Updated: Sep 24, 2021
Air Brigade recently visited what an Porsche Collector and Air Brigade member, Chip Perry calls his “Car Barn”. It contained 12 perfect Air-Cooled Porsches plus another dozen European cars.
The owner of this exquisite collection, Chip, describes himself with a business card as a “Porsche 356 Enthusiast” so it is not surprising that the six 356’s on display represent the best of the 356 world from an early 1951 split window coupe to a Convertible D and every important 356 model after that.
There is also a great selection of Air-Cooled Porsche 911’s to enjoy from an early 911 up to a mid-80’s Carrera 3.2. It is interesting to note that there is not a 964 or a 993 in the collection. The owner appears to be a real purist that the Air-Cooled Porsche world ended with the G-Body model that was still a derivative of the original Porsche.
The Porsche collection also contained an all-original Zambezi Green Porsche 914 and a Porsche Tractor to round out the collection.
The library contained every Porsche book known and was framed by a most unique Jaguar XKE Convertible said to be the owner’s wife’s favorite car.
The non-Porsche European collection contains such jewels as a Fiat Jolly and a Bugeye Sprite, two cute, fun cars. An early MG and an MGA round out the British collection.
To service all these cars there is a great shop within the “Car Barn” that featured a 356 Speedster on the lift. It is important to note that all these cars are driven regularly in rotation. The owner wants to share the cars with enthusiasts and recognizes that they are meant to be driven. He is now a new Air Brigade member and plans to attend a drive or two in the future.
The final element of the collection is Volkswagen as he recognizes the heritage of Porsche really started with the Volkswagen so you have this early 1946 Split Window Beetle along with a Bus, a Karman Ghias, a Notchback and a couple 60’s Beetles.
Note: This is a private collection and access to view these fabulous cars is only through a personal invitation of owner and collector Chip Perry. Air Brigade was fortunate to visit when the Appalachian Region of PCA (Porsche Club of America) was invited during their recent Appalachian Adventure held in Blowing Rock, North Carolina on September 11, 2021.
Tags: Car Barn, Porsche 356 Collection, Porsche 911 Collection, Air-Cooled Porsche Collection