After studying the techniques and tricks to win at Powerball, we are pretty confident that we are going to win any day now. Everyone at the office has been chipping in to buy tickets, and we have a really official looking contract that we printed off of Legal Zoom which everyone involved signed in blood. Once the legalities were out of the way, we started planning how to spend that money. We not being greedy, but we expect the Powerball payout to net us a cool $5 million each.
Now some of the more philanthropic contributors at BDSC do plan to donate to charity, but we are human and can't help but focus on things like motorcycles, cars, houses, and expensive drones to fly over our noise ordinance violating parties. So we decided it would be a great idea to share with the readers how that money is going to be spent. Black Diamond Social Club is proud to announce its new series: Powerball Money. Each week some one from the office will contribute an article on what they plan to buy. This week we have:
The Porsche 911
Yes you can spend more on a car, but I argue that Porsche and the 911 provide the best bang for your buck. It's powerful, it's masculine, it's engineered by some of the best in the world, and it's timeless. Maybe I am thrifty, but I want to get my moneys worth. Being a car guy, I also want to feel like I can work on the car even if I choose not to. Now of course there are warranties to consider, but the 911 is a working mans car. With a manual and tools you can still do some basic things on the 911, despite the modern electronics, things that make you connected to the car. Car guys understand that feeling, the pride and accomplishment knowing the blood from a busted knuckle ran over the bolts that hold the machine together, like a ritual. It's a pact between you the driver, the car, and the road. That doesn't seem possible when I look at a Bentley, Ferrari, or Lamborghini. Those cars feel like the pea-cocking accessories of pretty boys, show pieces to be admired and stored. The 911 feels like it's meant to be driven. And hard.
I remember the first time I drove one. It was low, it rumbled, the gauges were laid out if front of me. There was not an item in the cockpit that didn't serve a function other than monitoring the beast and its systems. The ride lasted maybe 2 miles, but I was in love. It felt like a car that could whip me around the track on Saturday afternoon, and then quickly adapt into an impressive ride to carry me and a date on Saturday night. Here is a video look at the interior:
The 911 has evolved over the years, but the look is distinct. Look at a current model side by side a 50 year old example and you can sense they are born of the same bloodline and bones. Not many cars can say that. Automakers release new models that look eerily similar to their competition. That is why your brand new car looks dated within a few years. It was a current trend that was bound to go out of style. Porsche doesn't concern itself with trends. There is no need to reinvent the wheel and change a proven and tested package.
The biggest area of debate for Porsche 911 aficionados is the headlights; there was a radical (for Porsche) change in shape that occurred in the 996 models which were produced from 1997 to 2004. Referred to as the "fried egg" lights, these 996 models are a bargain compared to other iterations for those looking to get into the Porsche game. The brand listened to the purists and brought back the classic round style lights.
As for success, and purpose, Porsche's own website states:
More than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it one of the most successful sports cars in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: "The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theater or through New York City traffic."
For any sports car, performance is paramount. Porsche has repeatedly proven itself of the track. We have been mostly looking at the 911 GT3 model, a substantially upgraded and track ready car. You can get behind the wheel for under $100K, but this particular model starts at $143K. That's a downright bargain for the price compared to other brands. If you are numbers oriented, look at this spec chart:
Buy the GT3 or any of the other 911 models here. I am leaning towards buying the car in red.
And finally, a video of this fine German machine in action:
Comment below and tell me:
What car will be in your dream garage after winning Powerball?