The week over Christmas has been a busy one. First, a deal was done on a brand new Panamera. I had a deposit down on the new Macan, but despite early interest my enthusiasm for this new model has waned – it looks a little bit small, almost like a hatchback. I need a new daily driver that comfortably fits four adults and has a reasonable amount of power. I dropped an email in to my OPC (Porsche Solihull) to see what was happening on the new Panamera…


Just over a week later they had sourced me an unregistered, brand new Panamera in the exact spec I wanted plus a few other bits such as a sunroof. A fabulous deal was done and I had a new daily driver. It arrived in the UK on 17th December, was shipped to OPC Solihull on 22nd and I collected on Christmas Eve. All happened very quickly, but I’m very pleased with the big Porsche so far.


On the 27th December I readied the 911 SWB for its trip to Ipswich in East Anglia – the HQ of early Porsche Specialist, Historika. I made the decision earlier in the year to put the SWB in for some modifications and improvements… After getting some initial quotes, I decided to give the work to Historika. Run by an enthusiastic father/son team, they are probably the top specialists in the UK for SWB 911s.


Timing is great, as I wouldn’t be using the car very much over the next two months. As for what I’m having done, here’s a rough list:

– engine overhaul
– carburettor service
– complete service
– bodywork tidying on a few spots of bubbling
– centre filled fuel tank
– 911R metal front bumper
– lexan 911R rear side windows with louvres
– handmade leather Recaro S sport seats with houndstooth
– retrimmed rear seat pads in matching leather and houndstooth detail
– new original dash clock that actually works
– bonnet mounted Cibié spotlights
– Rennline foot plates
– original 1960’s 911 bonnet badge


Can wait to get it back in March. It means the some of the parts Magnus Walker fitted are being replaced and will therefore be for sale – the seats, runners and 911S front bumper being the main things. Watch out for those on eBay soon!

The drive to Ipswich was an absolute joy, I know I’m going to miss the SWB badly but at the same time I think it’ll be a big improvement when it does finally get back. Perhaps seeing the car in next months issue of GT Porsche magazine will help – the feature they’ve done is 7 pages long so I’m looking forward to seeing that!