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This Is the Cheapest Porsche 911 on Autotrader

There are currently 4,652 different Porsche 911 models on Autotrader, representing all eras and price ranges — from a mint 993 Turbo S ($795,000) to a GT3RS 4.0 ($599,740) and a GT2RS ($489,000). And then there’s this 2003 911 Carrera Cabriolet, the single cheapest 911 on Autotrader.

Wondering how you become the cheapest Porsche on Autotrader? The first part’s easy: You have to be a member of the 911’s scorned 996 era, which included strangely shaped headlights that have turned off car enthusiasts for a generation. I personally think this whole thing is insane, because the 996 is an amazing car to drive, but I am not the arbiter of these things. I own a Nissan van that looks like a snail. See the 2003 Porsche 911 models for sale near you

So we knew the cheapest 911 on Autotrader would be a 996. The next necessary factor to create the cheapest 911: It needed to have high mileage. And this one scores big there, too, as it has 151,000 miles — not crazy for a 2003 vehicle but insane for a 911, a car usually that’s kept in the garage and only used sparingly, on weekends and the occasional night on the town.

And then there’s the history. Although this 911 had a fairly normal early life — its first owner was in Arizona, and then it moved to New Jersey — the fourth and final owner really did a number on it. This individual purchased the car on August 1, 2014, then crashed it 4 days later, on August 5. The following year, after owning the car for only a little over a year and driving it an amazing 29,000 miles, the fourth owner moved the car’s registration to Indiana but used a Los Angeles address. The car was repossessed 3 weeks later.

So here it is: a 911 from the scorned 996 era, with high mileage, four owners, an accident history and a repossession record. It’s currently offered by Capitol Motors in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for just $12,995. Out of 4,652 different 911s on Autotrader, this is the bottom of the barrel. And yet, I still think it would be fun to drive. Find a 2003 Porsche 911 for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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24 COMMENTS

  1. One of my old co-workers got a cheap Porsche from a dealership. 2 weeks after the warranty expired, the engine died. Had to be completely replaced and ensued a legal battle that lasted years.

  2. Friend just ditched hers with 120k.  Engine decide to make a milk shake out of the oil and coolent.  Dealer wants 29k to fix.  Instead she got 4k for it as a parts car.  Would not advise purchase.  Repairs will be needed and they will be insanely expensive.

  3. Too bad it is not closer. I would get a good shop to do a prepurchase inspection, and if it passed give it a go.  Even if it turned out to be a mechanical nightmare, I’d think you could part it out and make back your money.

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