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Mart Fresh: Right-priced GT3, low-mileage Boxster, or sportiest Panamera?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Photos by the sellers except where noted

A popular PCA member benefit is The Mart, the club’s classifieds section online and in each issue of Porsche Panorama. Mart Fresh is a bi-weekly column in which PCA media staff pick what they think are the "freshest" Porsches currently available, and then attempt to explain their reasoning. Only PCA members and Test Drive program participants have access to seller contact information. Always invest in a pre-purchase inspection for any Porsche you may consider, as seller descriptions and pictures don’t always tell the full story.

2004 Porsche 911 GT3 - $59,500

I normally peruse the whole Cars For Sale section of the Mart to make sure I don’t miss a stellar Porsche deal, but this week, my Mart Fresh choice was found on the first page (at time of writing): a 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 for $59,500. We normally don’t see 996 GT3s at this low of a price — which nevertheless is about spot on for a nice example that’s not a concours garage queen, according to Hagerty’s Price Guide — so I immediately looked to see where it’s located. Yikes, it’s in Miami, where many streets were flooded during Hurricane Irma earlier this month. However, that doesn’t mean the car was flooded, but I’d make sure to have it carefully inspected by a qualified Porsche technician before making a deal just to be sure. For what it’s worth, the seller says he is making room for a 997 GT3. If all checks out, 86,000 miles on the bulletproof “Mezger” flat six shouldn’t scare you away, and those engines do not suffer IMS bearing issues like some 996 Carreras do. A 996 GT3 is the last of Porsche’s GT cars to nix traction control — all the better to (carefully) enjoy the high-strung, 380-horsepower sports car on the road or on the track. – Damon Lowney, Digital Media Coordinator, Porsche Club of America

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1998 Porsche Boxster - $12,000

986 Boxsters seem to get more and more appealing with each passing year. They’re relatively simple and among the last of the truly analog Porsche sports cars. This one looks like it’s had excellent care and, with just 32,000 miles, has tons of life left in it. Really, a 32,000-mile Porsche for just 12 grand. No mention as to whether the IMS bearing has been replaced with a superior aftermarket solution, so budget a couple of thousand to do that. Still, for less than twice the money of the average 130,000-mile 986, you get this lovely, barely used, black Boxster. – Rob Sass, Editor in Chief and Director of Content, Porsche Panorama and

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2013 Porsche Panamera GTS - $58,200

The Panamera GTS pictured above is representative of the car for sale that is profiled here. Photo courtesy Porsche

At the first start of a Panamera GTS, I found myself immediately in love with its exhaust note and its tantalizing combination of performance and luxury for four people. If I had to choose only one car to live with, this would be it. Despite its size, it is quite athletic and holds its own against many sports cars during spirited driving sessions. If you’re looking for comfort, the Panamera spoils its passengers. This model seems to be loaded and includes full leather and heated/cooled seats. Let's not forget that the previous-generation Panamera GTS, like this one here, was the last to be equipped with a naturally aspirated V8. And finally, it’s offered at 45% of its original sticker price of $128,400! Be sure to review its maintenance history and have it checked out by a Porsche specialist. – Vu Nguyen, Executive Director, Porsche Club of America

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