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Hi all,

I’ve been tracking and learning from posts on this forum since ordering a new base 718 Cayman PDK in Gentian Blue with just a few other options last October and have now joined you.

It’s been the longest I’ve ever had to wait for a factory order new car (not helped by the two month coronavirus shutdown), but at least it has now been built and transported to the temporary old airfield storage facility at Ahlhorn, not far from Emden.

There seems to be something of a bottleneck in terms of getting cars into Emden and onto ships, but I so hope our Cayman doesn’t have to wait long for its turn. Fingers crossed. Getting excited as the prospect of handover gradually gets nearer.

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Welcome Graham.

I'm also waiting for mine to leave Emden after leaving Kornwestheim. I placed my order in January this year.

Where about in the UK are you?

Gentian Blue is very nice. What other options have you gone for?

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Thanks, Dan. Pleased you car is now at Emden at least and may get on a ship soon. Mine was originally due for delivery in early March, but various delays followed. What have you ordered?

We’re in the north of the UK. I’ve tested a few Porsches in the past as I write about cars and F1 and was more than happy to order our base Cayman with only a few options beyond the PDK and metallic paint - cruise control, heated seats, ParkAssist front and rear plus camera and the smokers pack (for the cover, being a non-smoker).

With luck we may not be waiting too much longer. Hope you enjoy yours when it arrives.
 

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I'm also in the North. MY OPC is Preston.

Heres my spec

718 Cayman
White
PASM
Black Leather package with partial leather seats
Headlight cleaning system covers painted in Satin Black
Model designation painted Black
Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Sports tailpipes
64-litre fuel tank
20-inch Carrera Classic wheels
Wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest
Bi-Xenon main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
Light design package
Electrically folding exterior mirrors including courtesy lighting
Automatically dimming mirrors with integrated rain sensor
ParkAssist (front and rear)
Speed limit indicator
Sports seats (2-way, electric)
GT sports steering wheel in Leather Heated multifunction steering wheel
Two-zone automatic climate control Seat heating
Smoking package
Silver grey seat belts
Porsche Crest embossed on headrests

Dan
 

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Enjoy it, Dan. At least your car went straight to Emden from down near Stuttgart. Hope ours doesn’t spent long at Ahlhorn before being transferred to Emden for shipping. They clearly have logistics issues at the moment getting cars into and out of Emden, which has been a bottleneck in the past too for other manufacturers using the same port.

it will be worth the wait.
 

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I hope so too. I believe the issue is with VW cars backing up and blocking in Porsches.
My OPC is ringing me tomorrow with an update so hopefully I'll be on a ship by the end of the week.
 

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Congrats to you Both! I'm also in the North :) Cheshire...

It's odd about your build delays Graham. I ordered mine in Sept but then went into a few days, if memory serves me correctly. Finally build over the holidays and delivered just after New Years. Trust me, the wait will have been worth it.

Truth be told, getting it in the winter and not really being able to use it made the experience a bit of a let down but once it got warm, such thoughts vanished. Perhaps we can organise a casual meet up to get our cars out and stretch their legs.

Looking forward to your updates and delivery!

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Congrats to you Both! I'm also in the North :) Cheshire...

It's odd about your build delays Graham. I ordered mine in Sept but then went into a few days, if memory serves me correctly. Finally build over the holidays and delivered just after New Years. Trust me, the wait will have been worth it.

Truth be told, getting it in the winter and not really being able to use it made the experience a bit of a let down but once it got warm, such thoughts vanished. Perhaps we can organise a casual meet up to get our cars out and stretch their legs.

Looking forward to your updates and delivery!

Perry
A load of 718 owners a having a run out round the Peaks this Saturday if you are interested
 

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Congrats to you Both! I'm also in the North :) Cheshire...

It's odd about your build delays Graham. I ordered mine in Sept but then went into a few days, if memory serves me correctly. Finally build over the holidays and delivered just after New Years. Trust me, the wait will have been worth it.

Truth be told, getting it in the winter and not really being able to use it made the experience a bit of a let down but once it got warm, such thoughts vanished. Perhaps we can organise a casual meet up to get our cars out and stretch their legs.

Looking forward to your updates and delivery!

Perry
Thanks, Perry. It looks like it’s going to be nine months+ from order date to handover and that’s if it gets shipped fairly soon, although the pandemic shutdown accounted for two months with the original early March delivery not happening. My press contact/friend at Porsche UK’s HO is investigating.

On the positive side, at least I didn’t have it sat here doing little during the lockdown period and I’m still very much looking forward to taking delivery in due course.
 

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From what I’ve seen, there are a couple of vehicle ships moored at the Porsche/Audi dock in Emden so you never know. Yours could well be on the next ship to Blighty.
 

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From what I’ve seen, there are a couple of vehicle ships moored at the Porsche/Audi dock in Emden so you never know. Yours could well be on the next ship to Blighty.
Thanks, Dan. Hope yours is too.

We so have to remember that there are far more awful events happening around the world, with many people sadly still dying from coronavirus, and being fortunate enough to be waiting to take delivery of a new Porsche really is insignificant in comparison.

However, we are all passionate about cars and it is understandable to be keen to get to the handover stage after long waits. As a Formula 1 correspondent, I have a little sideline as a guestspeaker about F1 ashore and on cruise ships and re the latter I have the Marine Traffic app. I can see the Schelde Highway and Malacca Highway car transporter ships in port right now at the VAG area, with the similar Paglia and Siem Cero vessels nearby.

Fingers crossed that both our cars will be heading to the UK soon, although the last I heard was that mine was still being stored 60 miles away at the Ahlhorn facility.
 

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The massive bottleneck of new cars in and near Emden means that I have now been told that handover may be by late July. Not great when my car left the factory on 15 June and would normally take around two weeks to handover at a UK dealership. The car was ordered in early October for an early March delivery, but we are now looking at almost 10 months from order to delivery and five months late.

I’m not happy about it having to sit around in the Ahlhorn and Emden storage areas for so long waiting for shipment, but I guess all of us in this position don’t have a choice. It had better be worth the wait.
 

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Thats pants Graham.

Looking at the build schedule, mine was at CP8 2 days after yours so is probably sat on a railway waggon waiting to be accepted into Emden. My salesman is going to check on Friday to see where it is but most likely sat in a queue behind yours.

It wouldn't be too bad if Porsche came back and gave us a 'Sorry, and here's something to sweeten you up' but I very much doubt this will happen. Not as long a wait as you but if our deliveries are expected at the same time, I'll have been waiting 7 months!

Have you thought about waiting for collection in September?
 

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Pants indeed, Dan. The General Sales Manager at the OPC where I negotiated the deal and placed the order is very apologetic, as is a senior press contact I have at the Porsche UK HQ in Reading, so I’ve had plenty of sorrys but no sweeteners of any sort.

If we’re now talking about a delivery in late July, I did start wondering about holding registration back to September so that it would be a 70 car, but on balance and with my private plate going on it from the start I think I’ll stick with July. Assuming we aren’t still waiting come September of course.....

This has all taken a little of the shine off our eager anticipation of our new Cayman ever since last October, with one delay after another, and the car had better be pristine when it does arrive. The most expensive new car I’ve ever bought, but the longest wait by far for a factory order. Three month start to finish orders for some great Audi’s was a breeze in comparison. Still looking forward to taking delivery though.
 

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PS The never ending delays have made me come so close to cancelling the order on several occasions as I started thinking what else I might buy to follow on from my two superb TTs......
 

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Any news today, Dan, from your sales guy about your Cayman and when it might eventually arrive? All still quiet here.
 
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