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Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:42 am
I'm not a great fan of Porsche but there are a few cars in the Stuttgart museum overflow facility that I would gladly drive*
http://jalopnik.com/going-inside-porsch ... 1798658991
*namely, Any 356, the Strassenversion GT1 and that Mercedes V8 mule
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:49 am
The panamerica prototype is funky!!
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:18 pm
To fill in Patrick George's query on historical significance, the 356 W212 was one of 4 bodied by Kastenhofer in Vienna to an Erwin Komenda design, a number of the 50 chassis' from the Porsche factory in Gmund were contracted out for bodies in 1948-9. In 1950 production moved to Stuttgart.
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:37 pm
ooh - alloy bodied then presumably?
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:05 pm
a little investigation suggests it is #356/2-025?
edit - just checked back and it's a roadster, so 356/001, the oldest 356 in existence?
Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:15 pm
nope - apparently this is 001, or is it a generic pic? this seems to have indicators instead of trafficators?
http://www.excellence-mag.com/issues/22 ... bWq41GGO00
Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:38 am
Talking of 356's, I sat next to one in "that" blue on Belgian plates at the Eurotunnel car park on Saturday - and failed to take a picture.
Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:57 pm
According to Henry Rasmussen's publications, the initial run of (supposedly fifty) 356/2 were indeed built with alloy bodies, but with steel floor, doors and bumpers. Semaphores were used on the earliest cars (in the front wings just forward of the A posts) but a contemporary photo of 356/1 below shows it had the small round lights at the front.
It isn't clear whether these were lights or indicators, though. In the photo the first Gmund Coupe (chassis 010) also had the small round lights fitted. However the oldest extant Gmund Coupe, chassis 014 has semaphores.
They are fitted with the original Austrian registration plates.