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What Porsches do you spe­cialise in?

Our pas­sion has al­ways been for early 356s and air-cooled 911s. We have had the priv­i­lege to buy and sell some ex­cep­tional ex­am­ples both in terms of rar­ity and unique char­ac­ter. Some of the “barn finds” we have bought and sold have been trea­sures, and let­ting go of them was some­times dif­fi­cult. We also have a soft spot for orig­i­nal­ity and his­tory in a car. In ad­di­tion, we have an affin­ity for the later, wa­ter-cooled 911 Car­reras and 911 Tur­bos with low miles and/or in in­ter­est­ing colours.

What other ser­vices do you pro­vide?

Our ser­vice depart­ment of­fers spe­cial­ist ex­per­tise in rare and Euro­pean makes, with friendly and knowl­edge­able ex­perts com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with the ex­pected level of ser­vice and qual­ity. We’re also well known as one of the premier au­to­mo­tive stor­age fa­cil­i­ties in the US: “The Vault” is our high se­cu­rity, cli­mate­con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment for mem­bers’ most trea­sured cars.

What’s your cheap­est, and most ex­pen­sive Porsche presently in stock?

The cheap­est we have in stock is a 1967 short-wheel­base Porsche 911 garage find “project”, for

What would you rec­om­mend as the best “first Porsche” to buy?

With re­gard to air-cooled Porsches, which are our pas­sion, I would say a 1987 to 1989 911 Car­rera 3.2 in coupe form. This has the im­proved, G50 trans­mis­sion, is very re­li­able, and there are still great ones out there.

Where do you get your stock from?

We pri­mar­ily pur­chase our cars from in­di­vid­u­als, col­lec­tors, other deal­ers, and clas­sic car “bro­kers” all across the US. We oc­ca­sion­ally buy cars from auc­tion, and we have also pur­chased some im­por­tant cars from other coun­tries.

What war­ranty do you give, or sell?

None

What’s ‘hot’ at the­mo­ment?

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo! Sorry, to keep it Porsche spe­cific, very early 356s, and any other ex­cel­lent low mileage per­fect con­di­tion Porsche. From our ex­pe­ri­ence, keen buy­ers and col­lec­tors look­ing for in­vest­ments de­sire the best of the best in this market, and will not con­sider cars be­low that stan­dard.

What’s best value at the mo­ment?

We have seen that early 930 Tur­bos, and also 993 Tur­bos and the Turbo S have un­der­gone a price cor­rec­tion af­ter a sig­nif­i­cant rises in value, but have now sta­bilised. These are in­cred­i­ble ma­chines, both beau­ti­ful to look at and to drive. And as the younger gen­er­a­tion of buy­ers be­gin to turn their at­ten­tion to build qual­ity, rar­ity and driv­ing plea­sure, I think we will see the market for these cars climb again.

Name a car that you re­cently sold, that you would hap­pily have kept for your­self

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S – My all-time favourite Porsche. Why? Drive one and you will know.

What car do you drive ev­ery day?

In Texas we drive pick-up trucks, it’s a thing! I have four Porsches in my col­lec­tion, but we have a warm and hu­mid cli­mate so in the sum­mer they are parked. Come fall, and spring, we have ex­cel­lent open roads to take them out for a jog!

What are your plans for the fu­ture?

To grow our dealership fur­ther and con­tinue estab­lish­ing a great rep­u­ta­tion and re­la­tion­ships. Ad­di­tion­ally, we are al­ways work­ing very hard to im­prove our stock and bring ex­cel­lent mo­tor cars to market.

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