Bought Mileage: 9,065
Sold Mileage: 16,096
Months of Ownership: 8
Looking back, it was a ridiculous choice..
The finance payments were as good as One Thousand Pounds a Month, it could get to 60MPH from standing in under Three Seconds and it topped out as close to 200MPH as you’d want to get.. Oh, and I was unemployed.. But, when my Annual Midlife Crisis hits, the urge is almost undeniable..
Trading in my newly repaired 997.2 Carrera at JZM I wanted to over reach as soon as I saw the Turbo S. GT Silver, Black Leather, Centrelock Wheels, Ceramic Brakes; the specification was fantastic. But honestly, looking back, I could have had any other 911 at JZM on that early Summer’s day in 2016. I do regret not looking around a bit more, or even holding off a while until something else came up.. 997.2 GT3, 997.1 GT3, 996.2 GT3..
There was even a 997.1 GT2 that had had some Track Focused upgrades, and it was GT Silver. It was also £30,000 more than the Turbo S and I was already biting off about as much as I could chew..
Roll on a month or so of ownership, and I found myself in a very different personal place, so I did what any sensible Newly Single Adult would do; I spent Money on my 911.. Starting with a Sharkwerks Exhaust, and despite Import Duty it was singly the best value piece of kit I could have bought [until the next piece of kit I bought]. The sound from a Sharkwerks really doesn’t come across in a Video as revelatory as it does in Reality. The Roar was incredible. The Idle was dreamy.
Not satisfied with sounding like I was tearing Hell in Half in under Three Seconds, I decided I needed a set of Carbon Buckets to sit in whilst doing so. I found a set for sale on Ebay by the chaps at Cameron SportsCars that a Customer had removed from a 991 he was modifying to R specification. Technically second hand, they were in great shape only having seen a few hundred miles, they were expensive nonetheless but elevated the Turbo S’s Cabin.
My next decision perhaps wasn’t the best one I had made thus far, but hey, it means I won’t make it again; probably. To preserve the Paint on the Front PU, I opted for a clear protective wrap, but whilst in there decided to get the Bonnet done in Matte Black. Yeah. Well, as I said, I thought it was a good idea at the time.
I spent the Summer of ’16 driving to, from and around Devon, Cornwall, Sussex and Surrey in the Turbo S, there was even a trip to Manchester; it was an Epic Grand Tourer. Surfboards and Bikes up top on the Roof Racks juxtaposing its raw capability to destroy any would-be rival on the Roads.
Demonstrating its capabilities as a Daily is the role of any 911, but what this Turbo S variant really craved was a RoadTrip. But where to..? I needed to impress my New Girlfriend. How about Copenhagen..? Sure..
Snow, Freezing Temperatures, Northern Europe, La Boheme at the Copenhagen Opera House..? Sounds exciting. I put on my heaviest Shoes and hit the Blacktop towards Denmark, via Ghent and Gross Meckelsen (and the Hotel zur Kloster-Mühle). The Turbo S just ate up the Miles, cruising at respectable Speeds once on the Autobahn, and reaching The Fastest I Have Ever Driven In A Car when the opportunity presented itself; 178 MPH. Bonkers. Later, I calculated that we were travelling 73 Metres every Second.
What a Beast.
So why did I sell it..? It’s an expensive Car, and it required looking after, and I simply couldn’t afford to apportion that much of my income on it. It frightened me a bit, the potential cost if [when?] things [like Oil Rads] go wrong. Plus, those Monthlies. Eesh..
I sold it for what I paid for it, and swapped the Seats back selling those too for purchase price, so I couldn’t complain. It had effectively been Free Motoring.
Oddly, I was walking to Regents Park a couple of months ago [November 2020] and heard a familiar roar along the Euston Road. I couldn’t believe it, it was my old Turbo S, I recognised the issued Registration Plate! It was great to hear that the Buyer had kept the Sharkwerks pipe on the back [I had supplied the original with the sale].