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Inspiration to the Outlaw Porsche Movement, the Dean Jeffries Carrera was Once Actually Owned by an Outlaw

Posted August 02, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: famous cars porsche restoration

In 1971, all Jack Walter knew about the 1956 Porsche he’d just bought off his friend’s older sister was that it needed some body and paint work to straighten out a crunched nose. He couldn’t have known that he would end up restoring that car decades later with the assistance of its builder and one of Jack’s boyhood heroes, Dean Jeffries, or that it made its way from Jeffries’s garage to his own thanks in part to a bank robber and a murderer.

Then 19 years old, Walter had spent more than a year trying to convince Peggy Daole to sell the Porsche to him, and she only agreed “when she took off for a hippie trip to Kathmandu, Nepal, and needed the money.” It cost him $1,100, even with the bashed-in nose, but he finally felt a sense of justice after his father denied him the funds to buy a Porsche Speedster a couple years prior.

“My dad thought I was nuts for buying it,” Walter said.

But this car has a special outlaw history, and an owner who got it back in shape.

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