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In the Garage: 88 Porsche 911 Carrera
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet owned by Jack Miller
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Porschephiles have prized the 911 since it came to America more than 37 years ago. Over that time, the car – with its high-powered, six-cylinder rear engine and curvaceous lines -- has undergone regular, but subtle, design and mechanical changes so the lineage is obvious if you place one of the early versions next to a new 2012 model. Miller’s all-black convertible is a pristine, 15,000-mile original. “It is my third 911 that I had during my life,” he says. “I now only use it on nice days.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
“I bought this car brand new from the dealer on April 15, 1988,” Miller says.
WHERE HE FOUND IT
He bought it in Schenectady, NY. “There weren’t many to be had down here in Nassau County, so I had to fly up to Albany and get picked up by the dealer,” he says. “My friend found the car for me through his network of dealers. I sold my 1979 (Porsche) targa (a coupe with removable roof panel) and I wanted a convertible. At the time, it was the most expensive car that I had ever bought.”
“The car is all original and stock,” Miller says. “I have all of the original paperwork, bill of sale, manuals, etc. that the car came with.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Make sure that you find a reputable and knowledgeable service center that will check it out for you before you buy,” he advises. “They can be expensive to take care of.”
“The car cost new $53,145 and I have been offered recently over $40,000 due to the low miles and condition,” Miller says.
“I always loved a Porsche,” he says. “I have owned a Porsche 911 since 1979, but the vibe of the car when it was new was not me. This is why I never used it. I use it now as a classic Porsche that is like new. I like it better that way. I own quite a few other classic cars that I prefer, but there is nothing like a classic 911. I take it for joy rides with my son Sam on nice summer nights.”