My former business partner had a Carrera C4S Convertible. The thing was quite a piece of machinery, although he was a horrible driver. Pretty funny combination. What I remember most about that model was hearing Ted Waitt, the guy who founded Gateway Computer, mention about why he bought one. Waitt grew up in Sioux City, founded his company there, and often drove to South Dakota to Jackson, WY
"It's the only car that I could find that goes 160 mph in a snowstorm, with the top down and good music, in which I feel safe with a cold beer in my hand."
Yep. True. I had another friend ask him about it over dinner at some conference, and he said it was absolutely true.
There's another story about Waitt walking into a Porsche dealership when he first had made a bundle of money, looking like he was…well…more like he lived under a bridge. A "free spirit." None of the sales guys would talk to him. He knew exactly what he wanted, as I recall a new mid 90's Carrera in graphite. Finally, as we was looking at it on the lot, the youngest sales guy asked him if he was interested. He was. He put a big deposit on a credit card, and said he'd be back with cash the next day. He asked the sales guy which car on the lot he personally liked best. It was something similar, but red in color. Gateway comes back the next day, with a large pile of cash. Buys his car, buys the other one and gives it to the sales guy, then takes the time to tell the owner he really should fire the rest of the staff.
Ted Waitt and the C4S Cabrio are always linked in my mind! A couple of years ago I was driving through South Dakota on I-90, and just started to chuckle…...
That car ate tires like no other, BTW. Wow.