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Spe­cial de­liv­ery

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’.

Pas­sion

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

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