Maddie lent it to Dave to drive home after they drove back to her house (following the garage incident). She then said she'd have somebody pick it up the next day.
This may be a question that was answered within the first few episodes, and if so I'll probably kick myself and laugh for forgetting it, but do we really ever see her driving this car again? Did she sell it? What happened? (If she still had the red car around the time of her trouble paying the property taxes on her house, she could have sold it, I bet that would have gotten a pretty penny. Just a thought. But I guess that wouldn't have worked, because they decided to write the story another way by the time "Brother" rolled around.)
I say this because for most of the rest of the series, we see her driving the silver BMW as her car; sometimes it's also used as the company car. I just can't for the life of me remember what the heck happened to the red one. (That was nice... )
In season 5, Maddie says she never recalled seeing Davids car, and he says he sold it, or that the repair shop took it since he couldnt pay the repairs. In the pilot, the reason he has to give her the car is because she´s shutting down the business.
My point is, what if he got the car so that they would each have one and he immediately had to repair it and never could afford to pick it up again? Just a theory.
I remember Maddie saying something to David about getting rid of "the company car" and him wailing "the PORSCHE?!" so I'd always assumed that he didn't actually own it, but rather had bought it on the agency's dime. I can't recall ever seeing it again after the pilot episode; they're always riding around in Maddie's BMW.
I was watching "Read the Mind..." the other day and they were using a red car as their getaway car after the jumping in the pool in their underwear incident (don't you wonder where they hid the car keys?), but the taillights were wrong for the Porsche we saw in the pilot; I believe the red car in "RtM" was actually a Corvette, but it's shown so briefly that I couldn't say for certain.
So maybe Maddie de-Porsche'd David, but he turned around and got Corvetted? (My husband's theory is that it was a rental.)
That's right, it was a 'vette. Now I remember! Looks like the production powers that were couldn't commit to what Dave should be driving, and finally came to the more interesting, simpler and economical solution of him using the company car, most often in the company of Ms. Hayes.
Regardless, storywise, I see Maddie selling both the Porsche and 'vette right out from under him! Although I seriously have to wonder how David gets around L.A. without a car of his own (mass transit is not this city's strength, I'm afraid). Unless of course he drives the company car home...
Early in the pilot, Maddie's bronzy-silver BMW was taken by her driver as collateral when her checks bounced. Her lawyer said he would take care of getting it back for her and loaned her his car which was the white Jaguar. Maddie asks David to return all company cars and he says, "not the Porsche!" which was the red car in the pilot. David also refers to "both of them?!" in this conversation. So, I assume the red Corvette seen in "Read the Mind" was the other company car. I guess we can presume that Maddie sold both the Porsche and the Corvette. However, I seem to remember that in the episode with Gillian that David is driving the red Corvette when he meets Gillian in the park. Will have to rewatch it and see. Having lived at one time in LA for many years, it is ridiculous that David doesn't have a car, but I think the writers suspended reality there for the sake of all of those great in car bicker-fests that we know and love.