2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet: Meet Up With a 1983 911 Owner
May 29, 2013
A friend of mine owns an older 911, a 1983 911 SC. Curious to get his thoughts on our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 and 30 years of 911 progress, I suggested we go to lunch.
I met him at his office. The 1978-1983 generation 911 had always been his dream car growing up, and he finally got the chance to buy his in 2001. Right now it's just a weekend car for him.
We do a little walk around. "So, this one has a radiator, eh?" my friend starts off with. Man, even 15 years later they (Porsche people) still talk about the day Porsche switched from air-cooling to water cooling like it was the Reformation or something. For the most part, he's into the older 911s more than the new ones.
Still, he does like the look of the newest 911. I show him the "frunk." He notes it's a lot deeper than the one on his '83, but not as long.
"Let me see the engine," he says. Uh oh. I pull the switch down near the driver-side rocker panel, which raises the convertible top's cover and reveals the oil and washer fill points and not much else.
"That's it," I tell him. "That's all you can see." He just shakes his head. I follow with: "But it's German. It's a Porsche. You don't have to ever do any service because it never breaks, right?" He just gives me a look.
After that we hop in the 2013 and drive to lunch. The PDK transmission, he admits, is pretty sweet after seeing and hearing it blitz through upshifts. "My wife would actually drive this car thanks to this. She hates driving my 911." I can certainly see his point.
He thinks that the ignition slot (still to the left of the steering wheel) and classic, black-and-white gauges are cool. He also likes the fact that you can bring up a navigation screen in the configurable gauge cluster display.
But then he gets giddy over something I would have never expected.
"Oh, this is great! Cupholders!" he says, popping them out of the dash. "On mine, you have to try and keep your water bottle in the door pocket." He's serious.
And sure enough, we end up using one of them on the way back from lunch.
He takes a few pictures of the 911 with his iPhone before I leave. He's going to show his older son, who's in elementary school. "I lusted after the 911 when I was his age. This generation for him would be the equivalent of my car when I was young."
A couple decades from now, his son could very well be looking at buying a 2013 Porsche 911. That's pretty cool.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,789 miles