Henceforth known as the ‘911 for 2011’ feature we have inadvertently set ourselves a deadline in exchange for a catchy title.
That does of course depend on how you interpret it – it could mean any time in 2011 of course, and if we don’t find a Porsche by January 1, we reserve the right to change our minds and say that was the plan all along.
But we do actually plan to nail it before the year is out. We’ve been chatting to Phil Raby, editor of enthusiast mag Total 911 and specialist website Findaporsche.com and he thinks we could find a half decent 996 version of the 911 for around £9k trade.
So that’s the target.
Raby told us: ‘The Porsche 996 has, unfairly, gained a reputation for being a bad buy. Blame the internet – tales of exploding engines are enough to scare anyone off but Porsche sold shedloads of the things and the majority have proved problem-free.
‘If you want a super-cheap 996, go for a Tiptronic Cabriolet with a Savannah (a sort of puke yellow) interior. Just remember that it’ll be hard to sell on…’
So puke yellow it is then! Raby has offered to come with us when we finally do attempt to buy our 911 for an expert opinion, so we should be ok. We just need to raise the £9k first!
Tomorrow we’re heading out on the road to collect the first of our challenge fleet – which we will be aiming to sell for as much money as possible.
Remember, we’re rolling the pot of cash on after every sale until we’ve got enough money to buy that Porsche – which we’ll then sell and hand over the profits to automotive industry charity BEN.
So, if you want to know what we’ve managed to lay our hands and who has helped us out check out our site tomorrow evening or follow the editor on Twitter tomorrow to find out.