Porsche 911 Turbo – from moneypit to goldmine

By Steve Sutcliffe
Nov 25 2016, 11:16 am
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Porsche 911 Turbo – from moneypit to goldmine

I once bought a Porsche 911 Turbo in Germany. It was left hand drive but had the most beautiful ‘Ferrari Yellow’ paint scheme, a bit like the new 911 Turbo I drove recently (main pic). That old one cost me an absolute fortune in the end.

When I finally got rid of it for £7500 less than I’d bought it for 10 months earlier, and having spent over 10 grand on it in the meantime, I never wanted to see the thing ever again!

It was the much criticised 3.6 Turbo model, the last of the rear wheel drive Turbos apart from the GT2 RS, and the trouble it would go on to provide me with as the weeks and months went by started pretty much the moment I got it back to the UK – because on day two it failed its MOT due to emissions.

For the next few months it then ran just fine and was, I have to admit, a wild but rather wonderful car to climb in to and drive every day.

But then one night on the M11 it did its best to set both itself, and me, on fire. And approximately £5000 later, with a new turbo in situ, it was back on the road again. Until I lent it to someone I shouldn’t have, who took the sump off it on his drive. And then drove it until it would go no more.

Another bill of thousands followed, and then when I decided to sell it no-one wanted it. So I took another hit of thousands due to depreciation. They are worth a fortune now, of course, but I didn’t know that at the time. Back then, when I finally got rid of it for £7500 less than I’d bought it for 10 months earlier, and having spent over 10 grand on it in the meantime, I never wanted to see the thing ever again.

And as for the latest 911 Turbo, it is very possibly the best all round supercar money can buy. And I’d have one like a shot if I could afford it. Which, of course, I can’t. And never could.

PS. The museum car pictured below is a similar Turbo S – just for reference!

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