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"Porsche drivers have small pricks."

Yes, it's an Urban Legend!
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I heard that there are more Porsches in Southern California than the rest of the world combined.

Can this be?
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Regarding the lawsuit....I seem to recall it being the very early eighties and I saw it on the news. It was brought up by the wife, but I'm not sure if they said he was a dentist.

If true, think it was boost coming on in a turn? Plus a tree or a deep ditch off to the side?
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I heard that there are more Porsches in Southern California than the rest of the world combined.

Can this be?
I've heard "...more in California and Florida combined than in Germany."

Seems possible.
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I believe the 930 wreck that was followed by the lawsuit occured in La Jolla. Not sure if he was a dentist, but I do think he was a doctor. I recall reading a pretty long article in AutoWeek about it many years ago.

The suit claimed the 930 was too fast.

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How about the unhappy ex-wife whose husband left her for a younger woman? Supposedly the husband tells her to sell his Turbo and then they'll split the money. So she sells the Porsche for $100.00!! I still have friends who check the Sunday LA Times every week.
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legend- I bought a Porsche to compensate for a small ...uuhh..weiner.

truth- I bought a Porsche to compensate for an ugly face

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The La jolla 930 lawsuit was real. Porsche lost.

It's been 20 years, but I think these are roughly the particulars:

Tipsy woman borrowed husbands car, was doing 65 in a 25, lost control and somebody (her passenger?) was killed in the crash.

She sued Porsche for making a car too dangerous for the average driver and won, when the plaintiff's attorneys uncovered a Porsche internal memo where an engineer described the 930's handling as 'poisonous' -- which Porsche said was like "bad" meaning 'really good' and the jury didn't buy it.

EDIT: just researched this. Wife was 24 and her husband (the car's owner) was killed. Jury award was $2.5 million.
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Was the 924 engine really an Audi truck engine? If so, which truck?


And is every used Porsche on a dealer's lot previously owned by a doctor or his wife? (I think I've heard that one a thousand times).
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I'm surprised -- I would have thought Porsche could have ginned up a better lawyer than that. I mean, drunk at nearly triple the speed limit clearly constitutes negligence. Porsche could have claimed that the car was safe for average drivers, as long as applicable traffic regulations were applied.

Alternate argument: Porsche did the man a favor by using the inherent handling complexities of the car to eliminate the man's wife, who was obviously a little short on judgement capability.

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"911 have massive over steer" is another myth, they actully have bad understeer which spooks people and the lift and induce throttle oversteer.
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How about this story: Handyman knocks on door of a house - "Any tasks you need done?" Guy hands him a paint can and brush and says, "Yes, go ahead and paint the porch in the backyard, I'll give you $50." Handyman comes back an hour later, says "Done, but, by the way, it's a Ferrari, not a Porsch."

I've heard this too...must be true...lol (but it was a blonde)
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I had two friends that owned 930's (1976s) ...they are both dead. Both died in their cars. In one of the accidents he wrapped it around a pole so hard the head light and tail light almost touched. Granted both accidents were very high speed, on the street, and due to their inexperience with 911's. Both these guys were first time owners. Sad.
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The 2.0 liter motor in the 924 was an Audi unit. It also saw duty in the AMC Pacer!
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Actually, AMC Gremlin and Spirit. No Pacer. Also saw service in a Euro market VW utility van. Stout little motor though.
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I seem to remember reading in "Autoweek" or "Car and Driver" a story about a guy named Donald Fresh or something like that. I beleive he was described as an executive but it didn't say exactly what kind of work he did. It was in the early '80's and he had a 930. It was a grey market car that he owned. He and a "young lady" had been drinking adult beverages and she was more fit to drive than he was so she did. It was a wet day and she was unfamiliar with the car. she wrapped his side around a pole and he was killed. The wife and family sued Porsche and the tire manufacturer and a couple of other co-defendants. I don't remember all of the details as it has been about 20 years since. If I'm remembering correctly, the case dragged on for a few years and finally Porsche lost. I think some of the other defendants settled. I kinda remember this as I was in high school and read anything that i saw that had to do with Porsches. At the time I heard about this, I never considered it could be an Urban Legend...
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I've heard "...more in California and Florida combined than in Germany."

Seems possible.
Well what are we waiting for. They had all the VWs piled in Hollywood Park. Lets find a place and pack in all the Porsches in So Cal for one day.
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