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What NOT To Do To Your Porsche Cayman S--New Photo, Owner Update

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Custom Cayman S with Techart wide-body kit and paint job.

Custom Cayman S with Techart wide-body kit and paint job.

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Update: We've been in contact with the owner of the car, who sent us this (much better) photograph and explained some of the background of the car. It turns out it was owned and created by Porsche or an affiliated race shop until the new owner acquired it, with the paint and Techart body kit already in place. He likes it because it's unique and well-executed, and we can't disagree there--the work is quality, whatever you think of the aesthetics. The owner is a serial sports/supercar buyer, and this is merely the latest in a line of fast, modified cars he's owned.

So now we put the question to you: were we too harsh on this one? Is there an appeal to the car that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Original article below:

If you own a Porsche Cayman S, you are probably very proud of it, and justifiably so. You might even have the urge to personalize it a bit to make it more "yours." That's all well and good. But please, for the love of all that's fast and beautiful, do NOT do this to it. Ever.

Seriously. Never, ever do this, or anything like it. We don't care if your gang requires it, if you got the paint job for free from your buddy, or if it expresses your true inner self. This kind of stuff belongs on a conversion van, not a Cayman. And even then, it should be done ironically. Otherwise you'll be mocked relentlessly by the likes of XHead, the RoadRaceAutoX forum member who found it.

The air brushing on this car is claimed to have cost over $15,000. We imagine it has also diminished the value of the car by at least that much.

If you'd like to rescue this poor 2007 Cayman S (with bonus Techart body kit) from its owner, you'll be glad to know it's available on Craigslist in the Washington, DC area.

That is all.

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Comments (9)
  1. Well first when i got a fast look at it, it looked nice, but keep looking and then you will be able to see the inner trash.
     
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  2. I'm not sure how Mr Nelson Ireson became the art critic of all critics with his law degree for Akansas U in just 2006. I'm not sure Nelson knows what is tasteful or distasteful and who is he to even say personally so rudely? I know because I own the car and this link was sent to me by local friends who happen to know the car from the local DC scene and where it has a huge fan base, gets photographed EVERYWHERE and gets comments anywhere the wheels take it. I can assure you the paint isn't for everyone and the work was done by Porsche themselves as best as I can find as a promo car. I also assure Nelson that my 14 years of IT background means my "GANG" didnt ask me to paint it this way! Opinions are like aZZholes right? Nelson return my call
     
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  3. When I first saw this link I was thinking to myself oh god it can't be. But honestly, the techart kit/spoiler, wheels, and the paint job look spectacular! I would love to see this thing in person, I'm sure the paint is stunning if it cost as much as it says in the article. Now it's not for me, but i can respect a quality modification, and this seems like one
     
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  4. I have to agree. The Ed Hardy paint job is not cool.
     
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  5. I have to say, the paint job to me looks bad. But the owner can do whatever he likes to his car. It's only a Cayman after all haha. Now if this was something special, like a Ferrari F40 or 959, then I would find it shocking.
     
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  6. I've asked Nelson to post a high quality photo (email to him at i.nelson@gmail.com)so that folks can really see the car and judge according. Art is what it is.... some will love it...some will hate it... I respect all opinions! :O) Better to be noticed in my eyes then never noticed at all and be boring!
     
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  7. Nelson thanks for chatting and providing the update you turned out to be a gentleman after all so thank you kindly. As we discussed it's truly a one of a kind and the money put into this car may equal its true stock value with Porsche doing most of the work and having deep enough pockets to invest the amount that was if they so choose to do. It's a conversation piece most places it goes and heck it's a Porsche and the handling is amazing either way! Intersport Auto Sales http://www.intersportautosales.com/ DCs leading Porsche shop sold me the car and maintains the vehicle and with their full Porsche race team provided me with a one of a kind car! Anyhow, again its artwork and some will want to puke on it others will love it and appreciate!
     
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  8. This is the sort of car you see on Pimp My Ride.. it clearly devalues the car and it's not really a very good artwork to begin with.
     
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  9. I have a 2007 Cayman S...this just saddens me...looks like the Nissan GTR peeps got a hold of one and went at it ;-(
     
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