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PORSCHE MEM­O­RIES

Re­cently read­ing the ar­ti­cle on page 24 of Clas­sic Porsche is­sue #35 (May/june 2016) about the blue 1966 2.0-litre 911, I started think­ing about my Porsche past. Now that this year the one mil­lionth 911 has been built and cel­e­brated, with a tip of the hat to the early 911s from the days of Ferry Porsche with the wood in­sert in the dash­board, a wood-rimmed steer­ing wheel and black and white seat up­hol­stery, I thought you might be in­ter­ested in my 1965 911L. The car is from the first 3000 built start­ing in Au­gust 1964, I be­lieve.

I bought it in Au­gust 1970 for a price of 8000 Guilders – that's around 4000€ now – when it had al­ready cov­ered 60,000km. It came with the 130bhp 2.0-litre engine fit­ted with Solex car­bu­ret­tors and the stan­dard five-speed gear­box.

In­side it had the wood panel across the dash­board, the orig­i­nal wood-rimmed steer­ing wheel, the in­stru­ments were green, the seat up­hol­stery de­sign was known in those days as 'Pepita' – and the sound was pure Porsche.

I did not know too much about the his­tory of the car, only that it was spe­cial in as much as the rear fend­ers were mod­i­fied and the track widened us­ing wheel spac­ers. It def­i­nitely looked good.

The bright blue me­tal­lic was beau­ti­ful but al­though I don't think it was the orig­i­nal paint it was very well done. Fur­ther­more the des­ig­na­tion L(uxe) was not orig­i­nal from 1965 I thought – it was only in 1967 that there was the 110bhp bhp 'T', 130bhp 'L' and the 160bhp 'S' from what I re­cently learned.

The (Dutch) 'FN' li­cence plate was is­sued in Oc­to­ber 1965, but the car could have been built months ear­lier. In due time I had the camshafts re­newed, along with the cam chain ten­sion­ers, and had a new steer­ing rack in­talled. That added up to an­other 2500 Guilders cash!

When idling you could hear the fuel pump, and if you placed your hand on the right-hand rear wing, you could feel the heat from the oil tank. I sold the car three years later, and sadly the li­cence num­ber does not ex­ist any more, but who knows, maybe the car was sold to the USA?

Like my clas­sic 1961 Porsche 356 1600 Su­per. I think it was the 75bhp model, with the Kar­mann body and twin-grille engine lid. It was an im­port from Ger­many which I bought in 1968 for just 2500 Guilders. I al­ways opened the back vent win­dows so I could en­joy the sound of the engine even more. I sold it early in 1970 to an Amer­i­can sol­dier who shipped it over­seas.

The pic­tures were taken in Am­s­ter­dam, not far from the (old) Ajax sta­dium. Our foot­ball icon Jo­han Cruyff also owned a Porsche by the way: a red 911T. .. Wim Grund Am­s­ter­dam

“OUR FOOT­BALL ICON JO­HAN CRUYFF ALSO OWNED A RED 911T…”

Keith Seume replies: Many thanks for shar­ing your mem­o­ries. The rear wings (fend­ers) on your 911 look in­ter­est­ing, as dothe wheel cov­ers on the 356!

CRAW­FORD CLUB­SPORT It was a great plea­sure to read the ar­ti­cle about Esler Craw­ford in is­sue #45 of Clas­sic Porsche. Amongst his chronol­ogy of cars there was men­tion of a 3.2 Car­rera Club­sport, which he described by say­ing: 'I did like that car '. Esler will be pleased to know that the car is still run­ning sweetly on the su­perb driv­ing roads we have here in the North West Scot­tish High­lands – we live on the route of the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar NC500!

Esler Craw­ford was the first reg­is­tered keeper of this par­tic­u­lar Club­sport; an­other well known owner was, co­in­ci­den­tally, Gor­don Win­grove, who was part of the John Wyer rac­ing team and au­thor of The Ul­ti­mate Owner 's Guide to the 3.2 Car­rera. Huw Banis­ter Ach­nasheen Scot­land Keith Seume replies: I’m sure Esler will be de­lighted to know his car is alive and well, living amongst such beau­ti­ful scenery.

Wim Grund paid the equiv­a­lent of 4000€ for his 1965 911, and less than third of that for his 356!

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