Gina Pur­cell

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Ox­ford, UK

Model 911 SC

Year 1982

Ac­quired April 2014 Model 964 Car­rera 4 Year 1989 Ac­quired Septem­ber 2004 The an­nual de­bate about win­ter us­age of 911s has be­gun.

I’ve both used and stored my cars over win­ter be­fore.

I used my first

911 3.2 hard, do­ing 50,000 miles in five years. I did lay it up for the first win­ter I owned it, but quickly be­came ir­ri­tated that it wasn’t at my dis­posal at all times. The next 911, a then-15-year-old SC,

was al­ready rusty and wound up as my only car, with un­remit­ting use across all sea­sons and con­di­tions forg­ing a deep bond be­tween us, even af­ter some light ren­o­va­tion. The next 911, a Car­rera 3.2 G50, only lasted one win­ter in my own­er­ship. Then came the 964 C4, which re­ally sucked up a ton of road salt in the first decade of driv­ing and in­clement weather fun. Body­work re­pair cost a five-fig­ure sum and was cov­ered in To­tal 911 four years ago. As was my hus­band’s Car­rera 3.2 three years ago, at sim­i­lar cost, and now my cur­rent SC is about to un­dergo a deeper restora­tion still.

We can’t plead poverty but nei­ther are we wealthy folk; these eye-wa­ter­ing costs were, and shall be, borne out of love for the cars, and are an in­vest­ment in longevity. I’ve seen in­side the bod­ies of two old 911s now, and know the dam­age road salt can do. Mod­ern-porsche folk for­get how old a de­sign the air-cooled cars are, with their ex­posed seams and ledges; per­fect traps await­ing cor­ro­sive salt and wet mud to lie hid­den in for

decades. Dual 911 own­er­ship only works for me by hav­ing one or the other in stor­age, as there’s not enough garag­ing at home. If Wolfi comes home for the du­ra­tion of St­effi’s restora­tion, I’ll lose my stor­age fa­cil­ity space.

Work has just started on St­effi the SC at Riviera Au­to­body, so there’ll be news on that soon. Wolfi sits in stor­age for now, but has had a hand­ful of small prob­lems rec­ti­fied. Dur­ing the re­cent Ir­ish trip the driver’s elec­tric win­dow was get­ting per­ilously sticky and the hand­brake mech­a­nism re­quired at­ten­tion, as did the rear hand­brake shoes and brake pads.

While driv­ing in France last year, the bot­tom of the front bumper got pranged on an out­sized kerb­stone, dis­tort­ing the lower aero slot. I can’t stand to see a 964’s ‘face’ look­ing like it’s bit­ing its bot­tom lip pen­sively! Ire­land’s more ru­ral sin­gle-track roads had re­cently heaped more pain on my bumper woes, but Wolfi now has his aero slot ‘smile’ back, and, thank­fully, so do I.

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