Life in cars

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“I bought a 1970 De To­maso Pan­tera. That was a poster car for me”

I re­mem­ber go­ing to a Porsche and Fer­rari dealer that had a 996 Turbo and a 360 Mo­dena parked in the garage in the back, and I was try­ing to de­cide which one to get. I went for the Fer­rari. Black on black, F1 gear­box, really nice car. I had the Fer­rari for like a week or two, maybe two weeks, and I went back and I bought the Porsche as well.

With the Fer­rari I did all the fac­tory up­dates that came out through­out that car’s life; with the Porsche I had Gem­balla come over to my place and re­fash it to take it to 485bhp, then I put a set of TechArt wheels on it.

Even­tu­ally I sold the Fer­rari be­cause the deal­ers just made me so mad. I traded the 996 Turbo for a 2010 GT3, but I hated it be­cause all the power was so high in the rev range, so I got a 2012 Turbo S. Then there’s my 2011 GT2 RS, that thing scares me, but it’s a keeper...

Then I started to look at the older ones, so I bought an ’88 Car­rera orig­i­nally reg­is­tered in Bos­ton where I’m from. That’s a keeper; I’ll have that car for­ever. Then I found an ’87 930, black over cash­mere, with 8,000 miles on it, four-speed. So I bought that, took the mo­tor out, re­sealed it, drove it for a while and then de­cided I wanted a lit­tle more power, so I put a K27 Turbo in it and a big­ger in­ter­cooler.

Then I bought an ’84 fac­tory slant-nose Turbo. They didn’t ac­tu­ally make the slant-nose un­til ’86, this was the one-of fac­tory pro­to­type they took around Amer­ica to gen­er­ate or­ders – it only had 940 miles on it. I put an­other 40 on it get­ting it home... fat-out all the way, but I knew it was the only time I’d ever drive it be­cause you can’t break 1,000 miles on that car. It’s an in­vest­ment.

Then I bought an RS Amer­ica, a ’94, so that’s my frst 964, which I didn’t like at all, so I asked a friend of mine to sell it. This guy comes into the deal­er­ship who has a 2012 Car­rera 4 GTS, sil­ver on black, man­ual, which is a rare car. He ofers to give me it plus $13,000, and he’ll take my RS Amer­ica. I was like, “All day long.” I might put that SharkWerks X-Pipe on the back and delete the cen­tre rear one just to get a lit­tle more noise out of it, but I don’t know if you need it. Oh, then I bought the Fo­cus RS.

What’s next? I don’t know, I’m try­ing to be re­served, I like the AMG GT R, that’s cool, I could maybe play with one of those. I do like that car that Har­ris has been driv­ing, too, the S63 coupe. Just don’t tell him I said that.

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