On New Year’s Eve 2013, a special delivery arrived for the Mackrells. As they sat atop North Head with their two daughters, they watched a container ship weave its way into the Waitemata Harbour after a long journey from Los Angeles carrying their long-awaited 356 cabriolet.
The 356 was Porsche’s first production sports car, and was manufactured from 1948 to 1965. The first versions are known as ‘Pre-a’ models, with the 356A introduced in late 1955. The A was later followed by the 356B in late 1959, and then the 356C in 1964.
David and Michelle’s love for 356s had grown via many road miles in their ruby red 1962 356 coupé, a concours team car in 2007. Having decided to try to find an early cabriolet version, they had entrusted Kip Colvey — owner of 356 restoration business One at a Time — with the task of finding them a suitable 356A cabriolet. Kip was able to track down their 1958 356A cabriolet in Colorado through a connection with a US restorer. The restoration hadn’t been completed to concours specification, and there were a few areas that needed attention before compliance could be obtained, which meant some work would need doing, with Precision Autowerk and Kip at One at a Time tasked with the job.
The 356 is finished in a beautiful hue, Fjord Green, which was Ferdinand Porsche’s favourite colour. Because of this, the late Porsche founder has been honoured on David and Michelle’s car with the personalized plate ‘FERRYP’.
David’s love of Porsche runs deep. He bought his first Porsche — a 924 — when he was just 20 years old. From there, he joined the club and became properly involved when he moved to Auckland in the mid ’90s, after which he bought his first 911 SC. David is happy to admit that the club plays a big part in his and his family’s lives — indeed, it’s almost part of the family. David and Michelle’s two girls attend events with the couple and have become as passionate about the brand as anyone. Both David and Michelle have been involved in the Porsche Club committee at one time or another for over 15 years. Their garage ain’t half bad either, with matching daily-drive 996 Turbos and the 356 alongside some other impressive metal, including a GT3 Cup car which David uses to compete in the Pirelli Porsche Championship.
David is extremely proud of, and grateful to, the Porsche Club’s members around concours time, when everyone comes together to get the competing cars ready, amply illustrating the camaraderie within the group. Indeed, Mike Bitossi and Rodger Anderson spent around two weeks in David and Michelle’s