our success with 911 Turbos continues. Two very smart 997 Turbos (Coupe and Cabriolet) have just arrived in the showroom and we continue to bring in some fantastic 930s. The latest 930 in Black with original Tartan Recaro trim is just about to land and we have a couple of appointments lined up for that car.

The air-cooled market has not yet started properly, as it tends to coincide with the F1 calendar. Once that first race appears, the 2017 classic Porsche season will get going in style and we could see another record year for the early air-cooled models. Anyone in the market for an air-cooled Porsche would be well advised to be proactive and get enquiries moving early, while the weather is still a bit grey and things remain relatively quiet.

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