1979 Porsche 911 Turbo Bought New by Bill Gates Heading to Auction


By all accounts, Bill Gates is a fan of fast cars and used this particular model for racing in the desert.

A couple of years after setting up Microsoft with Paul Allen, Bill Gates treated himself to a brand new 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo and the same car is now heading to auction in Austria. According to a TIME Magazine profile on Gates from 1997, he loved fast cars. "When Microsoft was based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in its early years, he bought a Porsche 911 and used to race it in the desert; Paul Allen had to bail him out of jail after one midnight escapade.

"He got 3 speeding tickets - 2 from the same cop who was trailing him - just on the drive from Albuquerque the weekend he moved Microsoft to Seattle. Later he bought a Porsche 930 Turbo he called the "rocket," then a Mercedes, a Jaguar XJ6, a Carrera Cabriolet 964, a $380,000 Porsche 959 that ended up impounded in a customs shed because it couldn't meet import emission standards, and a Ferrari 348 that became known as the 'dune buggy' after he spun it into the sand." Registration slips show Gates owned the 330hp 3.3-liter Porsche 911 Turbo (930) into the '90s and at some time over the next twenty years it made its way to Austria.

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The current owner had the car fully restored including an engine overhaul by Porsche and a full respray in its original metallic turquoise. On 6 June it will hit the auction block in Vienna, where it's expected to sell for between €39,000 and €50,000.