Car shows are a great way to spend an afternoon, giving you a chance to see vehicles you wouldn’t see otherwise and to meet the proud owners and make new friends. You just never know what you’ll find at your local car show. In the summer of 2012, Mrs. Toad and I stepped out and headed over to the Queen Alexandra Hospital to take in The Motorcar Gathering 2012 where we saw featured a great selection of cars, both old and new. So for today we thought we’d start our latest photoblog series “The Toads At The Gathering” with a look at a pair of just stunning classic Porsches that were on display.
Elegant, peppy, great handling, the perfect all around package. A revolutionary car at the time is was conceived. This series of Porsche was manufactured between the years 1948-1965 and today some of the rarer models in pristine condition can fetch upwards of $300,000.
You could easily call this car timeless. Even today, some 50 years later, it will stop people dead in their tracks. The folks who know about its rich legacy look at it in awe, and those that don’t find themselves enamored by its graceful appearance.
Just as in today’s Porsches, build quality and attention to detail was not overlooked. Even the trim and badges are highly distinctive and of the finest quality. This particular car was in extraordinary condition, no doubt having been the recipient of extensive dollars to bring the restoration to this level. My heart definitely raced a bit when I caught a glimpse of this classic from across the event’s lot, and it was all I could do to not mow anyone down on my way to photograph it.
And here we found the same genre of car, this one a coupe in race trim. Once again, the fit and finish and the attention to detail are elements that are highly evident at a glance. The naturally flowing lines on this car are unlike any other, making for a personality and spirit that is as unique as it is captivating. In the early days when these cars were prowling the tracks and the street, they were often leaders that found the competition struggling to keep pace. In this particular picture, we can see the crowd that a car like this attracts due to its deep heritage and history.
Some cars are instantly recognizable, almost being an icon in the motorcar world. I find it amazing that Porsche has managed to maintain the original character in their lineup all these years as you can clearly see styling cues that have followed through to the modern designs we see in our showrooms across the country today.
It’s even more amazing when you start to consider the tools that the engineers had at their disposal during the time these were built. In today’s age where advanced wind tunnels costing millions of dollars are available and extremely complex computer modelling systems simulate load and physics in the real-world, building supercars is an activity based on less trial-and-error than it was in times past. This fact just serves to make a sports car like this one even that much more incredible.
I can guarantee you that if you were to strap yourself into this rocket and take it around the track, the performance would scare the wits out of you, unless of course you are a professional race car driver. You’d be surprised how many modern-day sports cars could be made examples of by this particular car. Not to mention that the body styling has cues in it that are still relevant and beautiful in the eyes of today’s enthusiast.
Stay tuned as we roll out this series which will feature cars of all types, makes and eras. Both import and domestic, both stock and modified… we’ll have a little something to share with car enthusiasts of all sorts in the coming months.
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