Owning a Porsche 356
The car seen here is a 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S owned by Roger Earl’s daughter Meredith. ‘She bought it seven years ago and says that she’ll never sell it,’ says Roger. ‘It does around 2000 miles a year, going to Goodwood, the Silverstone Classic and other UK events.’
Roger and Meredith spent nearly two years looking and walked away from countless cars before they came across this one. ‘It had been owned by one family from new, originally bought as a toy by a retired gent who also had a Bentley, which he preferred to use. So his wife took on the Porsche and eventually her son had it, but he thought it didn’t have enough grunt, which is why it was put up for sale.
‘It was so original – the interior looks untouched, nothing is rechromed and it came with a big pile of documents. It’s showing 26,000 miles, which seems believable. Quentin doesn’t think that it can possibly be 126,000 miles.
‘But it had been standing for a long time so we asked Porsche specialist Andy Prill to go right through it, recomissioning everything. That took six months and cost £9000 but since then it’s been wonderfully reliable and hasn’t needed anything. Apart from one year when it died on the way to Goodwood with a carburettor problem.
‘It goes back to Andy Prill every two years for a service and I start it up every two weeks in the winter and take it for a drive, on dry days. Including a £3000 carburettor rebuild, it’s averaged around £2000 a year to run since Meredith bought it – parts and good labour are never cheap.’