Carl E. Cordell, 60, who owned and operated Rennsport Ltd., a former Alexandria business specializing in the repair and restoration of Porsches, died July 31 at his home in Springfield. He had cancer.
Mr. Cordell was an auto mechanic for many years before starting his business in 1982. He helped obtain vintage Porsches for the Washington location shooting for the 2001 film “Spy Game.” He closed the business in 2009.
Carl Edward Cordell was born in Frankfurt, Germany, where his father was stationed for a U.S. government job. He grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and in Bowie, where he graduated in 1969 from Bowie High School. He studied commercial art at Prince George’s Community College.
He was on the board of Artomatic, a multimedia art exhibition staged around the area. His hobbies included table-top war games and creating silk-screened T-shirts.
Survivors include his mother, Gladys Cordell, and a sister, Janet Cordell, both of Bowie.
— Adam Bernstein