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Vintage 1956 Porsche 356 Goes on Extreme Antarctic Road Trip

by Victoria Santiago
(Photo by National Motor Museum/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

A Coloradoan just completed a 356-mile trip across Antarctica while in a 1956 Porsche 356. The car is no stranger to continental treks and has traveled across every other continent before coming to Antarctica. To prepare for the polar journey, the car was converted to have skis, tracks, and a crevasse bar.

The car arrived a few weeks before the start of the trip and sat in the cold until the crew arrived. The crew consisted of Renee Brinkerhoff, 65, and Jason de Carteret. Brinkerhoff drove while Carteret provided navigational help. After they left from their base on Union Glacier, the 356-mile trip took five days to complete. The journey lasted from Monday to Friday.

The trip was sponsored and self-funded. Brinkerhoff and crew used the trip to bring awareness to the fight against human trafficking.

There were a few minor issues along the way due to the freezing weather. Overall, the trip went fine. The vintage Porsche is a four-cylinder car, but the weather caused the vehicle to run on two cylinders for parts of the trip. As a result, chunks of the journey were driven in second gear. In addition, they used three of the four spare connecting bolts for the skis attached to the car. They also had to replace one shock absorber.

After the trip, Brinkerhoff hoped to put wheels back on the car for a continental land speed record but was unable to due to the weather. Not only did the weather impede their plans, it also caused their trip home to be delayed by several days.

Although this specific car has traveled globally, it is the first Porsche to make its way to Antarctica.

The ‘Risky Business’ Porsche Sells for $2 Million

Brinkerhoff’s 1956 Porche has gotten its claim to fame via continental traveling. A 1979 Porsche that recently sold for $1,980,000 is famous for something else. If you’re a fan of Tom Cruise, you’ve probably seen his 1983 hit Risky Business. One lucky fan bought the iconic gold Porsche earlier this year.

Similar cars sell for around $20,000. The Risky Business car brought in almost $2 million based on the fact that Tom Cruise drove it. That’s pretty amazing. It’s pretty unheard of, too. As a matter of fact, the price tag for the famous Porsche put it right at the top of the list for most expensive sales of a 1979 Porsche 928. For Tom Cruise fans or movie buffs in general, the price is probably well worth it. Not only did Cruise drive the car, but he also learned how to drive a manual stick shift in it.

The iconic car was originally painted green when it came from the factory. Producers for Risky Business decided to give the car a gold-hued makeover. The rest is history. Expensive history, at that.