|My dad's 1964 Porsche 356 SC|
When Porsche introduced the 911, the 356 replacement in 1964, it was almost double the cost of a 356. To keep a more budget minded customer in dealers, Porsche came out with the 912, which shared the 911's new body but carried over the engine and many other parts of the outgoing 356. The final version of the 356 was the SC model, which carried the most powerful motor ever offered in a 356. While not as powerful as the 911's new 6 cyclinder, the 4 banger from the 356 moved the 912 quite well and was lighter giving the 912 a lively feel. 1964 was the last year of the 356, 1965 the first year of the 912.
Now for the personal tale.
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|My beloved MR2|
When we returned to school after fall break, Tyson drove up to the dorms in, you guessed it, a blue 1965 Porsche 912. Of course I was enthralled. He told me it was his dad's and I shared the story of my pop's 356. That night I called my dad and he related the above story to me. Turns out Tyson's father kept the 912 all those years and passed it down. I had no such luck. Before, I was bummed about my dad selling the 356, but after seeing Tyson's car and hearing the tale, you can imagine how that has changed our family's conversation about those cars!
My fantasy's of my dad's cars are what got me into sportscars as well. I briefly had a Porsche 924 then a MG Midget in high school. When I got home from my mission in Chile, I got a Toyota MR2. Someday I'll get another project and hold onto it, pass it down to my kid.
I've attempted to track down my dad's yellow Porsche. There weren't too many SC's made in yellow. I've found one or two that maybe the car but we don't have a VIN to make sure. My ultimate dream would be to find the exact car, restore it and give to my dad. What an awesome story ending that would make!
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