We’re not going to be in the market for at least another year or two, but already we’re thinking about our next car (one that would replace the E30). The pursuit, after all, is half the fun— possibly more. For a budget of $10,000, we think we’ve narrowed it down to the following two choices— ones that shouldn’t be at all surprising to long-time readers of this blog. They are as follows.
Porsche 944 S2 (not Turbo):
Comments and stipulations:
- The car must be well-sorted, up-to-date on maintenance, and tastefully/thoughtfully modified (if at all). The more turn-key, the better (not looking to acquire a project)
- It’ll be a second car, so practicality is not a huge issue. Still, usable rear seats are a must (but to accommodate children, not adults)
- It’ll first and foremost be a street car, though we’d love for it to be able to see up to 6-8 track days in a year. We suspect this may be a tall-ish order for the 02 (depending on how sorted and set up it is for the track), less so the 944
- It’ll be garaged, so while not ideal, the non-galvanized steel 2002 would be OK. But given that we love spirited driving year-round, we do dock off some points for not being able to drive it in the snow (of course, one could, but it would be unkind to the car— not to mention its future owners)
While very different, both cars have their obvious merits. The 944 will be faster and more comfortable, offering – for better or for worse – a driving experience at least as modern as the E30′s, if not more (perhaps a lot more). The 2002 brings to the table vintage road manners and oodles of late ’60s-early ’70s charm, but will be less obviously athletic (if still plenty spirited). We also imagine it’d be a lot more fun to own insofar as, e.g., being an automatic conversation starter, eliciting random thumbs-up from passers-by— the sort of stuff one might expect from driving an obviously older car. In an ideal world, perhaps we’d have both – the 944 for the track and the 2002 for the street – but this car, whichever we decide upon, would be called upon to do both. We’re not complaining, though— one could do worse.
So, what would you do? Let’s hear it