Tuesday Readings – Hobart, Porsche Stuff, Saab Art, Ties, Escalump, 1M value

Greetings all. Let’s kick things of with a pleasant view, shall we?

I hope to produce some video soon, but here are some photos of Hobart from the air. PJ and I had the good fortune to take a scenic flight recently, thanks to a friend of ours who’s a student pilot – Captain Sarah, we call her.

Hobart has its drawbacks. We don’t get the big things that big cities get, the cost of everyday items can be expensive (though thankfully housing’s quite affordable) and being disconnected from the mainland can be cumbersome sometimes.

There’s no doubt about it, though: Hobart’s a pretty city. Click.


Behold, my first Porsche trophy!!


You can’t see the inscription, but it records my first place in the Porsche Club Tasmania Baskerville Hillclimb 2013, in the 2-3 litre class. Nevermind the fact that there were only a couple of cars in the class 🙂

OK, it’s a bit of a laugh, but I’ll take a Porsche trophy in my cabinet any day. And declining to place any value on it would be disrespectful to the others in the class, too. We all had a competitive and enjoyable day so to have a memento of it is nice, indeed.

The 968CS is actually the perfect car for this type of thing. It’s more powerful than nearly anything else in the class and amongst the most balanced, too.

Waiting at Baskerville


I checked out the options sticker on my 968 the other day and was saddened to see that it doesn’t have “Comfort Seats” as an option. That is, regular Porsche electric seats trimmed in leather.

My 968 currently has aftermarket Recaros and they’re very good. But the lack of an option code for “Comfort Seats” means it originally shipped with genuine 968CS fibreglass shell seats, also made by Recaro. The fibreglass backing was painted the same as the exterior colour of the car.

Here’s an example:


These are rare as hen’s teeth now and sell for around $3K or more per pair. I wish I had them in my car. The most frustrating part is knowing there’s a pair of them somewhere in Australia (or elsewhere in the world) that were originally in my car when it left the factory!

I’d love to find a pair of red ones and return the car to its original specification again.


Having dragged you through all that……

My Porsche 968CS was recently placed on the market for sale. “Why?” I hear you ask….

My problematic driveway has me driving the car only once or twice a week and $30K is far too much money for me to have tied up in a car that I rarely drive. Either the house or the car has to go, and while we plan to sell both in the near-medium term, the car’s obviously the item that can be sold quicker (the house needs some preparation first).

I’m not expecting it to sell quickly at all. There are 968’s for sale now that were on sale back in October last year, when I bought mine. I predict I’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy it (and maybe bring home a few more trophies, too 🙂 )


On to other things, then……

If you only click on one link from this readings collection, make it this one.

Hemmings has a great story on a young woman in Detroit making her living from creating automotive and technically themed neckties.


I love creative start-ups like this. I love her creativity and her courage, two qualities that I sadly lack.

These are quality products; cleverly designed and hand-made. The story is a wonderful read and if you’re into cars, creativity and/or business then I think you’ll really enjoy it.


A story on Autoblog piqued my interest today.

They were claiming that a BMW 1M Coupe is more expensive today on the second-hand market than when it went on sale a few years ago. You see this phenomenon with classics all the time, but they’re decades old. It’s not so common to see it with a mass-produced vehicle from the modern age that’s only a couple of years old. They’re usually still in depreciation mode.

….a few savvy Autoblog readers pointed out that our estimated price for a used donor car, set at $50,000, was low. Odd, we thought, as the car retailed for less than $50k ($46,135) when it was new in 2011. So we started checking around.

With only 740 units sold in the US to begin with, finding data on 1MC sales is a bit dicey, but here’s what we know. We tracked down about 20 cars currently on sale, by way of major used auto sales websites, and found an average asking price of a whopping $61,670 with an average mileage of about 11,600 on the clock. That’s more than $15,500 over the MSRP when new, or an appreciation of around $5k per year.

Hold on a second. You ‘mericans got that car for under $50K???? Wow.

Anyway, I figured I should have a look at the Australian market and sure enough, the 1M Coupe is doing similar things here.

The car originally sold for $99,000 here. Yes, you read that correctly – $99,000. A quick check on carsales.com tells me that you can buy one between $86,700 and $118,000. It should be noted that the top price is for a 2012 model, not a 2011, but it’s still more than the original asking price.

My guess is that it’s not just a case of supply and demand, but that the rather expensive options list is also playing a role. It might have stickered at $99K but not many of them would have been sold at that price.


I guess I’ll always mock GM in one way or another.

I know it looks like it, but this is not a 10 year old picture of a Cadillac Escalade.


Yes, it looks like a 10 year old truck but it’s actually the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.

You’ve got to admire their self-confidence, I guess.


And finally, to finish on a positive note, I’m going to unashamedly pinch a post from Saabs United.

Lance Cole – known widely for his Saab books and occasional pieces on The Saab Smell and other things – has put his considerable artistic talents to use and painted this wonderful image of an old Saab 93.


He’s offering limited edition prints for sale and I hope he sells the lot. That painting looks fantastic.

Check out SU for details and prices.


Have a good week, all.

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  1. Sorry to hear about the sale of the Porsche (even though in the future).

    About the Escalade: it looks bad, I agree. However, GM’s bean counters are positively giddy with the design because the margins on that truck are FAT. Among the most profitable vehicles on the road fat. That’s why the Escalade looks like that.

  2. Do you know who buys the Escalade? Well I am too PC to spell it out, but they have like 22 or 24 inch wheels sometimes with jewels on them and the chrome is changed to gold and and well most of these buyers would not know a well designed car if it ran them over. Sad, sorry state, but GM makes good money on these buyers.

    And now on the Porsche……YOU CAN’T SELL THAT CAR! Just drive it every day man. that is what they are made for. You are thinking too much about this Swade.

    Get your priorities right man and rebuild the driveway, the street if you have to. Hobart will understand that they have an international celebrity that needs to get his car to the road properly. Just get out there and drive it. That is what they are made for…..and you own such a wonderful example. It would be a shame if you sold it.

  3. Dickl is right. Get the crossover modified and change the ramp angle in your drive so you can get out without scraping. When you come to sell the house the next owner will thank-you for it, particularly if they tow a van.
    You are not done with this car yet, whereas you were with the GTV I’m guessing.