Every Car I’ve Ever Owned: Porsche Racer And Builder Leh Keen

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My philosophy for the purchase of cars has really led me to mostly owning Porsche 911s. Granted, I do own a few Japanese cars and have owned many AMG and BMW M cars, but ultimately everything boils down to me wanting more 911s because of all the experiences I’ve had with them. The Porsches I’ve owned have ranged from a 1970 911 T to a 2022 911 GT3 and just about everything in between.

[Ed note: This is a new featured called “Every Car I’ve Ever Owned” where we feature someone interesting who tells us their car buying philosophy and gives us a list of every car they’ve ever owned. First up is Lehman McGrath Keen III (better known as Leh Keen). A Georgia native, he’s currently racing in the 2022 Porsche Carrera Cup for 311RS Motorsport and is the main progenitor of the Porsche 911 “safari” craze with his Keen Project 911s. Highlights of his career include three sports car championships in the United States, a class win at the Nurburgring 24, and a class podium at the 2010 24 hours of Le Mans in a Ferrari F430. He’s also low-key one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet at a race track. I worked with him on Proving Grounds and count myself lucky to know him.- MH]

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The things I look for when purchasing a car are: Usability, excitement of driving, potential value gain, and ease of maintenance. The 911, for me, is the undisputed king of all four of those areas. If you look at a 993 RS for example, the cost of entry is very high–More than a Diablo or a 355 Ferrari–but the usability and cost of ownership is fractional compared to those two and pretty much everything else in the same category. There are no guarantees in life or in the used car market, but I suspect the 993 RS will steadily increase in value.

Keenproject911 I’ve seen the same trend from 911s at a much lower price point as well. They are sound investment but, honestly, the main reason I keep buying them is I just love how they drive and how reliable they are. Not only can you drive them, you can drive them hard. I can’t say the same for other cars I own like my R32 Skyline. I should also mention my 1985 two-door Mercedes G-Wagon because there’s also something fun about going very slow.

My WRC Subaru Impreza was a childhood dream come true but, at the same time, I was also very conscious of the investment. Even though I do currently own six Porsche 911s I do believe variety is key, which is why I have the G wagon and the Skyline. Neither are as good of an investment as the 911s financially, but that shouldn’t be the only reason you buy cars.  Lastly, I daily drive a pretty base black on black Audi Q7 because I don’t want to stand out every single day just driving around town. Plus, the cops don’t pay much attention to it, either!

CURRENTLY OWNED CARS:

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2021 Audi Q7
1985 Mercedes G wagon

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1970 Porsche 911 T (racecar)
1981 Porsche 911 SC Safari
1992 Porsche Carrera RS NGT

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1995 Porsche Carrera RS
2008 Porsche GT3 RS
2022 Porsche GT3

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1990 Nissan Skyline GTR
2002 Subaru S8 WRC

OWNED IN THE PAST:

1994 Mercedes E320

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1999 BMW M3
1994 Toyota Supra
1989 Nissan 240SX
2005 Subaru STi

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2007 VW Touareg
2009 BMW M3
2004 Subaru STi
2007 Mercedes E63
2012 Audi A6

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1990 Porsche 911 C2
1989 Porsche Carrera 3.2
2016 Mercedes E63
2017 Subaru Crosstrek
2019 Volvo XC90
1998 Carrera S

All photos courtesy of Leh Keen.

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17 Responses

  1. Wow. Joyful lust list. Neat feature to me. Safari 911’s have had a special place in my unrealistic fantasies for a very long time. Fast wagons are the embodiment of quiet and humble elite capability, like that soft spoken league MVP who has an earnest man to man conversation with you, a stranger with a common interest in something other than his sport. Skyline, Supra, M3, WRC! What a fun focused collection.

  2. How about random readers with lots of weird vehicle histories:
    1989 Suzuki Samurai Hardtop
    198? Dodge K-Car
    198? Chevy Pickup
    1987 Audi GT Coupe
    1999 Dodge Dakota Sport
    1993 Chevy Cavalier Z24 Convertible
    199? Plymouth Sundance 4 Door
    1982 Chevy Caprice
    1996 Jeep Cherokee Sport
    2004 Saturn Ion 1
    2007 Scion tC
    2011 Mazda 3
    2008 Subaru Outback Sport
    2001 Honda Civic
    2010 Mazda CX-9
    2013 Chevy Sonic LT
    1997 Volvo 940
    2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
    2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk
    2020 Dodge Durango SXT
    2021 Jeep Cherokee 85th Anniversary Edition
    2003 Honda Civic LX
    2004 Jeep Wrangler X

  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Leh at a track day for Z nationals when he had the e92 and was trying for a track record with a r35. Didn’t get a ride along but it was fun watching him run so much faster than everyone else that day.

  4. That was the best M3 generation anyway. And there is a lazy comfort in an E Class wagon for the wife, kids and dog. So I can see why that’s on the list. You can probably graph these vehicles chronologically over time, with weight and size as a function of marriage and subsequent progeny.

    I refuse to do the math, but I’m sure the scatter plot bears me out on this.

    1. I’d be more interested in unexpected people with quirky car histories. I mean, sure, Leh currently has, and previously had, an impressive collection, but it’s more or less what you would expect a Porsche driver to have owned.

      I find it more interesting to discover that someone completely unexpected is a closet car nut. Seems like with Beau’s business in LA, he would be able to provide some leads.

    2. Matt, how about all of you guys! We know what most of you currently have, but what have you had.

      My list (in order):
      1982 Honda Accord Hatchback
      1988 Nissan Stanza
      1987 Honda Accord
      1988 Saab 900 Turbo
      1991 Isuzu Trooper
      1995? Civic Del Sol
      Rentals while living in europe, I can’t recall…
      —> 2004? Opel Astra (had this one the longest)
      1992 Honda Accord Wagon (stolen)
      1997 Audi A4 Sedan
      1998 Audi A4 Wagon (totalled by a cop)
      1994 Toyota Pickup (current)
      2002 Saturn SL1
      2006 BMW 530 XiT (current wagon)
      2012 Cadillac CTS 3.slow Base (6spd!) (current)

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