Visiting the Porsche dealership in Palo Alto is the Sunday act of faith for Silicon Valley's true believers. And the Sunday after the Nasdaq's Big Dip, Carlsen Motor Cars was as busy as ever. Ron Burton, a Carlsen veteran, was in an upbeat mood, having already booked several sales that morning. Burton had endured a steep drop-off in sales in the early 1990s, when Apple Computer and the rest of the Valley tanked. He had suffered a slew of cancelled orders after Netscape's 1996 crash.
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