This is the Porsche 911 Turbo S, which starts at around $200,000 on its own. But buying a base model is for peasants, and you’re not really flaunting what you’ve got until you add a paint job that costs half of what the car did and enough options to never get the chance to use them all. That’s what cars are for, right?
Here’s an expensively green Porsche 911 Turbo S in all of its glory, from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur shop:
The account that posted the photo of the car above felt the need to prove the paint job’s price, later posting a photo of the options sheet that showed it to be €82,645. The photo was submitted by a reader and not confirmed by Porsche, so take it as you wish. But at current exchange rates, the suspected price of the paint job along is more than $97,000.
And sure, the market is good. The Dow goes up about as quickly as our hopes and dreams for the world go down, and it feels like we’re all here on borrowed time and borrowed credit. But $100,000 for some paint? Some paint that doesn’t have ground-up diamonds or $100,000 worth of dollar bills plastered to it?
That’s just a little too much. Here are a few things you could buy for the price of painting this 911 Turbo S into a greener, shinier 911 Turbo S:
- A regular Porsche 911
- Two college educations with in-state tuition
- One college education with out-of-state tuition
- A house on the HGTV show Fixer Upper
- More than 10,000 gallons of interior paint for your fixer-upper house
- A hauler or two (or three) for your vehicle(s), if you want to track them
- Two 2,500-square-foot underground bunkers with kitchen amenities
- More than 38 seven-night cruises in the most expensive room available
- About 77 new MacBook Pro laptops
- Two or three in-ground backyard pools
- More than 29 very expensive normal car paint jobs
When I shared this overpriced paint job with my colleagues, they all seemed to like it quite a lot. Being the practical, incredibly cheap person I am, I asked: “But do you like it for $100,000?”
“Sure, why not,” Kristen Lee said. “We’re all going to die in a nuclear winter anyway.”
Perhaps the houses and MacBooks won’t mean much then, either.