Personal Testament: Is it worth the wait?
Written by Paolo Manalo
I am a man of taste. I am man that believes in having both style and substance. But I’m not a man that likes to settle. I always think to myself, "What’s my first car gonna be?" To many, this is an irrelevant question but to enthusiasts like me, I care.
I don’t just care about looks and presentation value, I care about satisfaction and long-term value. The Porsche does just that. It may be over 30 years old by the time I reach 25, but I think this is still one of the most beautiful cars ever made.
Say whatever you want about it. Engine in the wrong place, an overpriced Beetle, whatever. I still want one. Sure, the Porsche evolved from the VW Beetle but it is not one. The concept is the same (rear-engine, rear drive), but the cars are different. Porsche’s are made for performance, not just going A to B like the Beetle.
I have considered many carsto be my first such as the Lexus IS250 and the E39 ///M5, which I’ve had a hard-on for since time. When this came into mind, I thought to myself all the qualities that I wanted in a first car. It did just that.
The Carrera 3.2 has the following qualities that I look for:
- Decent Gas Mileage
- A Sweet Engine Note (Air-Cooled! Hello!)
- Killer Supermodel Looks
- Racecar Reliability and Dependability
I daydream about this car a lot. Unlike the E39 ///M5 (which is nice in its own regard), this car I think will give me better satisfaction not just as an enthusiast, but as a human being. If I could find one in grey like above, that would be sweet.
Considering that older 911’s are increasing in value, it will only get harder to save up for one. A decent Carrera 3.2 will probably run for a good $25,000 at least. And it’s climbing.
Like I said before, I’m not a man that settles. I will figure out a way a way to have a Porsche as a first car. I’m not settling for a Honda, Toyota, Subaru, or even a BMW. They’re too mainstream.
Wish me luck.
Do you think it’s worth the wait?