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Old 12-21-2018, 10:23 PM
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Go drive a nice sorted G series 911. Complete different animal from your Vette.
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:30 PM
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Ed,

Each and every generation of air-cooled 911 is different and I'd strongly recommend doing your due diligence and driving each model to see which one you like.

My best advice is to:

1) Get the best example of the car you like, even if you have to spend more up front. Its FAR FAR cheaper than doing any fixer-upper.

2) Get a Pre-purchase inspection by a qualified, experienced, and reputable shop before agreeing to buy anything. This can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Good luck!!!!
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Old 12-21-2018, 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Steve Weiner-Rennsport Systems View Post
Ed,

Each and every generation of air-cooled 911 is different and I'd strongly recommend doing your due diligence and driving each model to see which one you like.

My best advice is to:

1) Get the best example of the car you like, even if you have to spend more up front. Its FAR FAR cheaper than doing any fixer-upper.

2) Get a Pre-purchase inspection by a qualified, experienced, and reputable shop before agreeing to buy anything. This can save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Good luck!!!!
+1000!
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:10 AM
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Totally agree I will go with the best air cooled I can afford won't be a restoration or project as I did that with the Mustang and 73 Vette. I want something I can just get in and drive and maybe add my own personal touches. Unfortunately with the prices I think the 930s may be a bit too high.
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Old 12-22-2018, 12:22 AM
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I have a 63 and a 68 vette. You will see how much of a better driver the 911 is over the vette and much more practical. You will find yourself using the 911 more then you did with the vette.
With that being said, you will find the 911 much less powerful. Therefore i sugguest you look for a 930 or 964 turbo. They will give you the push back in the seat that you are accustomed to and you can carry the kids in the back seats as a bonus.
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:22 AM
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Not too concerned about being tossed back in the seat, one of the reasons thinking about making the switch is that I was involved in a pretty good car accident in 2016 where I hurt my back I'm fine now but also looking for something a bit more comfy also.
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:55 PM
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I decided to put the Vette up for sale, going to put it up for a good number and if I do not get what I want for it I will keep it, but if I get what I’m asking I’ll be taking my time and shop for the best 911 that I can afford, let the fun begin.
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:32 PM
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Crash,
The old steam driven 911 is not a super car, not a Vette or a Mustang, BUT some thing special. Not a VW GT, but someting unbelievable. I have never owned or driven US muscle cars, but a few 500 SLs and E Types. A 911, in any shape, is something else. The build quility, the noise, the *** about face engine arrangement is a life changing experience.
Live a little and go for it.
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Old 12-24-2018, 05:09 PM
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Thanks for the advice I've put the Vette up for sale and if I get what I want than I'm going shopping for a 911, I'll take my time and buy what's best for me.
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by wareaglescott View Post
I mean I don't want to state the obvious but if you get rid of the wife and her car it seems like it would be problem solved! hahaha

Seriously though maybe I can add to the discussion. I have a high horsepower loud as hell Cobra that I built. A total blast to drive. I also have a 2018 C2S that I completely love. Only problem with both those cars is they are to fast to really get full use (really not anywhere close to fuil performance) out of on regular streets without driving like a complete irresponsible moron. Not sure how you drive your Vette but for me I have a great time in the Cobra going from a stop to speed limit +10 in a blaze of speed and sound but that takes all of about a few seconds and I spend the rest of the time cursing around well within the performance limits of the car.
Early this year I decided I wanted to add an air cooled 911 to the garage. It is quite a different driving experience it. Sure it is slower, in fact very slow compared to the other two fun cars but it is so engaging to drive. You can actually exercise the car through gears 1-4 without the danger of killing somebody or going to jail. I just love driving it around. Hard to explain but there is just something really enjoyable about it. Now I am fortunate to be able to keep the loud fast car also so I did not have to evaluate getting rid of one to get the other.
My suggestion is to drive some and see what you think. My Uncle is a big car nut and tells me sports cars are like shirts. You get tired of wearing the same one every day. Maybe you are ready for a change and to experience something different.
+1. A little over a year ago I purchased a 2018 Audi S8+, rated at 605 HP, and it's nearly impossible to be at WOT for more than a second or two, and that's on a straight road. In fact, I was close to moving on from my 1985 911 when I bought the S8, but I came to realize that I like 200 HP at high rpm in whatever gear I choose a hell of a lot better than a rocket sled. Mike
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mk85911 View Post
but I came to realize that I like 240 HP at high rpm in whatever gear I choose a hell of a lot better than a rocket sled.
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I believe this sums up my feels pretty well. (Slight adjustment to the hp)
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Old 12-28-2018, 06:40 PM
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I have had many 911s, and currently have a 71 C3 Vette and a 2016 C7 Z51. Just sold a '70S, and am shopping an '84 3.2. Keeping my 78 SC track car.

IMHO, a really well maintained, "driver" quality 3.0 SC or 3.2 Carrara coupe will give you a great car... the are fun to drive, very reliable, and will be a solid investment. These cars are as close to an actual racecar that you can street drive. Forget about heat, A/C, conveniences, luxury appointments, etc, but if you just want a pure driving experience they are great. Also, right now cabriolet versions of these cars are selling cheap... Porsche buyers really pay a premium for coupes, so if you are looking for a long-term investment play, a cab may be interesting.

For mid $30K there are alot of decent drivers around. Really low mile cars can sell for big $$$, but IMHO, this is a waste of money. A well maintained SC/Carrara can do 150K and not miss a beat.
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by JCP911S View Post
I have had many 911s, and currently have a 71 C3 Vette and a 2016 C7 Z51. Just sold a '70S, and am shopping an '84 3.2. Keeping my 78 SC track car.

IMHO, a really well maintained, "driver" quality 3.0 SC or 3.2 Carrara coupe will give you a great car... the are fun to drive, very reliable, and will be a solid investment. These cars are as close to an actual racecar that you can street drive. Forget about heat, A/C, conveniences, luxury appointments, etc, but if you just want a pure driving experience they are great. Also, right now cabriolet versions of these cars are selling cheap... Porsche buyers really pay a premium for coupes, so if you are looking for a long-term investment play, a cab may be interesting.

For mid $30K there are alot of decent drivers around. Really low mile cars can sell for big $$$, but IMHO, this is a waste of money. A well maintained SC/Carrara can do 150K and not miss a beat.
Amen to the above. As the owner of a now extremely well sorted 84 3.2 and a brand new Carrera T I can honestly say that the 84 3.2 thrills like few cars ever have. The first year 3.2 was stripped to the bone and is the lightest of the breed. I guess my point is that with all the power and speed of the new car, it's still the old car that leaves the longest lasting impression. Hope that helps a bit relative to the OP.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by shing911500e View Post
........ it's still the old car that leaves the longest lasting impression
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I appreciate you putting into words something that will resonate with me for a long while.
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Old 12-28-2018, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by AG81
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I appreciate you putting into words something that will resonate with me for a long while.
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