Porsche makes cars to be driven and enjoyed, with its GT and RS models crafted by the passionate engineers in Weissach standing at the pinnacle of this ethos. It is thus unfortunate that the rising values created by the current speculators’ market have resulted in many of these great drivers’ cars being locked away as appreciating financial instruments.
Luckily, that is not true for all these cars. Singapore-based Dr. Kee Lin decided long ago that the enjoyment he gets from regularly exercising his 964 Carrera RS far surpasses any notional value the car might have were he ever to sell it. In fact, selling the RS has never crossed his mind since the day in 1992 when he took delivery of the car from an official Porsche dealer. In the 26 years that Kee Lin has owned this car, he has driven it enough miles to have been around the world and to the moon—plus 50,000 more!
When this RS first entered his life, Kee Lin was no stranger to either Porsches or the subtle eccentricities of 911 ownership. Like many Singaporean Porsche owners of his generation, Kee Lin had previously owned an Alfa Romeo or two, and would only consider a car if it delivered excellent performance and an involving driving experience.
“Back in 1972 I had an Alfa 2000 GTV from the second shipment to reach Singapore,” Kee Lin recalls, “and I liked it so much I kept it for three years after I bought my first Porsche in 1990, a manual Carrera 2 Cabriolet in Guards Red.”
Early and G-Series 911 buyers typically ordered their cars with manual gearboxes—save for the few who chose the love-it-or-hate-it Sportomatic semi-automatic transmission on some 1968-1978 models. However, when the 964 arrived with the more modern Tiptronic automatic option, almost all Porsches in Singapore were ordered with one because of the city driving environment. But as a keen driver, Kee Lin still wanted a proper five-speed gearbox.
Karsono Kwee, the effusive owner of Eurokars Singapore, the local Porsche distributor, takes the time to get to know his clients and give them good advice. He certainly did a great job selling cars when the world economy tanked in the late 1980s, and Porsche’s future was uncertain.
“Karsono asked me several times if I was really sure I wanted a manual,” says Kee Lin. “When I confirmed this he told me it would have to be a special order and went about sorting it out for me.”