Name:  Kevin Murray

My car:

1954 356 Super Coupe.

Tip-off that a 356 was the car for me:

Only Porsche I could afford and it came in boxes.

My age when I acquired my first 356:


Engine type:

1600 (replacement engine).

Miles driven per year:

500 (just back on road after resto) stored since 1999.

Favorite destination:

My shop with its 2 post lift and tools.

Fantasy road trip:

Tooling through County Mayo, Ireland again, this time with no accidents.

Most inconvenient mechanical failure:

Carburetor fire from a backfire at tollway oasis in 1999.  I put it out with the only things handy:  a bottle of diet Coke and my shirt.

Car I'd have if I couldn't have a 356:

A Ferrari, but I'm too chicken to learn how to work on them and too cheap to pay for engine-out oil changes and belt swaps.

What I like most about my car:

It's easy to work on and bulletproof relative to other cars in my collection.

Most unique feature:

It's a Pre-A, everything Is unique (aka weird!) To start though, working Telefunken Am/Shortwave radio, opposite sweeping wipers over "bent" windshield, starter button, transparent sun visors, eyebrows over instruments.

Most recent repair:

Some knucklehead shortened the shift lever by 6" many years ago.  I just re-welded and re-bent it pack to original.

Longest drive so far:

Geneva, IL - still breaking it in after resto.

Next project with this car: