Just once, we'd like to find a barn (or garage, or shed, or tarp) with something like this 1960 Porsche 356B hiding inside. We don't normally feature cars that will end up far beyond even our theoretical means but this one caught our eye.
The fact that this 356 is on offer by an outfit called "The Unobtanium Store" doesn't bode well for our prospects, but we digress. This Porsche has been off the road since 1965 and is "Fjord Green" -- a color that we can't recall ever seeing in person on a 356. The paint looks generally untouched and wears the scars of a car that was driven as it was meant to be while it was on the road.
The seller paints a romantic picture of a Mr. Cushing who traded his 55 Speedster to a neighbor for this more practical coupe. He then proceeded to drive rain or shine (or snow, based on the 40 year old studded tires that are still on it). Our kind of guy.
We're no purists for matching numbers, but this one will be an easy buy for someone seeking an all original 356. Even the toolkit looks complete, and well used. The rust remediation and interior work will be substantial, but won't be a second thought for whoever buys this Porsche.
No claims are made about the condition of the engine, but again, the fact that all of the numbers match is the important point. Even the cost of a worst case, full-rebuild will be a blip on the budget of what this car will end up being.
It will be interesting to see what this goes for, and what the end result is. The "easy", or maybe obvious, route is a full blown restoration which would be perfectly understandable. We'd love to see a slightly different second act for this 356 though, one that the man who drove it into the barn in 1975 would approve of. We get the impression that Mr. Cushing wouldn't be one for a 2-year restoration performed by a team of experts. We’d love to see someone keep it simple: get the rust addressed, the engine rebuilt, and then drive one of the most original 356s left every day.
Find this 356 B on eBay in Ravena, New York.
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