Pop icon John Oates recovers his special-order Porsche 911, celebrating a reunion with his cherished Carrera.
John Oates, a name synonymous with the legendary pop duo Hall & Oates, shares more than fame and music with the renowned automaker Porsche; both celebrate their 75th birthdays in 2023. Oates, known for classic hits like “Maneater” and “Out of Touch,” has now reclaimed a piece of his history: his specially ordered 911 Carrera.
Born the same year Porsche released their first sports car, the 356 “No. 1” Roadster, Oates developed an affinity for the brand from a young age. After achieving success in the music industry, he indulged in his passion for Porsche and acquired a red 911 Turbo, which would begin a lifelong love affair with the brand. His success with Hall & Oates, selling over 40 million albums, provided Oates the luxury of personalizing a brand-new 911 Carrera 3.2 in Pearl White with black Fuchs rims and Dove Grey leather, a testament to his and Porsche’s shared dedication to excellence and customization.
However, the tale took a turn when Oates, while downsizing his collection, reluctantly sold the Carrera. It wasn’t long before regret set in, and the search for the lost 911 began. Despite his continued success as a solo artist, the Carrera remained a missing piece of his past.
The story of Oates and his wife, Aimee, intertwines with Porsche in more ways than one. They both drive Porsche models; Oates owns a 1967 911 S and a 911 Turbo (964), while Aimee enjoys her Macan GTS, chosen for its vibrant Python Green color that reflects her playful spirit. Their shared love for the brand extends beyond personal use; they recently donated a 1980s Tiga SC84 Sports 2000 race car to the Amelia Island Concours, emphasizing the joy found in generosity.
Fate would have it that Oates’ special-order 911 Carrera would reappear on an auction site, recognized as his own. In a thrilling turn of events, he reacquired the car, which, to their delight, had been meticulously preserved by its subsequent owners. Now named Karma Carrera, the 911 not only represents the couple’s journey together but is cherished as a future heirloom for their son.
Oates finds solace and therapy in driving the Karma Carrera through the landscapes of Tennessee, embracing the pure experience of the drive, the car’s engine providing the soundtrack to his reflective journeys. This return of the Karma Carrera is a celebration of history, passion, and the timeless allure of Porsche that resonates with enthusiasts worldwide. For John Oates, the Karma Carrera is not just a car but a symbol of his life’s work, loves, and legacy, now complete with its return to its rightful home.
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