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He Found his Dad’s Porsche 993, Sold Years Earlier, Online

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
April 8, 2014
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Owner: Vincent Mui

Year, Make, and Model: 1994 Porsche 911 (993)

Location: Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong

Photographer: Rupert Procter

My dad bought the 911 new from Porsche Hong Kong in 1994 as he was replacing a purple 964, his first Porsche and also the first Porsche I was acquainted with when I was just eight or nine years old. After buying the 993, he joined the Hong Kong Porsche club, got more involved with the car and club through regular local morning drives and the occasional track meets in China and around Hong Kong. Eventually he got himself a track-only 964, all stripped out, just for the track. At that point the 993 became for street-use only.

The reason that all of this matters is because I fell in love with the car growing up: I could recognize his Porsche’s sound instantly because of the Gembella exhaust he installed. I remember the feel of the seat because of how the A8 Recaro bucket wrapped around me from shoulder to just above my knee, the smell of the leather, the turbo-look 18 inch rims along with the 265 tyres, which in the mid 90’s were huge, and how the body kit from Porsche techquipment gave the car a unique and more aggressive, yet sleek look. He eventually kept the car from 1994 to 2007, put about 50,000km when he traded it in for a 997 GT3. Of course I wished that he had kept the car so I could drive it eventually. Back then, I was still completing college and I figured it was his car, his money, and his decision, so I didn’t really share my thoughts with him. But ever since he sold the car, I thought about it a lot, and missed it. Every time I saw a yellow 993 on the street, I tried to see if it was the car he had sold.

Five years had passed and still I thought about it and how I’d like to buy it back. Then one day I was browsing online on a second-hand car site and I saw this Speed Yellow 993 that looked remarkably similar to my dad’s old one. It was on an ad from a private garage website along with a good handful of other air-cooled 911s. I immediately called the guy, asked a few questions about the car, and scheduled an appointment to look at it. Then I called my dad. I was thrilled, excited, eager to find out whether it was the same car he had sold. When I got to the garage, it was filled with 911s and it turned out the owner was a porsche collector. He restored them, drove them, and sold them from time to time; there must have been over twenty Porsches there. The cars in the space were stacked five-wide and four-deep. I noticed the Speed Yellow 993 sitting in the back row looking exactly the same as last time I saw it. Turns out my dad had sold it to this guy through a salesman at Porsche. The car had been kept and maintained really well by the same guy, and he had only added about 10,000km over the last five years. The Porsche was perfect and sounded exactly as I remembered. Everything was the same: the distinctive smell of the leather, the seats, everything had remained unchanged except for the suspension which he had swapped for a KW. As you can imagine, it was an emotional day for me too.

Two weeks later, we agreed on a price, and my dad bought it back. It would wind up costing twice as much as he received five years ago and I told him that I’d pay him back when I have the money, but I think he meant to get it for me as a present. I’m grateful and lucky to have a dad like him, who sort of indirectly introduced this love for Porsche and this particular 911 I have. I’m also very lucky to have been able to find it and get the car back after all this time. I treasure it dearly, and I plan to keep it with me and the family for as long as possible. I drive the car almost everyday as it’s my only car, and it still runs smoothly like when it was new.

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George Bromden
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It’s always been my dream to own a luxury car like the Porsche Carrera . Glad he found it and now can enjoy it with his dad.

Brian
Brian

Ignore the haters.

They don’t comprehend economies of scale. If this story was about a ratty 924 then they wouldn’t hate (i.e. Be jealous). For whatever reason the haters couldn’t clearly read how passionate you are about this car and the love you father has for you.

Cherish you 993 and always remember your father’s love.

Jonny
Jonny

Great story! What a great journey and a wonderful connection to a fantastic car!

JustADouche
JustADouche

That’s a beautiful looking 993, but WTF? The buyer paid 2x as much as he sold it for with more miles on the car???

Tsvetan Tsekov
Tsvetan Tsekov

Prices are getting higher every day. 🙂

ASB
ASB

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful car and an even better story. Great photos too. My dad and I also share a passion for fine autos and it is great to see another family involved in such a great hobby. Ignore the jealous morons who will try to rain on your parade.

cheers

p.s. right now we are into jaguars but I am finding the charms of an aircooled 911 difficult to ignore.

Simon
Simon

I think it’s great that your dad was in the position to help you with the car. My guess is that it gave him great joy to do it, and that will make owning the car that much more special. Maybe one day you can pass it on to your son…..
Love your dad, cherish the car, and ignore the negative comments!

Toffee
Toffee

moral of the story : RICH DAD.

senor
senor

The fact that your Dad bought the car for you killed the story for me. So you found the car and asked daddy to buy it for you. That as an owner of 8 cars that I bought and fought but regale with joy to my friends of how managed to finance them whilst a student makes your story so cleansed that is embarrasses me to be a witness to it.

Vincent
Vincent

There is a lot of truth to what you said, and I’m sorry you feel embarrassed to read about it. But that is truth of what happened, and I feel nothing more than overwhelming joy and just simply grateful to my dad. -Vincent

Raul
Raul

Best wishes to you! Great story! Nice porsch

Kevin
Kevin

Good for you. Now shut up.

Mark
Mark

Well senor, your words embarrass yourself, publicly. You may be a success business person but your mouth, mind set and arrogant make you nothing more than a pathetic clown.

Rupert Procter
Rupert Procter

Great story Vincent! I’m well chuffed with how the photos came out.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Its stories like this that I am proud to be apart of the car hobby. Im really glad you found your Father’s car and i hope you cherish it as much as we have enjoyed reading the story.

Benjamin Shahrabani
Benjamin Shahrabani

That is a wonderful story! (…and obviously it warms my heart as a fellow 993 owner):)