Local Enthusiast Celebrates 50 years of the Porsche 911
Hockley’s Owen Sills has loved cars since he was a little kid. Collecting model Porsches and dreaming of actually owning one some day is something a lot of kids do. Owen has worked hard and earned a spot as a technician at “Hockley Autosport” in the Adjala-Tosorontio Village of Hockley, one of the top independent Porsche repair shops in Ontario. A phone call one day to the shop lead Owen on his quest for his dream find. A 1981 Porsche 911 SC, mostly original and unmodified, with some minor blemishes from age. A perfect “survivor” find, meaning it is mostly untouched with very little changes other than maintenance. “The engine had been gone over already” Owen told me, “The traditional issues and leaks had already been addressed. I only had to recover the seats and refinish the wheels and buff up the paint”
He completed the work on this car and began driving it this year, 2013 which was fitting being that it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911. Porsche introduced this new model in 1963 at the Frankfurt Auto Show originally as the “901” but when production started it was renamed the “911” due to objections by car manufacturer Peugeot for using a “0” in the middle of the model number, something they were known for. So after the simple addition of a “1” the rest is history!
It was a real pleasure to view this nice example that Owen owns. It caught my eye at a show full of cool cars and I had to look at it closer. The “Grand Prix” white exterior with black interior and trim is a very eighties look that these cars used to have and looks so nice on this body style with the Fuchs wheels. He showed me around this beautiful car pointing out things like the engine bay looking totally original with nothing more than normal time related finish wear. “I want to detail this car up even further” Owen said, “Keeping most of it’s originality” Well, Owen has lots of work ahead him in his spare time as he acquired a classic Audi Coupe to add to his garage too. From what I’ve seen in how this car has been handled, we’ll see a lot more from Owen in the future.
Written by Perry M. Mason