IN­SPIRED BY A PORSCHE

A LO­CAL EX­PER­I­MENT HAS RE­SULTED IN THE BIG COUSIN OF PORSCHE’ S RS60

New Zealand Classic Car - - Kits And Pieces -

Pe­ter An­drews is a well-known car builder who has de­signed many cars, such as the Asco Aura, the Patero ( New Zealand Clas­sic Car Is­sue No. 317), and the MX-A ( New Zealand

Clas­sic Car Is­sue No. 333). His fa­ther, Phil An­drews, played a ma­jor role in the de­sign of per­haps New Zealand’s most fa­mous pro­duc­tion SUV, the Trekka. Although it is be­lieved that Pete has blood some­where in his veins, it has been al­most to­tally re­placed by petrol. Pete has for­got­ten how many cars he has owned, but some­where in the mix was a Nash Met­ro­pol­i­tan, and, be­sides a Trekka, one of the cars he cur­rently owns is a Re­liant Scim­i­tar.

The car fea­tured in this story is unique in that it is the first car that Pete has not built from scratch. He first saw the car, which was ad­ver­tised as a Porsche RS60 replica, on Trade Me, and he re­ally liked the shape. The per­son sell­ing it, Brian Terry, was sell­ing it on be­half of his fa­ther, who was a great fan of the RS60. The body had orig­i­nally been de­signed to be mounted onto a VW floor­pan in a sim­i­lar way to the many beach bug­gies that were de­signed and built in the 1960s and ’ 70s. Un­for­tu­nately, Brian’s fa­ther had be­come quite ill and was no longer ca­pa­ble of fin­ish­ing it.

The fact that it was sit­ting on a VW chas­sis did not pro­voke real in­spi­ra­tion in Pete, but he had al­ways been a keen fol­lower of all things Porsche. One of his great­est mem­o­ries was when his fa­ther came to pick him up one day af­ter school in a Porsche. How­ever, of the four An­drews sib­lings, Pete’s sis­ter was the only one who had walked to school that day, the oth­ers had biked. She got the ride home and Pete was left to pedal home fu­ri­ously on his bi­cy­cle, hop­ing that the car would still be there when he ar­rived. Thus be­gan his pas­sion for the mar­que.

Trade Me trade

As he looked at this part-fin­ished car on Trade Me many decades later, Pete was in­trigued. He knew of the Porsche 550 Spy­der, made fa­mous by James Dean, but had never heard of the RS60; not sur­pris­ing re­ally, as only about 16 had been man­u­fac­tured by Porsche in 1960. While

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