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My 911 Story

My Porsche story goes back to 1972 when my Dad was shopping for a new family car. We visited the Volkswagen showroom where I got my first up-close look at a Porsche, the 914. I thought that car was very cool but despite my urgings, Dad bought a VW 412 station wagon. At least it had a Porsche engine.

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Since then, I've coveted the Porsche marque with my tastes leaning towards the 911, especially the Turbo and cabriolet models.

Fast forward 28 years when I have the means and motivation to buy a sports car. I had a lot of trouble finding just the right Porsche. I guess I'm a bit picky. I looked at several but either found them over-priced or under-serviced. So, when I found an mint condition 1990 Alfa Romeo Spider convertible, I bought it instead. A great fun car even if it's not Porsche.

A great fun car. Very reliable and you can get a set of golf clubs in the trunk.

I was pretty happy with the Alfa and invested $4,000 that summer getting the car just right. New stainless steel exhaust, tires, suspension work and many adjustments and tinkering with the timing.

I intended on keeping the Alfa for a long time but in April of 2001, I was flipping through the Globe and Mail over my morning coffee and what do you know there's a 1988 Porsche 911 cabriolet advertised. After a few phone calls and emails, I'm convinced this is the right car. Two days later, I flew to Montreal where I had the car inspected.

A quick stop at the bank for a certified cheque, a visit to Le ministère des Transports du Québec for a temporary permit and I was on my way down the 401 for the most enjoyable 4.5 hour drive of my life.

A new mistress. Faster, meaner and fits the kids in the back.

As for the Alfa, I sold it in 3 days at only a slight loss. It was in superb shape with only 48,000kms. The buyer left with a gigantic smile on his face. It was a great car and someday I will own another one.

    Parts I need for my 911 to make it perfect:

  • Interior door tops and door panels (black)
  • New cigarette lighter
  • New rear tail-light assemblies and lenses

If you have any of this stuff, let me know. Meanwhile, check out the great photos from the Toronto Beer, Wings and Flat Sixes Night.