Going Skiing? Take A Classic Porsche 356
Last year, friends of Petrolicious Jeff Zwart and Will Roegge collaborated on a great short film called The Porsche from the Winter of ’53, which detailed how rewarding a Porsche 356 Pre A can be to drive in slippery conditions. And, of course, why the car is so wellsuited to this particular task.
We’ve asked before if you like driving in the snow, and plenty of us do. But if you don’t, I figure seat time in an old 356 on a winding, snowy path with plenty of runoff would quickly convert you to being a winter driving enthusiast. These nimble machines were even used in the harrowing sport of “motor-skiing”, a 100plus mph icy romp that Pathé News covered in 1955.
Perhaps one of the most iconic ways the 356 is linked with Alpine sports is the famous photo by Hans Truöl of Olympic medalist Egon Zimmermann soaring over a road—with a tiny, round, dark Porsche parked in the middle of it. The photo is appropriately titled, “When he takes the shortcut”.
Maybe it’s time you gave winter driving a shot from behind the wheel of an old Porsche. Which other classics are uniquely suited to these conditions?