OK, a cheap 911 Turbo is likely to have plenty of miles on it. But you would struggle to identify this car’s 110,000 miles from the photos. The paintwork still looks in decent condition and the wheels seem scuff-free.
The interior does let the side down slightly, although its tatty appearance could surely be rectified with a clean and some leather treatment.
There are nine stamps in the service history (four from Porsche, five from specialist Steve Bull), the clutch was replaced last year (a circa-£1K task) and buying a 996 with two fresh tyres will certainly save you an expense.
Of course you can’t run a 420hp Porsche that is now 12 years old on a shoestring; it will cost you £600 to change the front discs and pads at a specialist and the combined fuel consumption is less than 22mpg.
So there you have it; 19 grand for what is arguably the first modern 911 supercar, from a dealer, with a service history. Whatever next? A £17K V12 Ferrari you say?
Porsche 996 Turbo
Why you should: It's a lot of bang for your buck
Why you shouldn’t: Not the ideal car for motoring on a shoestring