I’m not rich. Not even close. But I did own a BMW 3 Series a few years ago. What happened is I read an article on MSN about why you should spend $18,000 on high end used car, rather than say a two year old used Chevy or something. Well, that’s exactly what I was going to do, so I changed my mind and bought a five year old 3 series with 40,000 miles on it for around $20,000 with tax and title.
40,000 miles later I was trading it in due to it falling apart. Well not so much falling apart, but needed several thousand dollars in repairs which I didn’t have. Not thinking ahead when I bought it, I soon realized BMW parts are much more expensive than a Chevy. I assumed it would be around 200,000 miles and paid off before anything major happened to it. So that’s when I started driving a Mazda 3. A very fun and affordable car in it’ own rights.
Which kind of leads me to Rob Dickinson, an auto designer trained in the 80’s, and former lead singer of Catherine Wheel. Anyone remember them? I think I owned one of their albums. But I digress, What Mr. Dickinson does is take old Porsche’s like the one above, and update them to today’s standards through his company Singer Vehicle Design, in L.A.
His clients must show up with a 1990-to-1994 911 Carrera 2, what Dickinson considers one of the last pure 911s. He then spends 4,000 man-hours updating almost everything. The already sporty engine gets an extra hundred horsepower, new interior, a new stereo is fitted and rewired to control a state-of-the-art audio system. And then he replaces the body with one made of carbon fiber, making it look it’s from the 1960s or 1970s.
So, if you have $350,000 to fix up an old Porsche, and you can get it to L.A., you will surely have one of the coolest and most unique cars around. And in lieu of all of that, you can always rent a Porsche from Hertz.