Own­ing a Porsche 356

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

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.’

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