Last week’s photo showed the rear of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera, a sports car that many yearn for but few achieve. For a better photo and information, read this week’s road test and a lookback at an early 911 from the 1960s.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was David Anderson, of Canton, Ga., who wrote:
“Sometime in the late ’80s, I had the opportunity to buy a co-worker’s early ’70s (I think) Porsche 911. It had belonged to his father, from whom he had recently inherited it.
“I remember it being a dark-green coupe – without air conditioning, of course – but it did have, as probably all Porsches did back then, a four-speed manual transmission.
“I had recently ended my love-hate relationship with a 1974 VW Beetle, having sold it to purchase the more practical family hauler, a 1987 Chevy Astro Van. By this time, I had also purchased my first classic Cadillac, which I still own today, a red 1966 Cadillac DeVille convertible with white top and interior. It is today joined by a 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille (fins forever!) and a 1985 Cadillac Seville.
“I therefore had no room in either the garage or, more important, the family budget for yet another fun car. I say fun, but trust me, driving a small manual transmission car with no A/C in the summertime thundershowers or the winter morning chill is something to remember nostalgically and not personally experience on a regular basis.
“This co-worker was not a car guy and had no interest in keeping that 911, so he was offering it for sale for a song; but I passed on it. He did not try real hard to sell the car, however, since it had belonged to his father, who had bought it new. He still had it and drove it occasionally when he retired a couple of years later.
“That car was in absolutely mint condition, needing nothing but continued regular maintenance and replacement of most of the dried-out rubber components. This is definitely one that got away.
“Few cars stand the test of time and stay true to their roots while at the same time progressing with the technology of the day. Porsche has done that with the 911. Today’s 911 is as breathtaking a piece of automotive art and technology as any that have gone before it.
“Of course, you need a relatively fatter bank account (or credit score) to buy one new today, but for those that can afford them, they are a ride surpassed by very few others.”
Anderson wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Norman Lewis wrote: “The What Is It? is a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4/4S coupe. The car has two engines, a 3.4-liter six-cylinder producing 350 horsepower and a 3.8-liter six-cylinder producing from 400-530 horsepower, depending on turbo configuration. Prices range from a low of $84,300 up to a high of $172,100. A four-wheel-drive version is also a first for the seventh-generation 911.”
Also, Craig Kerins, Christina Brown, Chuck Brown, Karen Brown and Max Blanco
EVANS: Wayne Wilke wrote: “The What Is It car is a 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4. The thin taillight band that extends the width of the car distinguishes it from just a 911 Carrera. The 911 Carrera 4 is available with a 350-horsepower engine for $91,300 or as a 4S with a 400-horsepower engine for $105,600.
“The 911 is the iconic Porsche and the one to have. In the early ’80s, I drove a Porsche 944 on the German Autobahn. Wow, and it wasn’t even a 911.”
Also, Jerry Paul
NORTH AUGUSTA: Wayne Leslie
PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson
SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna
WARRENVILLE: James Covar.