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“I HOPE THAT HERB IS GETTING A COMMISSION…”
The article about a Porsche ʻcontinuationʼ by Zagato in your last issue ( Continuation Coupé, issue #48) raises some issues that your readers should know about. They are as follows:
It states that the 356 Carrera GTL ʻAbarthʼ cars were bodied by Zagato. This is incorrect. While the prototype was made for Abarth by a small workshop to Scaglioneʼs design, the production series was bodied by Turinʼs Rocco Motto.
In the revival of the open-bodied roadster built by Zagato for Claude Storez, no mention is made of the initiative of American car racer and collector Herb Wetanson. It was he who commissioned Zagato to build a replica of the Storez car in 2012. I hope that Herb is getting a commission on the eight other cars that Zagato has made!
Zagato is challenging reality in its designation of its coupé version as a ʻSanction IIʼ vehicle. That term refers to a continuation of an existing model by its original manufacturer. To base such a designation on a drawing found in the files is extremely cheeky. Yes, itʼs a great-looking car but not a ʻSanction IIʼ version of anything. Karl Ludvigsen, Bury St Edmunds Keith Seume replies: Thanks for the correction, Karl. It looks like everyone is getting in on the ‘sanction’ bandwagon – all I know is that I’d love to have one of the new Zagato-bodied 356s in my garage. Well, a man can dream…
CLASSIC TYRE CHOICE
I have to first of all say how much I enjoy reading your magazine. I have read it from issue #2 (I missed the first issue, and have been searching for it ever since) and like the mix of Porsches, and the obvious enthusiasm with which it is written. Well done to all concerned.
I have a question for you. Recently I acquired my second Porsche, a 1968 911 which I found on the local Craigslist website. It is in reasonably good condition considering it has been sitting outside for several months (years, most likely), fortunately in a dry climate. The interior was toast, the sun having done its worst, and the paint was none too good, but I have managed to carry out a ʻrolling restorationʼ which has meant that I have been able to enjoy the car while bringing it back to life.
My question now that sheʼs on the road is what tyres do you recommend? I realise that they are a matter of personal choice but as the car was wearing some rather oversized nondescript American radials (General, or some such!), I need to fit something a little more in keeping with the car ʼs character and performance. In the USA, tyre choice for early cars appears to be quite limited but I am in the fortunate position of being able to have parts shipped over from Europe at no cost (I am in the military), so have begun to look at European tyres.
Do you have any personal preferences, based on personal experience? Iʼd welcome any suggestions you can offer. Mike Johnson, via E-mail Keith Seume replies: Glad you like the magazine, Mike. Keep scouring ebay for that elusive first issue! When it comes to tyres for early 911s, we are quite spoiled for choice right now, with Pirelli offering a fine selection of remakes of their classic radials – regular contributor Steve Wright opted to use Pirelli CN36S on his 2.2 911S, while I am currently using Blockley radials, with which I am very pleased. You might like to take a look at the feature we ran in issue #42 entitled ‘Retro Rubber’, which looked at the classic tyres currently available from Pirelli.
I enjoyed the article about the Gulf cars and in particular seeing the variations of colour schemes in issue #47 ( A Touch of Blue and
Orange, page 48). In common with Delwyn Mallett, I share a background in graphics, so I recognised the information on colours he suggested for fans of the blue and orange.
Sadly, theyʼre unusable today as P030 is the mark for ICI Autocolor, a long discontinued range of cellulose paint. The constituent parts no longer exist, so even with that formula the colours are impossible to mix. Mike Fairholme, via E-mail
FIRST EDITION REPRINT?
Keith Seume replies: Poor Mallett is now tearing out what little is left of his hair. Just when he thought he’d cracked it… Along with many other readers (well, I presume this to be the case), I missed the first issue of the magazine. Can you tell me if you have any plans to reprint it? I am sure there would be a big demand for such an item. Every time I look at my bookshelf, there is this gap where #1 should be… Kevin Ashlock, via E-mail Keith Seume replies: Sadly, the costs of reprinting the issue are prohibitive. As with Mike Johnson above, all we can suggest is scouring ebay…