Originally Posted by Birks and Grey Socks
But I do ask, would you all feel the same about your Tom Ford Ties, and Brioni suits if all of a sudden they became so popular that you saw one on every street corner.
If the quality were the same, I wouldn't mind a bit. From what I've seen, the most common result would be some pretty badly-worn nice suits and ties, rather than everyone suddenly looking great.
Originally Posted by medtech_expat
IIRC, wasn't the 993 the last gen of the air-cooled and the 996 the first gen of the water-cooled? The 996 turned off quite a few purists, and its performance overall (non-turbo, non-GT3) would not compare favorably with a boxter or cayman today. I think these are the primary factors resulting in low market pricing more than anything.
Thge 993 wouldn't compare favorably in terms of performance to new Porsches either - it's the nature of the game. The 996 is pretty much ahead of the 993, performance-wise and safety-wise. The average person's reason for valuing the 993 more is simple supply and demand, and a bit of brainwashing on the Porsche forums. The chief factors hurting its resale with longtime enthusiasts are:
1) It's built much more cheaply as far as interior quality. The 993 was built to a standard, the 996 to a price-point. Constant and universal criticism finally corrected the issue with the 997/987.
2) The 996 body style was/is seen as too conservative because it lacks fender flares, which is funny to me; the design was meant to resemble the original
911's arrow-like sleek shape, but group consciousness pretty much sees the 80s cars as the "real" 911 shape now.
3) The 996 has a rep for unreliability/high maintenance, perhaps unfairly, due to the IMS/RMS issue. Regardless of whether or not the problem is prevalent, Porsche's refusal to fix the flawed design for over a decade cost them a lot of credibility. However, historically half the 911s made have some sort of expensive issue that makes them undesirable - the 1974-1977 US cars, the 964(1989-1993), now the 996. This is just the first time the company has cynically decided to keep making flawed cars to save a few bucks, knowing that many wouldn't act up until after the warranty period was over. Common practice for car companies, but people expected better of Porsche. People that want that sort of treatment buy Ferraris.