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As I Get Older, I Like the Porsche 911 More

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author photo by Will Kinton June 2017

When I was growing up, there was almost nothing interesting to me about the Porsche 911. I thought they were basically garden-variety luxury cars that were expensive and fast, but they all looked the same and everyone with money had one. They weren't sensational and rare like Ferraris and Lamborghinis, loud and brash like a Viper, or opulent like a Rolls Royce -- so they just didn't really grab my attention. But now that I'm older, I've come to appreciate the 911 much more.

I think with maturity you begin to appreciate subtlety more -- and the beauty of the 911 is in its subtlety. Everyone knows they're fast and expensive, but the average Joe wouldn't look twice at one, whether it's a base-model Carrera or a $200,000 Turbo S, because they look pretty much the same to the untrained eye. When you pull up to a gas station, you won't get people asking you how much you make like they did when Doug had his Ferrari 360. It's a weirdly more proletariat sports car than others out there -- even if it costs just as much, probably because everyone likely knows someone with a Porsche, whether it's their dentist, or boss, or fairly successful uncle.

Also, the fact that you can drive a 911 every day is pretty remarkable. The under-the-radar nature definitely helps in that regard, but the 911 also requires you to make very few compromises. They're comfortable, well-equipped (if you pay for it, at least) and reasonably reliable for a German sports car. You can even squeeze children or legless friends into the back seat if you need to, which is something you flat out don't get with most Aston Martin, Ferrari or Lamborghini models.

Sure, the 911 may be pretty boring on the surface -- or to a kid growing up interested in cars and excited by the flashy ones in bright colors -- but they really are incredible pieces of machinery that no one else has really been able to replicate. I may not have cared much about them growing up -- but now I have nothing but respect.

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