- Photo courtesy of RM Sothebys

One-off Porsche 356 Limo heads to auction

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Up until the the early 2000s, Porsche didn't really acknowledge or attempt to enter the family car market, but rather focus on making sports cars - which they perfected. But some people did, in particular John Dixon, who came up with the idea of creating a limousine out of a Porsche 356 for his daughter's wedding and after a short conversation with an automotive illustrator, a basic mock up was designed and put into action.

Photo courtesy of RM Sothebys

Photo courtesy of RM Sothebys

The project wasn't as straight forward as it first seemed and was created by stripping a couple of spare cars including the front end of an early 1953 "bent-window" while the rear end was that of a later model. The extra weight of the body meant the original flat-four engine just wasn't cutting the mustard meaning a quick transplant from a 912 with upgraded piston and cams meant performance remained mostly the same. The toughest part was stretching the body, but with the help of Don Boeke and his workshop, it was completed.

Photo courtesy of RM Sothebys

Photo courtesy of RM Sothebys

Finished in Grand Prix White with a dark tan interior, it looks the part and remains the only stretched Porsche 356 to date.

It's due to be sold via RM Sotheby's auction at the end of September and is expected to fetch $150,000 - $200,000 without reserve.

The advert can be viewed here - rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/tg19/the-taj-ma-garaj-collection/lots/r0007-1953-porsche-356-limousine-custom/789633

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Comments (2)

  • It looks like the Citroen car that was so common 30 years ago.

      2 years ago
  • Erm... Why? Why did someone turn a perfectly good Porsche 356 into a ugly limo?

      2 years ago
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