Porsche 356A Coupe 1600 Super

I have attached a photograph of "Old Blue Eyes" - am a big believer in naming classic cars!
 
It is an original, right hand drive, UK car, built in 1957 and is a Porsche 356A Coupe 1600 Super. Porsche offered a larger engine by boring out a few more ccs and named it a 1600 Super.
 
Originaly marketed in the USA for $4,000, which was more than the top of the line Cadillac, the Porsche designers decided to use the engine case they had originally designed for the Volkswagen Beetle. It was an air-cooled pushrod OHV flat-four engine. For use in the 356, they designed new cylinder heads, camshaft, crankshaft, intake and exhaust manifolds and used dual carburetors to more than double the VW's horsepower. And just over 21,000 356A Coupes were built worldwide.
 
The car had a full, bare metal respray and a complete engine rebuild in 2016 it was put back on the road in October 2016 - and carries the original exterior colour of Meissen Blue with red interior.
 
This is the second 356 that I have owned. The last one, a 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe was red with tan interior and took three years to restore. She was known affectionately as "Ruby".
 
She was sold a few years ago but as I missed the car so much within two weeks of her leaving my garage, I started the search to find a replacement.
 
To keep myself busy whilst searching, I built a diorama (model) of her in a garage and the photo attached shows 9666 AH awaiting a mechanic to carry out a winter service (the diorama is 24 ins x 12 ins by 12 ins).
 

 
 
Pictures and words by the owner David Hunter                                     

 

 

 

 

 



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