Originally Posted by Thrift Vader
Yeah. I know what you are saying. Better modded than forgotten or stripped for parts .
Friends know how reluctant i am to
alter it. As it is, it was my dream car.
Time to think. Will keep you posted.
Maybe rather than worrying about its originality and rarity, the question should be what do you want this car to be? Originality, regardless of rarity, isn't for everyone. I'm sure if its as rare as you say, there are already some very low mileage, all original condition, non-modded cars for people to admire as museum quality/show piece examples of how the cars left the factory.
As someone pointed out you rescued the vehicle, and its getting to be on the higher mileage side... so its unlikely to have the value or appeal of an all original super low mileage car,...perhaps unless you actually did a full nut and bolt restoration.
I"m big into originality, all I've done on the Porsche was paint protection film and change the amber side markers to the euro clear ones (but I still have the amber ones in case I wanted to pop them back in some day. And on our other fun car, even though its 27 years old, all that's been done to it is paint protection film and more modern tires.
Life's to short not to drive and enjoy the car the way you would want it to be (or at least as close to that vision as possible).
Originally Posted by jbarwick
I have loved the 993 Porsche's for years but haven't seen one's interior in a while to know if it could be a forever car. I think that is my problem with choosing forever car right now is that I have not had the opportunity to potentially own one so I haven't looked into many cars I love in pictures.
Here are some items I would want in a forever car though: manual trans, 2-door, makes you smile whenever you get in the damned thing.
I will say I was never tired of my GTI. It had some problems that I paid to fix and the seats sucked over long distances but damn if I didn't smile every time I got in it. Add to the fact that VW is not bringing any 2-door Golfs to America anymore that it may be a cheap car on my list of forever cars as well.
Contenders hopefully in the future: Porsche 993 (yellow as it was the memory I have as a child), Jaguar XK120 (white or black over red or British green over tan), BMW 2002 Tii (maybe even a pain jane 2002), Older GTI...there are probably more.
I Love the 993, but Mrs. Dino likes the crisper lines and more upright headlamps of the late 80's 911s and 964s. The interior of 911s starts to change with the intro of the 964 (it had been largely the same other than changes to stitching pattern on seats, size of AC vents, and the steering wheel from 1974-89). With the 964 they finally attempted to give it modern HVAC controls, rather than 3 separate controls in different parts of the car for heat, ventilation, and AC. Although the cars are older, and depending on what you are used to (be it with older cars you've driven, or modern cars that spoil us with amenities that didn't exist back in the day), the 993 cockpit is a pretty comfortable place to be. It has a conventional upright driving position with great visibility, rather than having to practically lay down and deal with some loss of visibility that comes with some Italian cars. I think the only downside to its interior, would be if you lived in a really hot climate, the old air cooled 911s don't have a reputation for having really strong air conditioning (in fact its pretty weak in the 1980s and earlier cars). Still, if a forever car isn't necessarily a daily driver, I'm sure you could make it work.
I'm liking your list of possible forever cars a lot. I thought most people would choose fairly modern cars, so its interesting to see you've chosen some very vintage cars!