Weymouth, UK @joewilliams85
912 Model 1967 Year April 2017 Acquired
After a couple of weeks away in the sun, leaving a fairly mild and warm England behind, we came back to fullblown winter. It has been freezing cold, wet and windy but, with the 912 tucked up in the garage, my thoughts have turned to what I might want to get into next.
The dream would be to spec a brand-new GT3 – I know it’s a common theme, but I think I’m actually in a minority when it comes to the reasons for wanting one. I want to drive it – and not just occasionally. I want it as a daily drive. Think Clubsport, buckets, manual, ceramics – in other words driver spec, not garage spec!
But here comes the problem: ‘the
List’. I’m talking about the elusive cut you have to make to even be considered for a new GT allocation. The strings you have to pull, the favours you have to call in and even the brown envelopes you have to carefully hand over as if you’re in some sort of back-door deal. I understand that where there is massive demand and desirability there will always be greed – that’s just life – but it always feels like a bitter pill to swallow when someone simply has a bigger cheque book. I hope there is a better system to come and I really hope they find their way to people that really carry a passion for what Porsche is all about.
What’s the second-best option? Recent conversations have led me to believe that you’re actually better off turning your back on the magical list and searching out an almost-new car; even paying a premium could actually work out cheaper. Most OPCS grade you on spend, so you need to have a stable of diesel Cayenne, Panamera Turbo, maybe a pink Boxster and whatever else the sales team haven’t been able to shift. After all of this and your funny handshake you can be seriously out of pocket only to still be told you might make the second production run!
So the next big question: is the wind about to turn? Speaking to a few trusted advisors in the trade, most GT cars are back to trading at list price. The speculators want out and they’ve got cold feet; dealers are getting scared and running for the hills. Could the days of walking into your local dealer and asking to order a GT car without being laughed at be on the horizon? I really hope the tables turn and dealerships go back to valuing GT customers. It would put more GT cars on the road, which would filter down to making them more accessible to all. Porsche is a brand built on enthusiasts… let’s hope they find a way to reflect on their roots and give back to people that will be looking after the brand for generations to come.