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Bill Gates Porsche 911 Turbo

Posted May 24, 2012 9:00 AM by dstrohl

While Bill Gates is more famously associated with another Porsche, the 959 that helped shape U.S. doctrine on the import of cars, it wasn't his first Porsche. A few years after he founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, Gates bought new a 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo, which has now turned up for sale in Austria.

Gates apparently never babied the Porsche, either. According to a TIME profile on Gates from 1997, he made many a high-speed excursion with his Porsches on the desert roads around Albuquerque, New Mexico, before he and Allen moved Microsoft to the Seattle area; in fact, it appears that it was this same Porsche that Gates drove when he was arrested for a traffic violation and photographed for his now infamous mugshot.

"Allen had to bail him out of jail after one midnight escapade," TIME wrote. "He got three speeding tickets - two from the same cop who was trailing him - just on the drive from Albuquerque the weekend he moved Microsoft to Seattle."

According to registration slips still with the Porsche, Gates held on to it at least through 1990. At some point over the next 20 years, it made its way to Austria, where the current owner repainted it in its original metallic turquoise and had Porsche overhaul the 300hp 3.3 Liter engine.

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05/24/2012 10:46 AM

Never baby it, that a boy Bill. Porsche's are made to drive. I have to say, driving it after a few hours you are exhausted. You drive it, it doesn't drive you. i.e., it doesn't make it easy.

My impression of the Porsche, that a Porsche 911 is unsophisticated and poorly design but excellently engineered piece of equipment. I think its beautiful.

My first Porsche is a 1986 911 Targa Carrera, of which I still have, I came very close to selling it, but I am glad I didn't.

Color is Sky Blue which is the color shown......

'original metallic turquoise is that what they call it.'

and is a blast to drive. and yes, I do have a small collection of tickets.

300 HP .....mine is only 255 hp........ driving it feels like a over powered go cart.

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05/24/2012 10:55 AM

Targa is my favorite model for some reason.

12 years ago I was so close to buying an early 70s 911S Targa with 2.7l engine. I regret passing on that one.

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05/24/2012 11:59 AM

Funny, I always have my eye out for Porsches that had issues.

Ran across a White '85 911, with a whale tail. The lubrication on these are pretty finicky. The oil gets pumped from the resvoir threw the engine, and then through the filter. You have to maintain this, and keep it clean. Anyways the Owner blew the engine.

The insurance doesn't cover that. Shop offered $2,500.00 for it. I picked it up for $3,500.00. The owner had tears for have to sell it so cheap, but........I pieced it out, sold what I didn't need and made a tidy profit.

I would never consider myself a mechanical because I hate working on cars. but I love this one.

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05/25/2012 7:38 AM

You want a go-Kart on steroids? I am replacing my woeful 1.6L engine in my 1973 914 with a 2001 Corvette LS1 engine. 425HP at the wheels. Enough said.

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05/25/2012 8:31 AM

ha, better keep a skateboard in the truck when you tear up you drive train. I don't want to see you stranded without alternate transportation.

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05/25/2012 8:53 AM

Using a 930 gearbox there will be no problem

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