This immaculate 1959 Porsche 356 has had at least two lives.
I spotted the Porsche Ivory car at the All-Euro display today, and the owner was nearby, so I found out a bit about it. It turned out out that we had a mutual friend (@warren edwards) who has a 356 Replica, so it was easy to strike up a conversation with the owner (whose name I missed) and his pal Tony.
For about 20 years this little 356 had been Cherry Red and used as a daily driver, when the owner decided to take it off the road to fix a few "little things" As these "little things" go, the fixup turned into a full-blown ground-up restoration.
9 years later, the 356 has started it's new life as a piece of adoration for Porsche fans, indeed anyone who appreciates classic cars and the work that goes into restoring and maintaining them.
Work your way through the pictures, and there are some fascinating footnotes about the 356.
Interesting facts about the 356
VERY Interestingly, the first 356's (1948-1949) weren't built in Germany, but in neighboring Austria!
The Austrian company which built the first 356's was also responsible for designing the Cisitalia Grand Prix Race car, the legendary Auto Union Grand Prix Cars, and of course the VW Beetle.
356's came in Hard and Soft top configurations.
Of the 76,00 built, approximately half survive.
In 1948 the Hardtop cost US$3,750 and the Cabriolet US$4,250. (If anyone has one that they want to sell to me for that price, I promise to give it a good home!)
The 356 was not created by Ferdinand Porsche Senior (who had designed the VW Beetle) , but by his son - confusingly also called Ferdinand Porsche. Perhaps this lack of imagination in naming off-spring was instrumental in the design of Porsches to this current day. Did I say that out loud?
Only 50 356's were built between 1948 and 1950.
In late 1954 a number of "Specials" were commissioned by an American (Max Hoffman) and called the Continental. Ford, who already had the Lincoln Continental sued successfully, and the name disappeared from Porsches. The few remaining Porsche Continentals attract a preium price, and are much sought after.