The German’s are coming! – to the Auckland Brit & EuroClassic Car Show at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Sunday 7 March 2021. 

Front and centre in the competition will be Surgeon and Whitford resident Mr Martin Rees’s 1959 356A Coupe Porsche. 

Martin has had a lifelong interest in cars, and started his journey collecting Porsche’s initially with a Boxster, followed by a 911 C45 then on to a 911 Turbo. 

The 1959 356A was originally described in promotional material as ‘a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door hardtop coupé with configurationsfor topless’ and thanks to Martin’s efforts the car has been lovingly restored to incapsulate time-honoured elegance. 

Martin says the car (a converted left-hand drive) was imported into New Zealand in 1994 in a less-than-perfect state. Most of the cars were sold originally in America, and wrecks were more common imports to New Zealand due to the lower price-tag, and them being popular with restorers and hobbyists.

Martin says he bought the car 8 years ago from an owner who had it inside a barn in Muriwai. “A few years ago, I bought a wreck with a smashed back and the entire front end missing.”

After getting a “new nose from another car” he got to work with the business of restoring it, and now looking resplendent in ruby red, he has started to exhibit at car shows.

After catching the judges’ eye at the recent Ellerslie Car show2021 (where it received a trophy placing), the 356 is on display for the first time at the annual Auckland Brit & Euro show where it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser amongst classic car aficionados. 

The significant free community event is organised by volunteers, and involves nearly 100 clubs, organisations, and businesses.

The event’s committee is chaired by Rev Dr Richard Waugh QSM, who has worked tirelessly over the last few years to grow the event to the point where this year a record 1311 classic cars and Motorcycles have registered to be part of proceedings.

This year the show will have some new features, including a ‘Goodwood’ type Revival display of cars of distinction and cars with racing and rallying pedigree, the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, a Scorpion tank from the NZ Army (Alvis manufactured and Jaguar XK powered), and a flypast by NZ Warbirds.