Garage: Mychanic floor jack works as handsomely as it looks

The Mychanic floor jack quickly lifted the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos
Light work: the Mychanic floor jack lifting the rear of my Porsche 356 | Bob Golfen photos

When I unpacked the Mychanic 2T Hybrid Floor Jack and stood back, my first thought was, “Now, that’s a good-looking floor jack.” I don’t recall ever having that thought before.

Because really, a floor jack is usually just a piece of functionality. The Mychanic jack, however, is an uncommonly handsome piece.  But does it work as well as it looks? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1963 Porsche Super 90 coupe

The Porsche is painted in its original factory color of Smyrna Green
The Porsche is painted in its original factory color of Smyrna Green

The Super 90 was the hot setup for Porsche in 1963 as the automaker’s seminal 356 neared the end of its run, bowing out to the 911 in 1965. While 90 horsepower might not sound like much, the output of the sturdy 1,600 flat four is fairly robust when the car weighs just 2,000 pounds.

The Pick of the Day is a 1963 Porsche 356 Super 90 coupe that was fully restored in 2012 and well-maintained since, according to the seller, a well-known classic-Porsche dealer in Costa Mesa, California. Continue reading

First Porsche Werks Reunion on Amelia Island scores big time

A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the  Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos
A sea of Porsches greeted fans and spectators to the Werks Reunion | Bob Golfen photos

Porsche fanatics are a competitive bunch, and not just in racing. So, after watching three years of West Coast success for the Porsche Werks Reunion during Monterey Car Week, the East Coast contingent of the Porsche Club of America decided to have its own gathering of the faithful on Amelia Island during Florida’s car extravaganza.

The inaugural Porsche Werks Reunion Amelia Island took place Friday on a golf-course fairway at the Omni Amelia Island Resort, just south of where Gooding & Company held its upscale collector car auction at the same time, including a number of choice Porsche cars for sale. Later in the day, the Amelia Island auction that sponsored the Werks Reunion, Hollywood Wheels, would hold a sale of desirable Porsches. Continue reading

Vintage racers will reunite on Drive Toward a Cure road rally

Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos
Dick Cupp raced his Porsche roadster in vintage events at Monterey | Drive Toward the Cure photos

Dick Cupp says it didn’t take a hard sell to convince his fellow vintage racing veterans Steve Schmidt and Max Jamiesson to join him in filing entries for the inaugural Drive Toward a Cure, a lifestyle/road rally event scheduled for April 28-30 in California.

Funds raised through the event will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation and The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored
The Porsche Speedster is said to have been meticulously restored

Dear Santa:

With Christmas Eve coming right up, I’m sure you’re plenty busy loading up the sleigh, but just give me a minute. I’ve been good this year (relatively speaking), so here is what I would really, really like to find under my tree Christmas morning (or maybe in the driveway would be better).

It’s the Pick of the Day, a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster fresh out of restoration. Yeah, I know that ratty-but-running Speedsters seem to be all the rage, ala Jerry Seinfeld and such, but I would prefer a sweetly restored one that’s all ready to go and not held together by duct tape. Continue reading

Now there are seven: Worldwide announces Scottsdale auction

An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide's no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions
An early 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be among Worldwide’s no reserve offerings | Worldwide Auctions

Worldwide Auctions has announced that it is adding its gavel to Arizona Auction Week, with a sale of about 80 collector cars set for January 18 in Scottsdale’s Old Town district.

That will bring to seven the number of auctions that take place in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area during the annual old-car festival, more than any similar cluster of collector car sales in the U.S.; the Monterey, California, area hosts five auctions during Pebble Beach Concours week. Continue reading

Sought-after Porsches lead boutique Bonhams auction

A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos
A 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster reached more than $650,000 | Bonhams photos

Porsches led Bonhams’ fourth annual auction Friday in Zoute, Belgium, with a concours-winning 1955 356 Speedster leading the sale with a stunning result of $654,500, including auction fee, further confirming the rising values of these iconic sports cars.

The Zoute sale is a boutique event with just 30 lots of cars and automotive collectibles offered, of which 28 sold. Bonhams did not release a total-sales figure, although adding up the individual results listed on the company’s website figured out to $5.05 million for the entire auction. Continue reading

Porsche survivors, old and new, offered by Auctions America

The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America
The 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster had one owner for nearly six decades | Teddy Pieper/Auctions America

Two Porsche sports cars from opposite ends of the collector car spectrum, a 1957 356A 1600 Speedster “barn find” in picturesque condition and a 2004 Carrera GT in brand-new condition, will be offered by Auctions America during its Hilton Head Island sale November 5 in South Carolina.

The auction takes place during the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance. The sale is described by Auctions America as a “boutique event” with just 120 cars up for bidding, a small number by the auction company’s usual standards. Continue reading

Prototype Porsche 356/912 ‘missing link’ at Mecum auction

The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos
The Porsche 356/912 was one of six prototypes built for the upcoming 912 model | Mecum Auctions photos

Porsche prices have been on a dramatic rise in recent years, especially for those cars with special performance features, racing history or celebrity provenance. Mecum’s auction in Monterey, California, presents yet another rare and unusual example, essentially a “missing link” between the original 356 models that established the brand and the subsequent four-cylinder 912 versions of the iconic 911.

The factory-documented 1965 Porsche 356B/912 coupe prototype is one of six cars built to test the automaker’s plan to create a less-expensive edition of the 911, which was introduced in 1963 to great acclaim but also some trepidation about its relatively high price. The idea behind the 912 was to market a sports car with the new look of the six-cylinder 911 but with the mechanical components of the beloved 356. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Porsche 356 Dana Point Concours

The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos
The Porsche 356 concours was held at Lantern Bay Park in Dana Point, California | Bob Golfen photos

To outsiders, the Porsche 356 is a strange little beast, squat and round and so unlike the sleek exotics favored by most European car buffs. But for those who know them, the little cars originally created by Ferdinand Porsche are simply the most fun on wheels, their unique design and driving character making them a consistent favorite among those who love sports cars.

Southern California is the Mecca for 356 fanatics so, not surprisingly, the 356 Club of Southern California is the biggest regional contingent in the United States. Last weekend, the club hosted its 30th annual Dana Point Concours, which the club notes is the largest “356-only fully judged concours in the world.” Continue reading