Bill Gates is in the news again and this time it has nothing to do with the launch of a new software or the millions that get deposited in his bank account every month. Not long ago, when Bill Gates had just founded Microsoft with Paul Gates, he had purchased a Porsche, a brand of car that he has been associated with for a long time now. It was in 1979 that he purchased the Porsche 911 Turbo that is now up for auction in Austria. We still don’t know as to how the car ended up in Austria after Bill Gates gave up its ownership in the 1990s. The car is estimated to fetch a pre- auction price of around € 39,000-€50,000 which will make it $55,500-$71,000 in the Dollar range. The car will come under the hammer on 6th June.
It’s not been long since a Bill Gates estate was in news. It was in winter that he flew with his family to Florida and paid a whopping $600,000 to rent a home in Wellington, Florida. It was a house of a millionaire. Located at the plush Fairlane Court the house exudes luxury and was elaborately furnished for the family of the world’s richest man. For long everyone went gaga over the property which was 7,352 square feet. A massive amount of space we say for a family comprising of three children and a millionaire husband and wife. It was his daughter, Jennifer’s interest in jumping horses that Bill Gates is said to have rented this property. The Wellington Home was also listed for sale at a staggering $12.999 million.
Anyway, let’s turn our attention back to Mr. Gates car which is up for auctions at the Dorotheum. It is said that when he owned this car he indulged in a number of shenanigans and often got into trouble. Let’s have a look at the Porsche Turbo 911 and its long association with Bill Gates.
Bill Gates and his Porsche Tales
Bill Gates has quite a collection of Porsche cars. But it’s with the Porsche Turbo 911 that many tales are connected. It is said that it was the same Porsche that got him into a ot of trouble. Bill Gates was known for his infamous driving habits even before he purchased this car.
With the Porsche Turbo 911 speed limits never mattered to him as he almost flew the Porsche Turbo 911 on the desert area around Albuquerque, New Mexico. This was just before Paul Allen and Gates shifted Microsoft to Seattle. Gates was arrested for one of his midnight speeding adventures and Paul had to bail him out after he had to spend a night in jail. He also got three speeding tickets and one two from the same cop who had his eyes on the speeding thrills of the world’s richest man.
It was in the 1990s that Bill Gates and his Porsche Turbo 911 parted ways and the car ended up in Austria, as we have already mentioned. The current owner of the car made a few changes by overhauling its 300 hp 3.3 ltr engine. He also repainted the car and retained its original turquoise metallic colour.