I have just arrived back in the States after a brief but exciting visit to Germany. Buying a car there, and having it shipped here, has always been one of those things I wanted to try. I was in Stuttgart for the opening of the Porsche museum. I figured that if I wanted a Porsche, and was willing to pay the price for it, I should see the cars in their native environment and surrounded by the engineers who build, what I believe, is the finest motorcar in the world.
I got my first taste of Porsche in Florida a couple of years ago. Visiting South Beach, and wanting to score big with the ladies, I rented a Porsche Carrera 911 4S. Yes, I am talking 385hp, 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. I had no problems with the ride and the matter of second importance was handled beyond my wildest dreams. The problem arises then about how one can go from renting to owning. These cars are not cheap, but then neither am I.
When my company offered me the opportunity to handle some business in Germany, I knew that was the opportunity I was waiting for. Wendelin Wiedeking is a nice guy. And he has his car company together. Now I happen to know the car he says is his personal favorite and mine is soon to be delivered. Car demand in Germany dropped by 2 per cent to 3.1million vehicles last year, the lowest in Europe’s largest car market in 20 years. I repeat, now may be the best time to buy.
And just in case you’re wondering, I ordered a 911 GT2. 530hp, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, and top speed of 204mph. It will cost me a year’s pay, but then, as they say, who’s counting. If you ready to consider such a car, drive one first for at least a few week-end (you’ll have to rent, the dealers won’t let them out that long). Maybe your boss will send you to Germany. Of course you could just buy one here, but anyone can do that.
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