Bill Gates and His Affinity for Porsche’s
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is known for his knowledge of software and his willingness to donate to important charities. However, this “computer geek” has a fascination with Porsche vehicles. His collection includes some of the finest models ever produced by the German manufacturer.
1999 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible
The 1999 model contains a 3.4 liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 296 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in approximately five seconds.
Gates’ love of speed was certainly satisfied with his 911.
1988 Porsche 959 Coupe
In the mid 1980s, Porsche shocked the world with a car that produced 450 horsepower from a 2849 c.c. flat-six engine. It could reach top speeds of 195 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.7 seconds. The Porsche 959 once held the reputation as the world’s fastest street-legal production car. It was originally introduced as a Group B rally car but eventually was made available for the open road. Thanks to its advanced technology, it was the model for future super cars. Jerry Seinfeld also owned a Porsche 959 for his collection.
Gates waited 13 years to get his hands on one of the 337 Porsche 959 coupes produced. His car was held in U.S. Customs until regulations were changed to allow a car with unknown crash ratings into this country. He worked hard to have the “Show and Display” law passed. This let “Autos of Interest” become imported under certain rules. Rumors floated that Gates wrote a computer program to simulate the car’s crashworthiness.
1979 Porsche 930 Turbo
One of the first vehicles in Gates’ collection was a Porsche 930. During the time when Microsoft was getting off the ground, this car was one of the fastest available. It boasted a 260 PS engine that produced 256 horsepower. It could reach speeds of 153 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The interior of the vehicle was equally impressive with deluxe seats fitted with boot tonneau covers. After Gates put it up for auction in 2012, one lucky auto enthusiast had the opportunity to buy this exquisite vehicle from his collection.
Computer mogul Bill Gates has one of the greatest business minds of all times. Also, he has possessed some of the fastest Porsche cars ever produced. Although his style is less than ostentatious, he manages to break out and have fun with his collection, which is filled with speed and luxury.