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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: After 6 years without a Porsche... Reply with quote

I thought I'd introduce myself as I have been lurking on here for a few months whilst looking into buying a 996. On Saturday, after over 6 years away from the Porsche fold, I will be collecting a 996 from a well known forum member.

I have previously owned a few Porsches, including a (ropey) 1986 928 S4 (when I was 27, it was my first Porsche and I was far too excited to bother with a PPI) then a mint 1994 968 Sport, whilst I persuaded my girlfriend (now wife) to buy a 1984 924 and then a 1986 924S. We then had our first daughter and so I sold the 968 and was Porsche-less for 4 years but had a few other nice cars along the way - a 2004 Clio V6, 2001 VX220, 2003 VX220 turbo, 1998 E55 AMG (and an Audi A2!).

In April 2006, I bought my pride and joy - a LHD non-sunroof 1992 Zermatt Silver 964 3.3 Turbo (one of only 2 1992 Zermatt Silver 964 turbos in the World that I am aware of).

I also briefly owned another LHD 964 turbo which I bought from a friend and sold again to a guy in Sweden.

I enclose a great shot of them both (probably worth well over £200k now!)

In 2009, I left my corporate job and bought a franchise, providing care at home for elderly people, down in Cornwall and moved from West Oxfordshire to just outside Truro. In order to fund the business, in 2010 I made the decision to sell the Zermatt 964 turbo and it was bought by a psychiatrist from Rome - he paid £27.5k for it! It now lives in an underground car park in Monaco, next to his 2 other Porsches and is very rarely used...

Anyway, this is a great forum and I look forward to picking your collective brains over the coming months and hopefully years.

I will return with pictures of my new acquisition and some questions no doubt!

Cheers,

Tim. Thumb
 



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jerzybondov
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stories... what were the 964 turbos like to drive?

Looking forward to pics of the 996 when you get it!
 
  
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stewhp
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Tim,

Love the 964 turbo's.

I have had a similar Porsche history and was 8 years without a Porsche after selling my 964 3.6 Turbo in 2008 for £38.5k and only 34k on the clock. I shudder to think how much it would be worth now. But hey ho life goes on.

Enjoy your car when you get it.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back to 911 ownership Tim.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Tim.

I recognise your 964s from P'heads a few years ago. I'm another ex owner who had to go without for a while.
The 996s are still great 911s and a nice early C2 isn't a million miles away from the 964. A bit more refined and watered down (no pun intended) but they still feel very much alive in steering feel etc. Quicker though and better sounding at full revs with an air filter on.

I sold my 964 to buy my mate Paul's GT3. Both gone now.



 
  
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HSC911
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pure car porn Mr. Green
 
  
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911TEL
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2011 Porsche 997 Turbo S

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The best looking air cooled 911 in my opinion ....

These are all beautiful...

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always preferred the 930/964 to the 993 shape. Im on the fence with 996,(i think the front end does look very aggressive in c4s/turbo form but its obviously a massive styling change which 997/991 have kind of gone back to the roots almost.
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the welcome guys, getting excited. Only 1 more sleep!

Jerzy - Not the fastest thing around the twisties but bloody quick in a straight line and it sounded fantastic - mine had around 370bhp, courtesy of a hybrid turbo, B&B full system and Tial wastegate (plus a top end rebuild).

stewhp - God, that must be the best part of £200k now! Great thing hindsight...

Mark - Yes I spent far too much time on Pistonheads and especially Rennlist. I remember your car too - looked lovely, as did the GT3.

I still think the 964 turbo with Speedlines is one of the sexiest cars ever made, especially the turbo S Leichtbau. When I bought mine in April 2006 from Gmund cars, Nick Faldo's old turbo s was being readied to go off to its new owner in Hong Kong - he paid £55k for it! Surprised

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g911omr
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sold my 3.3 a couple of months ago. They are great looking and sounding cars. Proper build quality as well. I'd like to replace it with a nice 3.4 C2 if I could find one.
If it consoles you any, the 3.3 is not worth anything like £200k.
Low miles perfect 3.6 maybe. Smile
 
  
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996lee
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice car history buddy Thumb
Look forward to seeing the pics of the new one
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

g911omr wrote:
I sold my 3.3 a couple of months ago. They are great looking and sounding cars. Proper build quality as well. I'd like to replace it with a nice 3.4 C2 if I could find one.
If it consoles you any, the 3.3 is not worth anything like £200k.
Low miles perfect 3.6 maybe. Smile


They are great cars - not many really good 996s around, even so called good ones need shed loads spending on them. My new one is a C4 - would have preferred a C2, but it is a really lovely car that meets all my other criteria - low mileage, all the major work done, rare colour, cup kit, etc.

BTW £200k was for the two 3.3's I had at one point, which I sold for £52.5k in total...
 
  
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g911omr
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah. I stand corrected....
I think I know the car you are referring to.
It is indeed a nice car and very well cared for and maintained. Cracking colour as well. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Smile
 
  
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g911omr wrote:
Ah. I stand corrected....
I think I know the car you are referring to.
It is indeed a nice car and very well cared for and maintained. Cracking colour as well. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Smile


I'm sure I will! Very Happy
 
  
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

996lee wrote:
Nice car history buddy Thumb
Look forward to seeing the pics of the new one


Thank you - I like your car very much! Cool
 
  
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I can now reveal that I have bought Chief's (of Red Baron fame) beautiful Zanibar red 996 C4 with full aero kit.

Chief is a lovely guy and I had a fantastic morning yesterday talking to him about the car, life and all things Porsche. I also met his lovely wife Gill and had the privilege of seeing his 914 "Project Blue Book", which looks fantastic.

I must also a huge thanks to PeterS and his wife Justine whose lovely guest house I had the pleasure of staying at on Friday night. My flight was delayed and he very kindly stayed up until 11:30 pm to welcome me. On Saturday morning, whilst awaiting Chief and Zanzibar's arrival he also very kindly showed me his lovely 964 C2 in Gulf Blue, his 2003 996 C2 cab. and his recently acquired 13k mile Triumph Stag GT6.

I drove the 300+miles from Solihull to Truro yesterday afternoon and although I was knackered afterwards, the whole experience was fantastic. It was one of the days I will remember for a very long time. My wife, mother and daughter all commented what a lovely car!

I got up early this morning to bright Sunshine and so decided to go for an early morning drive down to the picturesque Cornish village of Coverack, where I parked Zanzibar. I then sat down to a full English in a lovely converted lifeboat house overlooking an azure blue sea.

I enclose a few pictures. Living the Porsche dream! Cloud 9
 



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gorgeous!! i love my 996
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Chief
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well you took your time letting everyone know!
I've been busting to tell everyone my pride and joy is going to live by the seaside Razz
I am so pleased you love the car Tim and it was indeed great to meet you and spend a lazy morning talking all things Porsche....
I will truly miss that very, very rare car. But as Gill says, it couldn't have gone to a nicer home.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I hope you have many happy years with the car named Zanzibar!!!! Bandit
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Fastlane
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chief wrote:
Well you took your time letting everyone know!
I've been busting to tell everyone my pride and joy is going to live by the seaside Razz
I am so pleased you love the car Tim and it was indeed great to meet you and spend a lazy morning talking all things Porsche....
I will truly miss that very, very rare car. But as Gill says, it couldn't have gone to a nicer home.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I hope you have many happy years with the car named Zanzibar!!!! Bandit


I know, I was waiting a photo op! Embarassed

I absolutely love the car - it is now tucked up safely in my own garage after an afternoon spent re-organising it so I could fit it in. My eldest daughter has just got back from walking 30 miles across Dartmoor for Ten Tors and has said she is going to miss the bus every day just so I can drive her to school!Floor She has very good taste.

Thank you so much again, I look forward to seeing progress on Project Blue Book. worship

Cheers,

Tim.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats lovely looking car.

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