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1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

A remarkable one owner Colorado 356C-Cabriolet with a fascinating history was sold to us by a Colorado native that, despite her fathers disapproval, ran off to Germany in 1964 to buy the car direct from Porsche. After many, many years of driving, she parked the car in her garage for several more years before making the sale to Classic Investments. We then sold the car to a gentleman in Chicago who commissioned Classic Investments to do a near complete restoration.

Initial Assessment

While it was running and driving prior to dis-assembly, we found that after the stripping process, there was much more rust than anticipated. What was amazing, however, is that despite the amount of rust, the inner longitudes did not need replacing. The front of the car had been hit so we decided to replace the entire front clip (nose).The metal work is 95% complete with the final panel fitting in process. We are looking for three millimeter gaps all around the car. Classic Investments favors the methods of tradition and believes in leading (the use of Lead) in gaps. This is the way that the Porsche factory coachwork subcontractors did it and that is the way that we do it.

The Restoration

-The body has been completely repaired and panel fitting is complete. The car is now being moved into the paint shop where it will reappear soon with a beautiful new Porsche Sky Blue paint job. From there, reassembly will follow with the original drive-line and a completely refurbished interior and top.

-The entire body has now been painted in its new Sky Blue and undercoating is scheduled to be applied this weekend. This car is really starting to take shape and the paint looks fantastic. We should have the complete vehicle back in our home shop by Tuesday, the 23rd, when we can begin the process of installing the interior, electrics, driveline, trim body panels and top. Check back soon for some great photos of this freshly painted cabriolet!

-Work is beginning on suspension components and the front and rear axle assemblies. Completely torn down, we are scrutinizing over parts that need to be repaired, replaced or any special attention needed to restore to factory specifications. We are extremely thorough with our disassembly of parts and tag every nut and bolt. This insures that even the smallest of parts receives the attention deserved for a high quality restoration. After being cleaned and tagged, these parts will be split into groups for refinishing in the various ways required. Once all the parts have been prepared we can move into the early stages of assembly. But first, we have an engine to overhaul! Check back for more updates to come.

-The refurbished suspension and transmission have been refitted to the Porsche and she is holding her own weight again! All parts are factory original to this car aside from rubber, brake pads and other small parts that are designed to wear over time. Suspension components have been thoroughly cleaned and inspected for damage, repaired if necessary and were then sent to be stripped of their original coatings. With clean and functional bare parts, they were sorted into a variety of categories: items requiring powder coating, paint or metal plating were refinished and have now been installed onto the previously bare undercarriage.

Note: Owner has notified us that he will entertain serious offers at any time during this restoration.

-The engine is now undergoing machine work for a complete rebuild with a large-bore kit. Once complete, this engine will supply a boost of desirable low-end torque (especially helpful for jaunts at 5,000ft!). After assembly and testing, the engine will be installed and a test-drive is just around the corner!

-The engine is now completely assembled and will be test-fired very soon. A massive order of new parts is being delivered and all chrome is being sent out for fresh show-quality plating. These original examples are such a joy to restore, as nearly all parts can be easily assessed and new materials can be made from patterns and not kits! Keeping originality intact is essential for any car to leave an imprint in the judges’ minds. Speaking of originality, the original VDO gauges have been fully rebuilt and detailed, Becker radio is up next for an overhaul and every last inscription on the car is being freshly engraved to prevent blurring during chroming.

Update:

-Chrome has returned and the small assemblies of the car are being test fit. The dash is nearly complete in the car and the wiring has been run throughout. Installation of the engine and the bleeding of brakes has rounded out the major under-car work until a test-drive has been performed.

 






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