Buying the car seems like a long time ago – it has, in fact, been 12 years . The car was mint when I bought it and after spending many hours cleaning and polishing it’s now even better. It does get dirty, not often, but it doesn’t take long to clean it again. Even the car mats were made exactly the same shape as the carpets to protect them.
The original radio is still in the car and the original radio instructions are in the glove box, along with the handbook and other paper work that were in there when the car was new. The spare wheel hasn’t been used, the plastic bag used to put a punctured tyre/wheel in is still in the boot along with a genuine Porsche tyre inflator and tool kit. The number plates have the original supplying dealer on them, the original dealer sticker is in the back window and the original dealer tax disc holder, which is now empty, is stuck to the front screen. The original bar code sticker is still stuck to the nearside door shut and the options sticker is still stuck to the underside of the boot lid.
Everything on the car works as it should, including all the heating/ventilation fans. The alarm system is the Porsche original unit that was fitted when new. When I bought the car, there was another alarm system fitted as well, it was more trouble than it was worth and after a lot of wire searching it was removed.
I have made a couple of modifications to the car and added one extra thing. The exhaust system is stainless, including the rear silencer, the pre silencer, the cross over pipe and both heat exchangers. The other things changed are the steering track rods, they are now turbo track rods, which gives a more precise feel to the steering. The one extra thing added is a fire extinguisher.
I did change a couple of other things, but only for a short time. The steering wheel – I have the standard wheel, a Club Sport one and an Alcantara one – the only reason I swap them over is for a change and to preserve the condition of the original. I fitted a flat engine cover for a while, its only four bolts and about half an hour. It really changed the look of the car – some people liked it, some didn’t – it just made a change. The flat lid has been in storage ever since. I would never change anything that couldn’t be put back to standard.
The car has spent time on a private plate while I have owned it, the only private plate the car has had. It’s now back on its original registration number.