You’ve seen this before. SN210 took home Monday’s honors during Car Week with this 911 GT1. You know a model is deserving when it convinces a fellow LaLD’er to nab one for himself. Now, I get a crack at photographing this beauty my way.

Insanely photogenic, this thing is. Fortuitous, this find was, because I ended up getting it for free. Scott linked me up to a NIB example on eBay for $50 OBO. I shot an offer of $40 that the seller took his jolly time to accept a couple days later. So here I was, sitting at home waiting for my brand-spanking-new, minty-fresh Porsche to arrive. Then the package came, and I knew something was wrong the moment I heard loose parts shuffling around inside the box.

For those who still don’t believe in eBay, rest assured that you’re always covered by Buyer Protection. I periodically see members here fretting over buying diecast from potential Chinese scammers. Dude, relax - you’re gonna get your money back when it’s all said and done.

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Anyways, I opened up the box to find the engine cover detached from the car. The rear wing had also broken off in the process. Neither much of an issue, really, because there’s always super glue to save the day. But that heavy, diecast engine cover? It ran through the bodywork like a tornado and left a mess. Scratches, everywhere. Most of them are relatively minor and unnoticeable in these photos, but there are a few rather nasty gashes on the windows.

Disappointed, I was forced to request a return and give back this gorgeous Porsche. Waste of my time, right? What a hassle it is to repackage something and send it back.

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But then the next morning, I woke up to an email notifying me that the seller had refunded the entire purchase back to me, thus allowing me to keep the model at no cost. Better to just give it away than eat up the cost of return shipping (~$17) and be left with a damaged model that wasn’t worth a whole lot in the first place, right?

See, it all worked out just fine. Better, in fact. I’ll take a slightly scuffed-up model for free over being short $57 with a perfect one.

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I thought about saving this Porsh for the upcoming Engine Week, but I also don’t want to show you guys the exact same car again. There’s plenty of gas left in the tank for when the time comes. Therefore, I leave you guys with a few orangey shots for today.

Oh, and it’s nice to be back!

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