This picture-perfect Porsche 356 racing car recently arrived at Tuthill Porsche for some work. Owned by well-known Porsche Carrera Cup, Blancpain GT and BTCC racer, Sam Tordoff, the car has been experiencing some bad luck when it comes to finishing races, so we’re taking a look to see what can be found.
Dating from 1954, this early Porsche 356 is one of the earliest Porsche race cars currently competing in historic racing in the UK and Europe. Originally built as a pre-A model, the car was imported from California in 2012 and converted for racing to FIA spec by the previous owner, who enjoyed it at events including the Silverstone Classic, Donington Historic Festival and Goodwood Members’ Meetings. Competition high points include a class win at Classic Le Mans in 2016 and class-leading lap times at the Spa 6 Hours.
The overall weight is just 750 kilograms, so with a 1582cc engine making 170bhp to push it along and a 75-litre fuel tank on board, the pre-A usually acquits itself very well in competition amongst later pre-’63 GT cars that use fuel, tyres and brakes at a faster rate. As a potential entry for Goodwood Revival in just three weeks, we look forward to exploring what lies under the skin of this smart classic Porsche and helping back to the top of the podium.