Editors Note: March 2018

by | Mar,2018

 

Editor’s Note:

 

I hope that by the time you see this March issue, a number of you who came to Los Angeles for the annual literature and swap meet – or Trash & Trinkets as a good friend calls it – you also will recognize the structure shown at the top of the page in this photo Randy Wells made on opening night. This is the Petersen Automotive Museum and it is home to The Porsche Effect. You’ll read about this exhibition inside this issue. As a regular contributor, Wells spent time there on opening day, starting with the media briefing in the morning and ending with the scene that evening for its debut party.

 

One real value – to me – of Randy’s coverage of the day and the show is that, were you not able to get to LA over March 3rd weekend, Randy’s photos and text may inspire you to add time on your next visit so you can see this show.

 

The other feature in this March issue gives Sean Smith – our East Coast correspondent, if you will – a chance to introduce you to another way of thinking about the Typ 912. If you read our February issue, Smith introduced you to Stephen Grisanti. You’ll renew your acquaintance in this story and while it may reset your perspectives on the 912, it will firm them up on Mr. Grisanti.

 

We finish this issue with auction preview information for Amelia Island and with results from the sales surrounding Retromobile in Paris in early February.

 

I just returned home from two weeks work in the Porsche Archiv in Zuffenhausen. It’s winter there – we had a six-inch snowfall one day while I was there (I know, I know, some of you live in areas where that’s considered “just a light dusting.”) What winter does in Germany (and your areas as well) is keep interesting older cars put away for the winter. But Sunday, February 25 when I landed here at LAX, I drove up I-405 alongside a couple in a 356C Cabrio, top down. And I had no luck at all keeping up with a black 993 S Coupe on US 101 as it sliced through the San Fernando Valley.

 

Everywhere we possibly can live there are risks and benefits. And if we’re very fortunate, there’s a car – or more – in the garage that calls to us the minute the weather cooperates. I wish for every one of our readers an early and a very long spring.

 

In the meanwhile, thanks – again – for reading us.

 

                      Randy Leffingwell, editor

 

 

 

Issue: March 2018

Editors Note: March 2018

I hope that by the time you see this March issue, a number of you who came to Los Angeles for the annual literature and swap meet – or Trash & Trinkets as a good friend calls it – you also will recognize the structure shown at the top of the page in this photo Randy Wells made on opening night. This is the Petersen Automotive Museum and it is home to The Porsche Effect. You’ll read about this exhibition inside this issue.

Hero 912

When Porsche’s all-new 911 came on the scene, it was not just a replacement for the 356. It was a whole new car. The 911 was larger, more comfortable, more powerful, and way more money. At $5,500 it was a whopping $1,500 jump over a 356SC. Many 356 owners were not ready to take that jump. How was Porsche going to keep its customers happy until they wrapped their minds around the price on a new 911?

THE PORSCHE EFFECT: After 70 Years, It’s Still Going Strong

Whether you live in L.A. or are contemplating a visit, there’s a special exhibit there that’s not to be missed. “The Porsche Effect” at the Petersen Automotive Museum along the city’s Miracle Mile will knock your socks off. Back in 2016, Petersen Vice Chairman Bruce Meyer suggested a comprehensive Porsche show to Wolfgang Porsche, the son of Ferry Porsche.

Auction Previews and Results : March 2018

Auctioneers around the Western Hemisphere continue to renew their faith in Porsche cars as a viable element for their auction catalogs. This list, comprising three auctions at Amelia Island, Florida, in early March, and three auctions in Paris, France, in early February, list 106 automobiles offered for sale at auction in the past 45 days, 73 at Amelia coming up, and 33 in Paris.