Digital Exhibition: Gary Boone
Name: Gary Boone
Vehicle: 2012 Porsche 911
How did you find your Porsche? Where did you find it?
I ordered it brand new from the factory on my son's birthday and took the delivery 9-11-2014.
What got you interested in Porsche and the 911?
I bought my first Porsche in 1968, a 1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Super. I then bought a 1960 356 convertible D roadster. In 1985 I bought a 1982 Porsche 911 Targa. I found my dream 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo Red/Tan w/ 11,000 miles on it parked under the Five Crowns Restaurant with 1/4 inch of dust on it, and bought it for $38,500. I then sold it 2 years later for $48,000.
I bought my very first 1988 M5 from Vasek Polack in Hermosa Beach before anyone, including the dealer, knew what it was. At first they didn't want to take my deposit because they had no "factory code" for the car and didn't know if or when they would receive the car. I convinced them to just hold my $5,000 deposit under the condition that they sold me the car at "sticker."
I took delivery of the 2nd 2000 M5 in California from Long Beach BMW. Was offered $15,000 to walk away from the deal by Depek Chopra the day I took delivery.
What makes the 911 so special?
After several years of owning and driving BMW's, I decided it was time to go back to Porsche. The BMW's were fine road cars but they continued to get heavier every year and lacked the sports car "feel."
When I read about the new 991 model, 911, that debuted in 2012, I started following the reports on the car. 2014 was the year I picked. It is the very last year they put the 3.8 non-turbo engine in the 911. There simply is no substitute. It is like owning a piece of fine-art, a sculpture that you can drive. Everything fits perfectly. It is an absolute joy to drive and at 3260 lbs. and 400 h.p. it moves.
Have you made any modifications to your 911?
I can't improve on Porsche engineering. It will hold value if I keep it 100% original. Since 1989 I have been a private pilot and always wanted the best handling fastest prop plane available. The Mooney Bravo has been called "The Porsche of the skies" The Porsche 911 is "The Mooney of the Road". I feel fortunate to own both.