No, this isn’t the rescue mission of a shipwrecked Porsche 911, this is a picture of a 911 being delivered in 1982, to its new owner living on Norfolk island, a small island in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
A little bit about Norfolk Island from Wikipedia:
The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia, but it enjoys a large degree of self-governance. Together with two neighbouring islands, it forms one of Australia’s external territories.
Originally colonised by East Polynesians, Norfolk Island was colonised by Britain as part of its settlement in Australia in 1788. It then served as a convict penal settlement until 1794, when it was abandoned until 1856, when permanent residence on the island for civilians began and it was settled from Pitcairn. In 1901, the island became a part of the Commonwealth of Australia which it has remained until this day (source).
This photo was acquired by the current owner of the Porsche when he was trying to trace the history of the car. He shared the amazing image on a forum for 911 enthusiasts and had this story to tell:
“Delivered by Sea”
i was asked about the history of my 2.4E recently and whilst i purchased it out of NZ 10 years ago and knew that it was originally delivered to HK i had paid scant regard to the paperwork that came with the car.
so i decided to pull out all the stuff i had and have a good look.
what the certificate of registration in NZ shows that i didnt know is that the car was imported to NZ from Norfolk Island ! on the back of this document is the original NZ owners name, William Walter Hallett, so i said to my self, self, there cant be too many William Walter Hallett’s in NZ, and sure enough there was only one !
NZ White Pages and contact details for WWH in Masterton NZ.
what the hell, i’ll call, and left the crazy person message- did you own a 911 on Norfolk Island, if yes can you give me a call, if no, please excuse me …
9pm that night the phone rings- it’s Bill (William), yes it was his car, chat, chat, he was digging around in some paperwork and found the original maintenance record books for the car, would i like them !!
today in the mail, true to his word Bill sends me the maintenance record which also details the original owner in HK- and what i think is a classic photo of the car being ‘delivered’ to Norfolk Island in 1982.
Source: Motoring Con Brio
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