As prices for aircooled Porsches climb ever higher, I’ve been thinking about recalibrating my Want-O-Meter to reflect the new reality. That leads me directly to the 987 Cayman S, a wonderful car from the sorcerers of Stuttgart. Sure, it lacks the vestigial back seats of the 911, but it does everything else so well that its value can’t be denied, especially as its prices are lower. It helps that they’re much easier to work on than the 911 as well, because they have engine access on all sides that the 911 can only dream of, including a nice big service panel behind the seats. These things are getting cheap enough that they’ll be in my orbit when the kids are older, but this’ll do for now. I’ll have mine just like this, please.

I don’t often buy 1:18s any more, and if I do they’re not road cars, but this Maisto was laughably cheap at Costco a few years ago and I couldn’t help myself. For a cheapie, it’s pretty good. It’s let down by the pins for the taillights and front side markers, the huge inside rearview mount, the hood & hatch hinges, some inconsistent gaps on the opening panels, and a slightly wonky alignment, but for the money I like it. It lives as a counter ornament at work, next to a Maisto Z8 in a similar shade of blue.

If only it was really this dark!
Not bad, but a bit bright.

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I’ll still have a Porsche, it’ll just be a bit different than the one I thought I’d get. And maybe someday, it’ll be a stepping stone into the 911SC I’ve always wanted.