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There's a local classified paper (print only - no online ads) that serves the Shenandoah valley. It's full of ads for power tools, dirt bikes, guns, pickups, etc. The paper basically serves the redneck community and my town is at the far northeast of its distribution area.

Last week I saw a 1960 356B 1600 Super advertised. The ad was pretty straightforward and the price was very reasonable, so I called and left a message on Wednesday. I didn't hear back from the seller, so I thought the car was gone. Saturday night I was at my uncle's house for a party and my cell phone rang. It was the seller. We talked about the car and he explained that he bought the car four years ago, drove it for a few months and parked it with the intention of restoring it. Like many of those stories, it ended with him having neither the time nor resources to restore the vehicle. I was surprised to see it in the particular paper and he explained that he didn't want to deal with long distance callers and people trying to kick the tires without seeing the car. I asked him to email me some photographs and he replied, "Sorry, I don't have one of those new phones with a camera in it." He then offered to mail me some pictures, but I'd have to wait for them to be developed and mailed. I knew then that this was a diamond in the rough. I told him that I'd see him the following morning.

This morning I woke up a friend and we drove about an hour south to the man's house. The car was in a detached garage with a cover over it. The first thing I noticed was that there was no way to get the car into the garage as the floor was about six inches above the ground. He told me that he rented a storage unit to keep the car in while he waited for his pre-fab garage to be delivered. When it came, he had a flatbed tow truck pick the car up and put it into his garage.

I was expecting a rustbucket under the cover. When he removed it, I saw a glossy Signal Red 356. I asked him when the last time he washed it was and he replied, "I've never washed it. It never got dirty." He had literally bought the car, drove it around his small town and parked it.

I inspected the car with a magnet and flashlight. I saw some rust in the floors and the longitudinals, but the suspension points were solid, the battery box was pretty solid and the steel under the rear seats was perfect. The paint was mediocre and it looked like someone puttied a couple of areas then sprayed it to sell it.

The engine was nicely detailed, but not original to the car. According to the seller, it's from a 'C' model and dated as a 1964. The car did not have a battery, as the owner had removed it years ago to prevent it from corroding the battery box, so we couldn't start it. Using an adjustable wrench, we turned the crank and it did so freely.

After looking at the car, we went into the man's house where he had laid out all of his documentation, including the title, undated and unsigned bill of sale, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and several catalogs of restoration parts. We struck a deal and I called AAA to tow the car to my body shop.

The AAA driver was extremely careful with the car, taking 45 minutes to hook up chains in a manner satisfactory to him. He then winched the car onto truck and we were off to my body shop. I called the shop owner on his cellular phone and he agreed to meet us there to take in the car and assure that it didn't sit outside all night where it might fall victim to nefarious scavengers.

Nevertheless, here are some images from yesterday's adventure:



















 

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very, very nice. was just admiriing one at the Greenwich Concours.

Congrats.
 

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Smitty,

Funny you should post this now. I was just at my local German service facility (really the best Porsche guys in the area) yesterday and was looking at the owner's "restored" 1600 Super. The superficial appearance of this one looks just about as good.
 

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That's one purdy Volkswa... er, I mean Porsche.
 

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Thanks for the compliments, gentlemen.

Let us know how it runs.
I hope to get it running this weekend so I can put it on eBay next week.

It was an impulse buy during a moment of weakness and not the 356 I've always wanted. One day I'll have the right one for me, but I'm going to cut this one loose and let someone else have it before I invest too much time and money into it.
 

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Thanks for the compliments, gentlemen.



I hope to get it running this weekend so I can put it on eBay next week.

It was an impulse buy during a moment of weakness and not the 356 I've always wanted. One day I'll have the right one for me, but I'm going to cut this one loose and let someone else have it before I invest too much time and money into it.
Or just an attempt to make a quick buck...
 
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