The Million Mile Porsche

Could you drive once car for 50 years and one million miles?

June 23, 2014

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At a time when bank interest rates are at an all-time low, many people have once again turned to classic cars as a store of wealth. Sadly, this means that many beautiful cars are being locked up in air-conditioned garages, rather than being driven and enjoyed.

However, somewhere in Southern California, 1964 Porsche 356C owner Guy Newmark continues to use his pristine 50-year-old Coupe as a daily driver. This much-loved Porsche is creating its very own record-breaking value: It has traveled over 984,000 miles!

A resident of San Pedro, a suburb of Los Angeles, Guy has travelled to Manhattan Beach to meet us today. The irony is not lost on me that Manhattan Beach holds the record for the most over $1 million dollar homes sold in California in 2013, with Beverly Hills lagging at seventh and Malibu barely in the top ten!

With The Beach Boys playing on the radio, the deep blue 356 Coupe looks as at home here as it did 50 years ago, when these songs were also newly minted wonders.

In a sudden vision, a black and white image appears in my mind’s eye of Guy Newmark and his car surfing the Pacific Coast Highway between L.A. and San Diego, and then in true Hollywood style, the image slowly changes and shifts to Technicolor, as the landscape moves through time and Guy grows older.

Back in the here and now, the surf is up, the surfers are out there in the distance, and seagulls circle overhead as I admire the spotless paintwork of the blue 356C Coupe, which looks showroom fresh, at least from a distance. It’s hard to believe that in the 50 years since it left the factory, this 356 has never been allowed to rest.

From the day the car became part of the Newmark family, first the father and then the son have driven the car every day, using it for short trips, long trips and everything in between. Now it is relentlessly homing in on the million-mile mark on its 100-percent mechanical odometer.

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