As a self-proclaimed car nut, I have a number of cars. Even though this number is much smaller than I’d like (two, to be exact), I think both are worth at least a few words.
First of all, there’s my beloved 1993 Porsche 968, which I have since july 2010. As a Porsche enthusiast since as long as I can remember, my first car at age 19 was a 1983 (same build year as yours truly) Porsche 924. A car bought for a shady price from a shady man, that (the car, not the man) ended up wrapped around a tree only weeks after I bought it. I had learned my lesson.
The wreck of the 924 was traded in -for a whopping 450 euros, more than one third of what it had cost initially- on a 1984 Zermatt Silber 944. This particular car, I enjoyed for nearly six years.
Throughout those six years, I lost count how many times I nearly bought something else. A 924S, a newer 944, etc etc. I kept looking around but not buying. Until in the winter of 2009, when I seriously considered buying a late 944 Turbo S with all the nice bells and whistles. I had seen the car, but due to snow on the roads was not allowed to test drive it. When I called back a week or so later for an appointment to drive it, the car was already sold, unseen, to the founder of the Dutch 944 community.
The process of buying the 968 I currently have deserves a seperate blog post, so for now just saying that I bought it in Yokohama, will have to suffice.
With the 944, I covered a mere 2000 kilometer in a certain year, mostly because of the fact that exhaust fumes were getting into the cabin, as well as water. Not a very comfy ride. The 968 is so much different, as you can read here.
Recently I’ve treated the 968 to the thicker “M030″ specification anti-roll bars front and rear. Next upgrades will include new Koni yellow sport shocks and struts, and/or (probably and, if all goes as planned) the bigger, more powerful M030 brake calipers in the front.
Gallery of photos of my 2011 Mini Clubman.
If you can keep a secret: I’ve heard rumors both current cars can be seen on this blog’s header…