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[EN] 1,500,000 km & 40 years of history: Porsche 356

I couldn’t let this slip through my hands – because I cherish my car as well and think about driving her until the end of the days (her days, at least).  Last year I wrote an article about an American who drives his Volvo P1800S even now, after 4,800,000 km. I thought that was something. Today I had the surprise to discover another one, of course, a classic one – thanks to petrolicious.com ‘ s article. Ladies and gents, I present to you today this stunning Porsche 356 with more than 1 million miles on board.

Bought by his father directly from dealer in 1964, this can easily be called a heritage, because the car is in the family for almost 40 years now and it’s being used as a daily car! This happens in San Pedro, California – the county where you can find some amazing occasions for riding a classic, doesn’t matter if it’s being used in a vacation mode or daily go-to-work style.

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With exactly 1,577,000 kilometers on board – well, 980,000 miles for the car – 40 years of activity, three engine rebuilds, the car stands out from the crowd, and still provides a sensational feeling for everyone who drives her – despite the modest engine output – 75HP (1,6 liters engine). Because when she was built, it wasn’t all about power and torque, but more about the overall feeling. That was inherited from father to son, the reason why this car is so beloved by her heritor.  We can only say that the owner – Guy Newmark – shows a clear dedication to this brand in particular, as he also owns the 356B cabrio version, so this is not the only Porsche you can find in his garage.

In the end, it’s beautiful to discover friendships like this one, that have lots and lots of history and stories to be told, and I promise that I will bring them upfront whenever I will have the occasion to do so. Until then, enjoy the photo shoot.

Courtesy to petrolicious.com for source and pictures.

 

46 ani de prietenie si 4,800,000 km petrecuti impreuna: Gordon & Volvo P1800S

Multi dintre noi vad in masina un consumabil, care se schimba la cativa ani – circa cinci cel mult. Insa exista si acel procent din populatie pentru care masina reprezinta mai mult decat un obiect de care te poti debarasa fara probleme la o anume perioada de timp, persoane care isi trateaza masina ca pe cel mai bun prieten, avand grija de ea cu o atentie sporita. Din aceasta ultima categorie face parte si Irv Gordon, un american a carui pasiune o putem vedea in cei 4,8 milioane de kilometrii parcursi cu Volvo-ul lui P1800S, nascut in 1966.

Cum? Cu grija. A vazut in masina un companion de cursa lunga, care, tratat si ingrijit cu atentie, ii va arata aceeasi dragoste pe care acesta i-a impartasit-o de-a lungul timpului. Si asa a fost.

Masina a cumparat-o cand avea doar 25 de ani, pe 30 Iunie 1966, cand P1800S reprezenta pe vremea aceea un proiect destul de amplu si ambitios al suedezilor de la Volvo. Lansat in 1961, modelul urma dupa P1900, un flops de proportii (au fost vandute numai 68 de unitati pe toata productia).

Iata ca frumosul lui coupe l-a insotit timp de 40 de ani, 4,8 milioane de km si l-a ajutat sa intre si in cartea recordurilor, in 1998, pe cand avea la bord doar 2,719,791 km. Pe unde i-a facut? A strabatut America in lung si in lat, prin toate statele, ba chiar a zburat pana in Europa cu micul Volvo, totul pentru pura lui placere. Si nu, nu-l dau banii afara din casa, Irvin fiind un profesor de scoala generala pensionat. El a facut doar ceea ce noi visam: si-a urmarit placerile si visele, masina i-a multumit si l-a rasplatit cu fidelitate si tovarasie in cei 46 de ani de prietenie.

Asa poveste mai rar gasim…