I have a buddy who’s been into Porsche’s his whole life. Driven/raced 356, 911, 906, 908’s all over the south, first in what ISMA used to be, then SVRA once the cars got old.
He can tell stories all day about $300-$500 Speedsters, Convertible Ds, Carreras, Coupes, etc. He even has a friend who auto-Xed a Spyder he paid $1500 for.
I think the replicar craze started in the 80’s when the cost of finding an original car and restoring it wasn’t economical, between the cost of labor and the (un)availablilty of parts, you’d have 2-3 times into it what it was worth.
Lots of things have changed since then, but the fact remains, finding a drivable Speedster, or one that can be restored into one is a $300/$500K prospect. So replicas still remains the sensible choice.
I have a buddy that just sold a 1961 Karmann coupe for $65K. If you’re in the market for a $65K, 6V car with 75hp, no heat, no ac and “compromised” reliability, knock yourself out, but Carey and Greg can build an awfully nice car for $65K.
Might I suggest finding someone with an original car and someone with a replica and going for a ride. IMO, other than the nostalgia, there’s no comparison between 75 year old Porsches and modern replicas.
Some will say resale value, but as the owner of a pristine low mileage 968 Cabriolet that I rarely drive for fear of it getting in an accident on nicked/dinged in a parking lot, there’s a lot to be said for owning a car that isn’t worth a king’s ransom