Classic Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide 1965-1998 | Book Review

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Randy Leffingwell’s Porsche 911 buyer’s guide has been an enthusiast’s companion going back 20 years, advising what to seek, what to avoid, and what to know before taking the plunge. This resource has been updated for 2022, with “Classic Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide 1965-1998” sticking to the air-cooled cars. 

As the author’s introduction notes, however, the book only covers street models: “Among collectors, these cars change hands quickly and for great sums.” His goal here, he continues, is to make finding and purchasing a Porsche 911 easier for the masses. “Be patient,” he writes. “The car you desire is out there.”

Before diving into the deep end of year-by-year changes, photos, specs and analysis, the book starts with some practical info for those buying an older car–whether a Porsche 911 or not. Call it a detailed checklist of sorts: inspecting body gaps, going over paperwork, analyzing that test drive. 

Considering an open car? Or maybe an example not imported through Porsche’s official channels? Separate chapters delve into both convertibles and Targas as well as gray-market cars–for the latter, the book explains possible pitfalls and how to spot them. 

“Classic Porsche 911 Buyer’s Guide 1965-1998”
Published by Motorbooks
240 pages

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