porsche 356 barn find

American Discoveries: Six Rusty Porsches Under the Shed

Six Porsche 356 Coupé. All for sale. $ 6000 each. That simple and concise it was the ad that went up to the internet a US citizen about two weeks ago.

The heading was certainly interesting… but for those of us who like rust and rust, the interior photos were even more interesting. Because indeed it was true that there was a group of no less than six units of the first Porsche model, but in a dire state, totally eaten by rust and lacking in its main components.

As you can see, what at first could seem "Bargains", after looking at the photos they can seem crazy. 6000 Dollars each! And without making differences. The most complete of the three costs the same, a last white 356 C, than the bare, empty shell with the cut-off snout of another that we have not even been able to identify correctly.

Hardly recoverable 356 Porsches

The six units correspond, yes, to the latest variants of the 356, with the "T6" bodywork introduced in mid-1961, also known as "Double grill" because they mounted double vents in the rear hood.

Interestingly, the latest series of the Porsche 356 came to coexist with his successor, the 911, among other things due to the very high demand they had in the US, where more than half of the total production went. Precisely in 1964, with the 911 already launched, a record production of 14.151 units of the 356 C was reached, the latest model that included 4 disc brakes and three different engines of 75, 95 and 130 hp.

Be that as it may, all those featured in this ad they are already difficult to recover. As you can guess from a quick look at the photos, all of them seem to be devoid of their engine, several are missing such important parts as the windows or axles ... and even the majority seem to have been used as donors of body parts. .

Even taking into account the prices that currently reach units of these models in perfect condition - slightly above 80.000 euros - it would be necessary to think a lot about whether it is worth investing in these "shells".

Perhaps the end of these units is to serve as a basis for making good replicas of the famous and rare Porsche 550 Spyder, using platforms, axles and little else. Who knows. At least, thanks to the fact that they are now for sale, we have been able to enjoy a full-blown "discovery", something that does not happen every day.

What do you think?

Francisco Carrion

Written by Francisco Carrion

My name is Francisco Carrión and I was born in Ciudad Real in 1988, a place that was not at first akin to vintage cars. Fortunately my grandfather, dedicated to the automotive sector, had friends who owned veteran cars and participated in the annual rally that was held (and continues to be held) in my hometown ... View all


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