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Anyone got any thoughts on the new anniversary Porsche 911-50?

I REALLY like that car. Basically a 2wd Carrera S with a wide body, special retro wheels, gages, houndstooth seats, trim items, power kit engine (430hp), and a couple of special colors.

I owned a 1967 911 back in 1973 and I loved it.

Other than stupid money, this is a car a man could actually drive on a semi-daily driver basis. Oh, and it's still available with three pedals in the floor. (Don't start with the PDK tranny being better......I already know, and I don't care)

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Randy I've been auditing the Porsche/BMW/Mercedes dealership here in town, and they had an anniversary 911 on the showroom. It looked nice, but I didn't think it distinguished itself much from the other models. In fact, I didn't even know it was a special edition car until I got up close and saw some of the trim items. I was actually more impressed with the GT3 and Turbo they also had on the floor.

Its cool it still comes with the manual tranny though. I'm with you, I DON'T care if the automatic shifts faster....I want to shift for myself!

BTW they had some interesting used cars there also. Including a pair of Carrera GTs, an Audi R8, and a Jaguar XJ220. The owner also had his car there sitting in the garage.....an original 427 Cobra.
 

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One thought Randy...electro-shift weenies drive Brutales.
 

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Dahamn...I HOPE Cindy doesn't see THIS post!!!
 

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Randy.
Buy Jackie's Vantage back........
You can thank me later.
 

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I find most anniversary type of runs to be overpriced for what you get. It was the same story with that special blue version of the 996 back in 2004. Did not end up holding its value well.
The issue with this car is that is it has a regular 911 block and any of the extra money goes to bling.
The moment you drive it off the lot, you have lost 50K on that car.

If you want to do yourself (and your bank account) a favor, buy a 996 series with a GT1 engine block. Those engines are handmade and indestructible. The 996 GT3 has cult status and you can pick up a clean car for 60K, drive the wheels off of it and sell it for the same price. Other cars which have this engine are : 996 GT2, 996 Turbo, 997.1 GT3 and Turbo. Most of these cars come as 6 speeds and trigger a lot of driver engagement.

Oh, and then there's the real 1999 GT1 car of course. Latest pricing I've seen on a clean used one was around 1 mio.
 

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GT1 engine undergoing open heart surgery in my garage in...Georgia. Good times !
Bottom picture shows the ultimate go fast goody : a zero clearance hybrid turbo. Makes the car go like a raped ape.
 

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Randy I've been auditing the Porsche/BMW/Mercedes dealership here in town, and they had an anniversary 911 on the showroom. It looked nice, but I didn't think it distinguished itself much from the other models. In fact, I didn't even know it was a special edition car until I got up close and saw some of the trim items. I was actually more impressed with the GT3 and Turbo they also had on the floor.
Mike, I'm not into massive wings, scoops, flares, etc. I don't need to corner at 1g or accelerate to 60mph in 3.something..... I like the subtle nature of this car right down to the old school logo on the tail. The fact that you didn't even know it was a special edition is almost the point to me.
 

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Randy.
Buy Jackie's Vantage back........
You can thank me later.
I can do that for half the price of the Porsche........($70something versus $140 plus) :ahhh:
 

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So grab a V8 Vantage S for Jackie and a Tambo for yourself and tell me you're not a happy man.
And you'll have change left over.
For Maddie's first horse.

Just thinking out loud, my friend.
 

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So grab a V8 Vantage S for Jackie and a Tambo for yourself and tell me you're not a happy man.
And you'll have change left over.
For Maddie's first horse.

Just thinking out loud, my friend.
We already own Maddie's first horse, and Dave, you've been to Bubbaville.....you just can't drive an Aston Martin as a daily driver here.....people be calling it an Austin Healey. :naughty:
 

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Anyone got any thoughts on the new anniversary Porsche 911-50?
How many are they making in total, or is it not a limited production? If limited, how many are they shipping to the US?

If it's not a limited edition, I'd be hesitant unless I was just planning to get a 911 anyway. I have a "Limited Edition Anniversary" car of another brand that is limited to 1000 production, but that ended up being about 9% of their total production for the US, so it's not highly exclusive.

As Past President of the Porsche Club of America region in my area, I've owned 911s for 25 years, still have one, and have always preferred the rear-drive models to the AWD. Having driven a ton of Porsches and participated in one of the 'traveling' Porsche Driving Experience Programs in the 90's, I'm highly biased in stating that nothing drives like a RWD 911. Particularly the early models that weighed 2100-2400 lbs.

There were two "technical advancements" made to 911s that did not set well with purists. In 1990, they replaced torsion bars with coils, and in 1998 they brought in the water cooled engine. I've had one water cooled RWD 911, and while it is still a great car, I don't prefer it to the early cars. A RWD 911 purchase, though, is one from the heart not the head.
 

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It's probably no good in the snow. I wouldn't get it.
Actually, with 60-64% of the car's weight behind the rear wheels, the RWD 911 actually can get good traction in the snow. And the AWD model would do even better.
 

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Kevin, they're building 1963 total anniversary cars in honor of the first year of production. US percentage? I don't know.

My daughter works for PCNA (Porsche Cars North America) and I can buy one at cost. I recognize that it's not likely to be a good financial investment like most, if not all, high dollar drivers.

I just paid $42K for a 22k mile S550 that listed for $118K when new in 2009. Yes, it's four years old, but for the money, it's a screaming deal.
 

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It's probably no good in the snow. I wouldn't get it.
That was tongue in cheek Kevin. Carl and I had been talking earlier about our snow storm and how southern drivers be crazy in the snow.

I've got a 4wd Chevy pickup and a AWD Honda Element if I need to be crazy.
 

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They sold 8528 911s in the US in 2012 (32.5% of the worldwide total), so if they bring 32.5% of the anniversary models to the US, you're looking at about 639 of them in the US. You won't see one every day.

I dunno Randy. A $125,000 Porsche 911 that weighs 3100 lb. that they made 1963 examples. If I had to buy a $125,000 car today, it'd likely be in the top five of my choices, but I'm really into lightweight cars, so I'd be hard pressed to buy one.

I really want another 2500 lb. car that you don't see every day, handles like a go cart, and gives me grins. There just aren't many of those out there, particularly of the new cars.
 

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That was tongue in cheek Kevin. Carl and I had been talking earlier about our snow storm and how southern drivers be crazy in the snow.
I figured as much. Nashville area drivers are among those who are incompetent in the snow. Fortunately, this snow storm passed south of us. I've been through the 4 hour, 13 mile commute in the snow - no fun.

During the last snow storm like that here, I booked a room in the hotel across the street from my office early that morning, and then walked over there after work and spent the night.
 
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