Acadia Region member Marshall Lewis was browsing the Internet for cars one day last July when he came across a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 for sale.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the ad,” says Marshall, who has owned numerous Porsches throughout the years. He immediately called to inquire about the car only to find the line was busy. “I was so excited that I used the *66 feature that rings you back when a busy line is free.”
Eventually the line was free and he was able to speak to the seller, Mary Leicht, in Ontario. The car had belonged to Mary’s husband, Fritz, who had passed away some three months ago. “In talking with Mary, I knew there was a strong sentimental attachment to the car.”
Five days later, Marshall was on a flight. He furthers, “When I inquired about directions, Mary said she would pick me up at the airport. I was astonished by her generosity, but welcomed the offer.” In the meantime, the two exchanged emails and photos.
On the day, Marshall made his way to the arrivals area and within a minute saw Mary. “On meeting, we both gave each other a big hug. It was like we were long lost relatives, but it felt right. It seemed to me she needed a big hug considering her recent loss.”
Once at Mary’s house, Gary, a good friend of her late husband’s arrived to show him the car. The 356 had two covers, one soft, thick blanket and a fitted car cover. “When we pulled the covers, I couldn’t believe my eyes as the car looked a hundred times better than it did in the online pictures,” recalls Marshall. Within a week, he had the arrangements made to have the car shipped to his home in Nova Scotia.
Marshall had been looking for a 356 for a few years. “I never imagined finding a one-owner car that was always pampered, never in an accident and pretty much in factory condition except for a repaint in 1991.”
And it seems Marshall was meant to be the new owner. Turns out Mary could have sold the car the day before he arrived, but wouldn’t as she had promised it to him.
“Mary said she was happy I got the car because she really thinks I will love it as much as Fritz did. I absolutely do and have nothing but thanks for Mary. She’s a real genuine person,” add Marshall.
As for the 356, it’s in the garage, covered, with that very same soft, thick blanket and car cover. Just like Fritz would do.