Porsche 911s weren’t really on my radar, because for some reason my brain was lumping them into the supercar category and I figured the only one I could afford would be too old to be practical for a daily driver. I do see various 911s around town in the winter, though. There’s a brown one with a ski rack, and a silver 996 in the garage where I park at work. I see it there even on the snowiest, most blizzardy days.
But,Test Drive ANNLimited is about keeping an open mind and always being ready for adventure, so I searched for 911s just to see. Much to my surprise, up pops a beautiful 996 Targa in a lovely metallic blue with a tan interior for $27k. Certainly, this must be considered. I’ll be honest, after driving the Corvette I was a little nervous about driving a 911. This was a rear engined car, after all. But I was assured “never lift” and I would be fine. So I called. The salesman said, “Oh, that blue one sold. We had a lot of interest in that. We’ve got some nice Boxsters, though. Would you like to drive a Boxster?” Maybe I would like to drive a Boxster, but I was sad about having my hopes of driving a 911 dashed. I say, “I don’t know. Maybe if I have time I’ll swing by.”
I ended up having plenty of time after driving the 135i, and the Porsche dealership was just up the street, so I stopped in to try my luck. I explained to the salesman that I had seen the Targa and was excited at the prospect that there were 911s in my price range, but I’d never driven one and wanted to try it to see if I should be on the lookout for a 911 that I could afford. The salesman said, “Sure. We’ve got this one here and then a Turbo over there.” I knew I could never afford a Turbo and was kind of afraid of the idea of driving something that fast, so I opted to drive the Carrera S, even though it was listed at $49k and way out of my budget.
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