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Export 56 at Concours of Elegance 2022

Export 56 Present 5 Amazing and Rare Classic Porsches at CoE 2022

The 2022 Concours of Elegance will take place from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 September at Hampton Court Palace and will once again bring together a selection of 60 of the rarest cars from around the world – many of which will never have been seen before in the UK. Many of the Concours cars will also take part in a 2 day driving tour in the days running up to the main Concours event. Uniquely, the Concours of Elegance winner isn’t selected by a panel of judges but by the Owners of the cars themselves. Each participant is asked to vote on the other models on display to decide which car is considered to be the ‘Best of Show’.

Export 56 are delighted to have 2 cars from our collection accepted into to this years main Concours… 

1951 PORSCHE 356 SPLIT-WINDOW COUPE

Chassis number: 10713
Engine number: 20243 (now 20135)
Gearbox number: 0122891
Build date: 3 July 1951
Supplying dealer:  D’Ieteren, Brussels
Original colour: Radium Green exterior with Dark Green and Light Grey interior

• An extremely rare second year of production 356
• One of the first 1,000 cars made by the Porsche company
• Fresh from a multi-year restoration at Porsche Classic

Although Porsche had existed as an engineering consultancy since 1931, it did not start making cars until 1948 when it hand fabricated a series of 49 cars in a temporary home in Gmund, Austria.
Porsche 356 chassis #10713 was completed on the 3rd July 1951 and is therefore one of the first thousand cars made by the Porsche company. It was delivered via the Belgian dealer D’Ieteren in Brussels.
Little is known about the early history of the car however it found its way to the US and by the 1980s it was in the collection of the late Jim Barrington who owned five Gmund coupes at one time, Barrington was a prolific collector of early 356s.
The car changed hands a couple of times in the US in the 90s before being bought as a restoration project by Italian 356 restorer Reinhold Plank. Without starting the project Plank sold the car in 1998 to Oliver Schmidt and Thomas Koenig, curators of the famous Prototyp Museum in Hamburg, Germany.
In 2012 the Westerman family, owners of one of Europe’s best Porsche collections, bought the car in still unrestored state from Schmidt and Koenig. They then commenced what would become an eight year project to return the car to its current resplendent condition.
The car was originally specified with the more powerful 1300cc Type 506 engine option. In the early years of 356 production Porsche used VW magnesium crankcase castings of variable quality and failures were not uncommon. This fate seems to have befallen the original engine of this car and it now carries a period correct 2-piece 1300cc engine built on an authentic early VW magnesium case.
The gearbox is a correct VW magnesium crash box with a serial number that is consistent with the age of the car. It could very well be the original gearbox, unfortunately Porsche does not hold gearbox information for the earliest cars.
The car has been restored to the factory specification colour scheme as given by the detailed records held by Reutter, who built most of the 356 bodies for Porsche under contract. The metal work was carried out  by Nostalgicar of Neuss, Germany, and paint was completed by Beerten in The Netherlands. After multiple phases of priming and sanding the car was set in storage for several months to guarantee perfect hardening. Period correct nitrocellulose paint has been used. The engine and gearbox were overhauled by the Westerman collection’s own mechanics.
The car was trimmed and built up by the Porsche Classic facility at Porsche Gelderland in the Netherlands and was finished to the highest standards in 2020.
The car now resides at Classic Porsche specialist Export 56 who are continuing to get the car into fully operational condition.

1959 PORSCHE 356 T2A COUPE

Chassis number: 107180
Engine number: 83769
Gearbox number: 27262
Supplying dealer:  AFN England
Original colour: Meissen Blue exterior with Red Leatherette interior
• First owned by land- and water-speed record-holder, Donald Campbell CBE
• Single-family ownership since 1965
• Historic images and video shows Campbell driving the Porsche at the 1959 Bleriot Anniversary Race

Imported by Archibald Frazer Nash (AFN) and delivered through Harold Radford, a coachbuilder and supplier of cars to the rich and famous, this 356 A 1600 Super coupé was sold to one of Britain’s most illustrious sportsmen, the late Donald Campbell CBE of Bluebird speed record fame. Finished in Meissen Blau with red leatherette upholstery and tan carpeting, it departed the factory 17 April 1959.

Mr. Campbell registered the car on 10 May 1959, being assigned number plate WXY3. Four days later, Campbell shattered his own world speed record over water, recording 260.35 mph at Coniston Water. As his late father Malcolm had done, Donald Campbell doggedly pursued speed records, first on water with his Bluebird hydroplane, and later on land with his Bluebird streamliner. Campbell set a world land speed record of 403.10 mph on 17 July 1964 at Lake Eyre, Australia. He died three years later at Coniston Water trying to break his own world speed record over water, crashing at a speed estimated at over 300 mph.

By then, the Porsche had been sold to Mr. Frank Masefield-Baker, who in 1969 was elected the Mayor of Brighton, East Sussex. Masefield-Baker was described by a local tabloid as “a fast driver…every lamp post between here and Rottingdean is in mortal danger when Frank gets on the road!” The Porsche seems to have survived that experience, and in January 1965 was acquired by Mr. Peter George Kelly, Esq., of Orpington, Kent. It has remained within Kelly’s family over the intervening 56 years.

A complete bare-metal restoration, including a full mechanical overhaul, was recently carried out. The car was found to retain all numbers-matching panels, drivetrain components, and engine. The shell enjoyed a full respray in its original color, and was reupholstered in red leather, with new carpeting and a new headliner.

The car still retains its correct spare wheel, jack, and a tool roll including a Messko tyre pressure gauge. Also included are an original driver’s manual, correspondence between Mr. P.G. Kelly and Porsche Club Great Britain, PCGB membership materials from 1967, a copy of the factory Kardex confirming Campbell’s ownership, and its original buff log book bearing the famous speed record holder’s signature. Historic images and video included with the car include a video reel of Campbell driving the Porsche at the 1959 Bleriot Anniversary Race, with Billy Butlin as a passenger.

Export 56’s managed to get on pole with our stand positioned just behind the main Concours stage, a fitting position to display 3 further rare and beautifully prepared Porsches.

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