Kiwi's restored 1958 Porsche wins top award

HELEN HARVEY
Last updated 06:47 12/02/2014
Ivan Fuller
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WINNING WHEELS: Ivan Fuller plans to take his restored 1958 Porsche on a tour of the South Island.

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Ivan Fuller has transformed his Porsche from a rusty hulk to an award winner.

When he bought the 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster from a dealer in California three years ago it bore no resemblance to the car that won the 2014 Master Class at the New Zealand Classic Car Intermarque Concours d'elegance held in Auckland this month.

The competition has been running for 41 years and is the largest classic car show in the Southern Hemisphere, Mr Fuller said.

The Masters Class was open to individual cars and the cars had to be prepared to the highest standard. Mr Fuller's car scored 567 out of a possible 590, the highest score ever recorded in the competition. The second car was 16 points behind.

The points were awarded for technical merit, he said.

The judges were looking for defects and took points off for every one.

Mr Fuller won a couple of trophies and a lifetime subscription to Classic Car magazine.

Three years ago the Porsche was a "rolling shell, devoid of paint, accompanied by a box of parts." It was then dismantled down to "every last nut and bolt" and all repairs duplicated the original details, he said.

Mr Fuller did a quarter of the restoration work. The rest was done at Revive'M, the Inglewood vehicle restoration workshop he co-owns. "The credit for the way has turned out is down to these guys."

Mr Fuller lives in Dubai working for the oil and gas industry.

A lot of people who have show cars don't use them, he said.

Because if the cars get damaged it costs a lot to get them back to the highest level.

But next month he is going on take the car on a tour of the South Island with about 20 other old Porsches for a couple of weeks.

"It's a nice car to drive. It's a classic sports car."

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