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Fol­low­ing the birth of his first daugh­ter back in 1989, like so­many Porsche own­ers, Martin Ad­di­son soon learned that a 911 is not ex­actly the ideal fam­ily car. As there was no roomto fit in a pushchair and all the other chil­drelated para­pher­na­lia, he had

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Martin Ad­di­son and his sec­ond time around mar­tini-striped 911SC

Back in 1986, Martin Ad­di­son was a hard-work­ing 21-yearold who had saved all his hard earned cash to pur­chase his dream car, a Porsche 911. Martin com­mented, ‘I spot­ted a sil­ver ’78 SC ad­ver­tised for sale and im­me­di­ately fell for it. How­ever, it was priced at £10k, which was ab­so­lutely all I could af­ford...and then some!’ He con­tin­ued, ‘To put things into perspective, you could buy a de­cent house here in Es­sex for £30k back then, so a £10k used Porsche was quite an in­vest­ment for a young guy!’

The SC model was launched in ’78 and es­sen­tially re­placed the out­go­ing 3-litre Carrera 3 and 2.7-litre 911 mod­els hence, de­spite be­ing 8-years old when Martin picked it up, this was still a rel­a­tively freshlook­ing 911. And, thanks to the 180bhp, 3- litre mo­tor, the SC was ca­pa­ble of out­run­ning all but the most se­ri­ous of sports cars – in short, this was a whole lot of awe­some for a 21-year-old!

Over the next few years Martin en­joyed driv­ing his SC as of­ten as pos­si­ble and main­tained it ex­actly as any dot­ing en­thu­si­ast would – it was a well-loved car, which was al­ways pol­ished, buffed and kept in tip-top or­der.

Martin told us, ‘My first daugh­ter, Kirsty, was born in ’89 and, de­spite my best ef­forts, I sim­ply couldn’t make the Porsche work as a fam­ily car’. And so, in 1990, Martin de­cided that he had no op­tion but to sell his beloved Porsche, and to pur­chase a more sen­si­ble ve­hi­cle in which to trans­port his grow­ing young fam­ily.

Martin of­ten thought about the Porsche he once owned and al­ways promised him­self that he’d own an­other one day – per­haps when the chil­dren were a lit­tle older and he could af­ford to run a 911 as a sec­ond car. Martin ex­plained, ‘Some years later, I was by chance hav­ing my fam­ily car ser­viced at a lo­cal garage when the me­chanic said, “Martin, I hear you once owned a Porsche? Well, the guy you sold it to still owns it and is think­ing of putting it up for sale” – I was speech­less!’ He con­tin­ued, ‘This was in Au­gust of 1998, which just hap­pened to be when the new ‘S’regis­tra­tion had just been launched…and there I was, buying back my ‘old S’ regis­tra­tion ve­hi­cle!’ Martin hadn’t ever con­sid­ered the fact that one day the very same car might be­come avail­able again – and he cer­tainly wasn’t ac­tively look­ing for a Porsche at that point – but faced with a once-in-a-life­time chance like this, he sim­ply couldn’t let it pass.

Back at his home in Hornchurch, Es­sex,

Martin parked the SC in his garage and re­flected upon his good for­tune. He’d al­ways re­gret­ted sell­ing the car and now he had been given the op­por­tu­nity to pick up where he’d left off, hence he was adamant that it would not be leav­ing him again!

Over the next 15 years Martin con­tin­ued to en­joy the car and even treated it to some en­gine work and a stain­less steel ex­haust etc, how­ever, the body­work was be­gin­ning to show its age, hence he de­cided that it was time to call on the skills of Bruce Cooper at Sport­wa­gen in Southend. He com­mented, ‘The orig­i­nal plan was to tidy it up and maybe leave the roof in the orig­i­nal paint but, as things pro­gressed, I de­cided that the car de­served to be treated to a full ex­te­rior re­paint in­stead’.

The SC had a few mi­nor rust is­sues, there­fore Bruce fit­ted a fresh pair of sills and re­placed the off­side front wing (as the orig­i­nal had some cor­ro­sion just be­low the head­light bowl). Once happy with the met­al­work, a fresh coat of the orig­i­nal Z2Z2 sil­ver metal­lic basecoat was ap­plied prior to sev­eral coats of clear, which was buffed to per­fec­tion. The paint­work was com­pleted in 2013 and, 5-years on, it looks as if it has just rolled out of the ’booth.

By now you’ll have no­ticed the Mar­tini stripes, which cer­tainly make this car stand out from the crowd! Martin ex­plained, ‘I re­ally liked the old Mar­tini stripe kit hence I was keen to in­clude them sec­ond-time around’. He con­tin­ued, ‘A guy by the name of Rick Can­nell at High­gate House came down to Sport­wa­gen and made a com­plete set of tem­plates around the body of my car, which he used to replicate the 1978 M42op­tion stripe kit’. Sport­wa­gen care­fully fit­ted the fresh de­cals, which are most cer­tainly the key talk­ing point when­ever Martin bumps into other Porschep­hiles to­day!

Mar­tini Rac­ing has been an ac­tive mo­tor­sport spon­sor since the late 1960s, and the link with Porsche was se­cured thanks to the iconic Porsche 917 race team in the early ’70s. When it comes to road­go­ing Porsches in Mar­tini livery, most peo­ple im­me­di­ately think of the iconic 911 Turbo cars of the mid–late ’70s. How­ever, Turbo mod­els aside, be­tween 1978 and 1983 it was also pos­si­ble to or­der a new Grand Prix White or black 911SC with the M42 (World Championship stripes) op­tion. In­ter­est­ingly, Porsche also listed the stripes as a retro-fit op­tion, hence deal­ers and

You could buy a house in Es­sex for £30k, so a £10k Porsche was quite an in­vest­ment for a young guy back then

pri­vate own­ers could fit them to ve­hi­cles painted in other colours, too.

One thing is for sure, the stripes look great over the sil­ver paint on Martin’s SC and re­ally add a unique touch to the over­all pack­age. We cer­tainly can’t re­mem­ber the last time we spot­ted a Mar­tini-striped car on the road and, given the re­ac­tions of other road-users as we fol­lowed Martin through “Hornchurch, it would ap­pear that we’re not alone, as this car re­ally turns some heads!

Chat­ting with Martin, we were sur­prised to learn that the 16-in Fuchs (6-in front, 7-in rear) have not been sub­jected to any restora­tion or re­fur­bish­ment work since they were first fit­ted to the car 40 years ago. Sim­i­larly, the in­te­rior of this car is prac­ti­cally all orig­i­nal and in very good shape through­out. Slip­ping into the car is like en­ter­ing a time cap­sule – it looks, feels and even smells just like you’d imag­ine it would have back in the late ’70s/early ’80s. And that’s a unique trait of a well­main­tained sur­vivor, which you sim­ply can’t replicate when over­haul­ing a project from the ground up.

Sure, the seats are clearly used, but the leather is in great shape for a ve­hi­cle of this age with pre­cious lit­tle wear to the bol­sters etc. Sim­i­larly, the Pasha (also known as ‘Schachbrett’ or ‘checker­board’) seat in­serts are far from thread-bare, and that vivid (al­most mind-al­ter­ing!) black and white trim is ev­ery bit as al­lur­ing as the Mar­tini stripes on the ex­te­rior.

Martin said, ‘When I bought the car back, the orig­i­nal ra­dio had stopped work­ing and I didn’t want to al­ter the dash­board or fit a more mod­ern unit’. He con­tin­ued, ‘For­tu­nately I was able to find a lo­cal elec­tron­ics spe­cial­ist that man­aged to fix the ra­dio, al­though the cas­sette deck was deemed to be be­yond rea­son­able re­pair – but who lis­tens to cas­sette tapes these days, anyway?’ Better still, the orig­i­nal head unit was retro-fit­ted with an ipod ca­ble, i.e. 53-year-old Martin now has an ipod playlist fea­tur­ing the same nos­tal­gic ‘driv­ing tunes’ that 21-year-old Martin had once recorded on a cas­sette mix-tape...hence, with the win­dows down on a sunny day and with mu­sic play­ing through the orig­i­nal sound sys­tem and speak­ers, this retro-ride looks, feels and sounds just like it did back in ’86!

In clos­ing we asked Martin if he had any fu­ture plans for his SC. He told us, ‘I think I’ll have the fan pol­ished and de­tail the en­gine a lit­tle, but that’s about all…oh, and it’s def­i­nitely not for sale – this one is a keeper...’ PW

This retro-ride looks, feels and sounds just like it did back in ’86

Martin Ad­di­son’s 911SC sec­ond time around. They say you should never look back, but there has to be some ex­cep­tions to that rule

Right: Martin and daugh­ter, Kirsty, to­day and in 1989 (mid­dle), when Martin soon re­alised that the SC was never go­ing to cut it as a fam­ily car

Above: Don’t look at the Pasha trim for too long, it might make you a bit dizzy! Right: Martin’s SC is an early ex­am­ple, so has the 180bhp, 3-litre flat-six

Left: Hope­fully the space­saver now com­plies with GB law! Mar­tini stripes are a defin­ing fea­ture and were ex­pertly recre­ated by Porsche de­cal ex­perts, High­gate House

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