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…

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!