Interview and Photographs by Jonathan Haggar
We met Teresa Green at a few HCR events and it was immediately clear she was a very enthusiastic Porsche owner. Green was excited to share her story and how she acquired her 2012 Cayman.
When did you join PCA Hill Country Region?
TG: September 2016
How and when did you acquire this Porsche?
TG: I bought my car in 2014. I thought it was time for me to buy a nice car for myself. I had driven a Cayman S at Porsche Austin. That car was actually traded in by a 74-year-old man and had only 22,000 miles on it. When I test drove that car I felt like I was going back in time – 16 years old driving my first stick shift. I loved everything about the car. Since I’m only 4’ 11”, it was a perfect fit. The 911 felt like a family car to me since I’m so small. I looked on the internet and found nothing. I looked for a month – then I wrote it down on a yellow post it note. The next day the exact car was at a dealership in Melbourne, Florida.
I called and a young man answered, I think I may have been one of his first customers. The car was $54,000 with 12,000 miles. I told him that I didn’t need the car but loved it – and if he could lower the price by $10,000 to call me back and surprise me with a photo of the car wrapped in a huge red bow and a sold sign on it. I didn’t think I’d get the car but that night he called and sent me a photo of my new car with the biggest bow. I had never been inside the car, but they made sure it had a non-smoker previously. I had a private enclosed driver deliver my car to the house in Austin. I think I may have paid $800 to $1200 for delivery. The salesperson still sends me birthday letters.
What is your favorite thing about your car?
TG: I love the simplicity of my car – the clean dash look.
Tell us about a notable drive or road trip?
TG: I really enjoyed the Hill Country driving tour to Fredericksburg and eating at the Hangar. I was new to the group and everyone was so friendly. I loved it.
What makes your car unique?
TG: Probably the driver.
What drew you to this car?
TG: I became interested in the Cayman for the body style and interior dimensions – for me it was a perfect fit. Once I test drove the Cayman I was sold.
What makes this car special to you?
TG: I put a huge wish out there and it came true, including the price.
How did you become interested in Porsche?
TG: I’ve always liked Porsche design. I learned to drive a manual transmission when I was 16. Driving on San Francisco hills was tough. I was also lucky to drive a 1958 Corvette. My father got me interested in cars at a very young age. When I test drove the Cayman I felt exhilarated. Driving now is so much more fun with a Porsche.
What do you love most about Porsche cars?
I love the quality, performance and people I’ve met through the club.
Do you own other Porsches? / What is your dream Porsche to own?
TG: I’d love to own more Porsches. I’m obsessed with the new 911 Targa and love the new Mission E body style.
What is your favorite Porsche or PCA related memory?
TG: I think being able to celebrate with our PCA group here in Austin. The annual party at Petrol Lounge is a magical experience since I love cars. It’s always amazing and we’re lucky enough to get up close and personal with the cars there. Anything from a vintage Mini, an F40 Ferrari and a 23 window VW bus.
Do you participate in autocross, DE events, club racing or track days?
TG: I do attend DE events at Circuit of the Americas and have joined the parade laps. I’m planning to do my first 2-day DE this year.