Featured: A Mother's Porsche 356 Got Her Newborn Safely Home in a Storm

A Mother’s Porsche 356 Got Her Newborn Safely Home in a Storm

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 21, 2013
7 comments

Photography by David Marvier for Petrolicious

Frédéric, of Marolles, France, bought this 1959 Porsche 356 in 2001 from the France’s 356 club president. The car is an A model 1600 S with 75 horsepower.

Around ten years ago, he took the car to get repainted, but the coachbuilder informed him that the 356’s body was very tired, making the cost of the paint job very expensive, so Frédéric decided that they would sell the car. When Sandra found out his plan, she was beyond disappointed and upset. It turned out that she had a very strong emotional connection with her husband’s car due to an event that occured just after her daughter was born.

Here’s the story: Frédéric drove the 356 to the hospital in the winter to bring Sandra and their newborn baby home from the maternity ward. During the drive the weather went from a bit stormy to horrible. Snow fell heavily on the roads, causing many cars to slide off into ditches, and there was not heating or defrost system in the car, so the family had to drive with the windows down to keep the windshield from fogging up. It was a slow and nerve-wracking drive, but thanks to the narrow tires on the Porsche, they were able to stay on the road and get their infant home safely. Because the car kept her baby safe, Sandra never wanted to part with it.

Once he realized his wife’s attachment to the car, Frédéric decided against selling it and instead gave it to his wife. She worked very hard to save money for the paint job that Frédéric had originally planned for. Sandra opted for the pleasant feminine color we see on the 356 today. Aside from enjoying the car’s color, Sandra loves its light steering, good road handling, and reliability.

Join the Conversation
Related

Leave a Reply

Philoo
Philoo

Beautiful photography work, a little predictable though.
However deception to see a color from a fiat 500 and not to be kept 356 original chart

Stephan P
Stephan P

Interesting that the car is in France but the speedometer is in MPH, what is the story behind that?
The color suits the car very well.

Kuroneko
Kuroneko

Gorgeous machine, great story! Lovely color indeed (pity a bit spoiled by the over-cooked fake post-camera work though).

Florijn Steenhuisen
Florijn Steenhuisen

The repaint is very nice and the colour is quite correct to for a fifties car. Good job that it’s kept on the road for more years to come.

Tian Grove
Tian Grove

Definitively one of the prettiest restorations I have ever seen. Well done for keeping the car! It is very special!

Anne Kromhout
Anne Kromhout

This is a gorgeous car! It’s great to hear that someone has such a strong connection with a car, that they’re willing to work very hard to keep it.
Too bad there aren’t more interior shots though, I love the chairs on 356’s!

Roelf Kromhout
Roelf Kromhout

Fancy seeing you here 😀

And yes, it’s achingly pretty and I want it.