If you own a Porsche, you are likely to know there is lots of legacy behind both the name and car. I have always questioned myself, what is the World’s Most Classic Porsche?
Surprisingly, the world’s most classic Porsche isn’t the very first one built. It isn’t even the first of a model ever built. It isn’t the first color ever used or for that matter the one driven by the inventor. A matter of fact, it happens to be a car still used on the road today, suffered dings and dents, and not owned by a collector like Jay Leno or Jerry Sienfield. Its not a PCA car or registered as a classic car. It doesn’t even have its original engine and comes complete with a crack dash. Its had several owners, smokes a little, leaks a little and steering is tough. It has rust, loose and missing screws, and on its windshield a $52.00 parking ticket.
It is a classic Porsche that needs a valve adjustment, new wiring, brake pads and a new clutch plate. The doors need door latches and the radio has been long missing. The floor mats are torn and you can see rust in all the familiar places like battery boxes and under the floor plan. The muffler have holes in them and the CV boots show a tear. The bumpers are askew, and there is a cracked fog light.
The seat belts are twisted up and the tires are in need of replacement. Its not a neglected car, nor one that has been over driven. Its a car that the window cranks have broken knobs and the headliner is starting to sag. Don’t try operating the glove box light, because the light been broken for years and don’t expect heat, as that has been unhooked since day one. There is a radio, it hasn’t worked and the clock is permanently set ten minutes after ten.
Its a car without a garage and one that runs a bit rich. You get a popping sound behind the muffler while you feel a bit of shuttering at the steering, plus when changing lanes you have manually reset the turn signal lights. Its hood shocks are well worn. Missing in the glove box is any owner’s manual. You can find a tool set is in the car, but unfortunately it is missing half the tools.
The Worlds Most Classic Porsche is your Porsche. As you are its friend and it is yours.
It is a car that you can drive from point A to point B and you are happy. You like the sound it makes and your intrinsic relationship with its engine. It is a car that you adore its look. It is a car that you don’t mind washing after a slight rain or that you fill up with gas and drive to nowhere special. It is like a home.. in your own mind.