• Image Credit: Petrolicious
  • Image Credit: Petrolicious
  • Image Credit: Petrolicious
  • Image Credit: Petrolicious
One can learn a lot about a car over the course of driving it a million miles. Unfortunately, most people will trade their car in for something newer the minute the mechanic says "needs an engine rebuild" or "there's major rust damage." But it wasn't so for Guy Newmark of San Pedro, CA, Petrolicious reports, whose 1964 Porsche 356C has been daily driven for over 40 years, accruing 980,000 miles along the way. Of course it needed an engine rebuild – three, in fact – but it's nigh unbelievable that the original transmission lasted 900,000 miles before it needed to be gone through.

His father bought the Porsche new, and many people consider the 1964-65 356C to be the best-driving 356 of them all because it is the only model that came with disc brakes all around. It also benefitted from the 14 years of research, development and updates that Porsche had performed since the first split-window Gmünd 356 rolled off the assembly line in 1950. The air-cooled flat four's 75 horsepower isn't much by today's standards, but, in the classic Porsche, it's enough power to scoot around with enthusiasm. Remember, in its day, the 356 was a giant killer known more for the speed it could carry through turns than outright acceleration.

Today, the 356 is a valuable classic, but we're pretty sure Newmark is glad he has been able to enjoy driving his car 980,000 miles, which is something most people will never do. Head on over to Petrolicious for more info about the inspiring man and his long-lasting machine.


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      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's so beautiful.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      KingTito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Amazing owner and amazing little machine! I\'d love to see more details on what he has had to do to it with regards to repair and replacement as well as what his maintenance schedule looks like. I\'ve seen cars with 10,000 miles that are a mess so this is a testament to the car and the owner.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love the 356 and the C and SC version is definitely the best 356 road car. Kudos to this guy as body repairs to these handbuilt cars require knowledgeable craftsmen. It is difficult to repair or restore the bodywork on these cars to the level of quality they left the factory with. Loving the 900K mile transmission also. Based on what I have seen on 356s the last several years and the photos, this C would probably be worth north of $50K, maybe more if there is a factory sunroof (can't tell from photos). Does not sound like it will be for sale anytime soon though.
      oberpfallz
      • 1 Year Ago
      the best 356 may be the 2013 model having benefitted from 63 years of development
      BryNum
      • 1 Year Ago
      Strange that he doesn't have the Black California plates that was indicative a of the 60s.
      shawn
      • 1 Year Ago
      tho i really admire that, i'd think financially it'd be a lot cheaper to be changing cars more often vs having it for 40 years? i just wonder how much he's put into it over the years. but well done.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @shawn
        Well since it's now a classic, I'd say its increase in value probably offsets the cost of maintenance... but then again since he'll probably never sell it, the costs are kind of a moot point.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Kent Kangley
      • 1 Year Ago
      My brother owns a 1960 356 he bought back in the late 70s when he was in college. He spent the next 30 years restoring it. I've been lucky enough to take it out on some nice long drives in the foothills of the Cascade mountains, and it is a blast to drive. I envy anyone who can drive one every day.
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