Coupe Confusion writes:
I currently own a 2012 Mustang V6 with a manual transmission. I’ve added Flowmaster exhausts and a cold air intake, so it scoots along very well, looks great, and has nice creature comforts. However, I’ve been offered an opportunity to buy a mint 1978 911SC that has been with its current owner for 25 years. In the last 10k miles/5yrs it has had an engine-out rebuild, $13k paint job, and all the great stuff done to update the transmission, cam tensioners, refinished Fuchs, etc. Economically I can basically sell the Mustang and buy the 911 and possibly have some money left over due to my connection with the owner.
I’ve always wanted an air-cooled 911 but am wrestling with the paradigm shift from a larger, modern coupe (great a/c, bluetooth, nice stereo) to a completely analog old-school sports car (where’s that lever to . I have a wife and 2 daughters (7 & 4yrs old). The Mustang/911 is/would be our second car; my daily driver to work (large urban Midwestern city, 20-30 minute commute) but otherwise generally for me to use running around one of the girls or for nights out with my wife.
I like the Mustang but am staring at depreciation on it, albeit modest since I keep it pristine and will average about 6k miles per year. The 911 would be a more fun daily driver with minimal depreciation.
What would you do? I only have a few days to decide before the 911 owner puts it out to the general market.
Not an easy answer. I wish you were a single college student with one car that you depended on to get to work/class. That would make this so much more entertaining…for me. Furthermore, don’t ask Sanjeev what he’d do if he were in your shoes!
Sanjeev would obviously, immediately sell the fat Elvis Mustang, wish your Porsche friend the best on the sale, and get himself some delicious 5.0 Restomod Fox Body. Mustang if necessary, but LTD, Granada, Cougar, Mark VII or Continental if possible. But Sanjeev digresses…
Where is your wife in this equation? Because it sounds like you are the only decision maker here…and that kinda makes me scratch my head. Does your wife drive when you are at work? Do you value the safety features present in newer/larger vehicles for the sake of your daughters?
I say keep the Mustang. You are under pressure to buy the Porsche before it hits the buying public, and I don’t see it working out as an adequate second car. Maybe if it was a third car…