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Will The Oldest Porsche Please Drive Up?

Although there is a lot more history to the Porsche brand and family, the classic automaker has launched a contest to locate the oldest Porsche in America as part of its commemoration of 60 years from when the first sports car, the 356, or No. 1 as it was called, bore the Porsche name in 1948.

A website has been set up at www.porsche60years.com to take registrations and applicants for the position through the end of September 2010. Porsche is looking for the oldest vehicle on the road for each of the following models:

  • 356
  • 911
  • 912
  • 914
  • 924
  • 928
  • 944
  • 968
  • the Boxter
  • Cayenne
  • Carrera GT
  • the Cayman

The oldest Porsches and their owners will receive special recognition and become eligible for additional awards, including an exclusive badge from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Images of some winning models will be featured at the new “Sixty Years of Porsche in America” exhibit, opening on Oct. 12 at the Porsche Museum, and one car might be selected for display at the Porsche stand during the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show this fall.

Porsche actually got its start much earlier, in 1931. Ferdinand Porsche founded the company in Germany and was given the assignment by the German government to design a vehicle for the people. The Volkswagen Beetle was born. Based on this success, Porsche started making military vehicles for the German military, including tanks. The first Porsche was the Porsche 64, designed using elements from the Beetle.

The most popular Porsche over time has been the Porsche 911, manufactured in and rolled out publicly in 1963. The latest model Porsche is the Panamera, a four-door hatchback, introduced in 2009.

The first Porsche sold in the U.S. was the Porsche 356 in 1950.

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Tips for Checking Your Transmission Fluid

Everybody always talks about checking and changing the oil in their cars, but most drivers forget about their transmission fluid. Transmission fluid in your Porsche, Audi, or VW is as important as the oil and it’s almost as easy to check.
VW Transmission Fluid
The first thing to remember about checking your transmission fluid is that your car should be running. Park your car on a level spot, put it in “Park” and let it idle for a few minutes.
While the car is idling, look for the transmission fluid dipstick. It’s usually towards the back of the engine, which means it’s closer to the dashboard when looking underneath the hood. The transmission dipsticks are often colored yellow or red, too. On older cars, however, it may just be a metal hook. Other than the oil, however, the transmission fluid dipstick is the only other one you should see.

Pull the dipstick out and clean it off with a lint-free rag. Put it all the way back into the holder. Then pull it out again to get an accurate reading.

If your car hasn’t been running long, the level of the fluid should be in the “Cold” operating range. You should see this marked on the bottom of the dipstick. If you’ve been driving the car for awhile and it’s heated up, the level of the fluid should be in the “Hot” area of the dipstick.

You should also notice the condition of the transmission fluid. If it smells burned or if it looks brown or black, bring it to your Philadelphia Porsche, VW, and Audi dealer.