Back in late 2002 I bought my first Porsche and it was a 993 Carrera 4S, however, my love for Porsches probably dates back to the early 70s when I first saw the wide body 911 Turbo in a book. Technically my first Porsche was a brown one of these made by Matchbox Cars. Loved that car even though I hated the colour.
Fast forward to 2011 when the Porsche dealer in Melbourne, Australia made an offer to buy my car as they needed one for the 50th anniversary of Porsche in Australia. By this time I was travelling full time and the car was basically in storage more time than not. I had the option to buy it back 12 months later. That coincided with my move to the US so I didn’t take it back. In hindsight it might have been a good investment as it seems to have enjoyed about 75% appreciation in value…
The money from the sale was put towards my second Porsche. A 2010 model 997 GT3. Coming from Australia, the price seemed great, even if most people thought I was insane because I was still travelling a lot and it was my only car. Not the most practical car.
Some of my most enjoyable days have been spent tinkering with cars so I thought about buying a project car. Too many people on the forums were buying old air-cooled Porsches and found myself thinking about the 993 again. That’s when a 96 Carrera came up for sale in Hawaii. I spend a few months a year in Hawaii so plans were hatched to buy the car, enjoy it for a while in Hawaii and then ship it to California and road trip back to Florida.
That’s sort of where I am at, as I write this. Hawaii isn’t the best place to own a sports car, however, it is still more fun than the usual rentals I get when I need to explore the island.
The car needs some work and I have some big plans for it once back to Florida. I just hope it makes it there without requiring major work beforehand.
As you can probably gather, I like to travel. I’ve actually been a nomad since May 2009 and have lived in numerous countries. For the last couple of years I have been US based and will finally get to do the road trip across the US that I have been wanting to do for a while. It won’t be straight and probably more like a M as I have a few places I want to visit, that don’t quite line up between California and Florida. Smart people would buy an RV, although they seem a bit boring to drive!
Below is the Carrera 4S from back in Australia. One of two iris blue 993 4S models imported into Australia according to a bit or research.