One of my long term dreams in life is to own a beautiful old Porsche. I haven’t yet decided which model or just how old it will be, but a convertible ehem… sorry, roadster really does sound quite nice. It doesn’t necessarily have to be super fast, but it will need to be as functional and nimble as it was when it was new. I want to carve the farm surrounded rural roads of New England without a radio, totally enveloped in the amazingly distinct sounds that the air cooled engines can only produce. Maybe I’ll be wearing a well worn leather jacket with some cracks in it, along with a cool hat. Yeah, a hat… that will be nice.
This car that we have here today was spotted on eBay, and it is a long way from carving rural roads. In fact, its a long way from just about everything, including resembling an actual vehicle. That said, these cars are worth an absolute fortune when restored properly. So even though it appears that this Porsche had a major role in a horrific accident that took place at the bottom of a swamp 40 years ago, it still has extremely significant value! In fact, with 6 days still left, the 20 bids have already hit $15,000! Crazy? Like a fox. Let’s think about it. Imagine that you hypothetically buy this car for 20 grand (bargain alert!). You then dump $50 grand into it restoring it over the next 5 years while you break in your leather jacket. When it’s done, the car will be worth more than what you have into it. Convertible versions of these 356’s go for $80K+ depending on their quality and history. Although this one is rougher than most (all?), it may be the bargain of the week! Luckily for me and my family, I know how long it takes me to get metalwork to my impossibly straight standards, so the closest this Porsche will ever be to me is in my dreams. Is this a project for you?
In a world of exotics, yellow has a place of its own. To me nothing screams “I’m here” like a bright yellow exotic sports car. If I were ever in a position to buy an exotic, it would without a doubt, have to be yellow.
Why yellow you ask? I love yellow because it’s different, it’s loud, it’s a change in the opposite direction from red, and if your lucky enough to get invited to a prestigious car show, there’s often a class for yellow car entries. To me there’s nothing cooler than observing an entire line of yellow Ferraris, Porches or Lamborghini’s on display. Most of these cars tend to wear it well. Continue reading In A World Of Exotics Yellow Has A Place Of Its Own.
Back in 1992, Jeff Dutton of Australia was building a fantastically hotrodded Porsche 356 ……errr ……914? Whatever it was, it turned out to be one of the cooler looking Porsches that I have laid my eyes upon. From what I understand, Jeff’s family was in the coach building business since the early 1900’s, and this is where Jeff honed his skills that were needed to build the “Silver Bullett”.
The Silver Bullett actually began its life as two cars that were only vaguely related, like 2nd cousins. The first being a Porsche 914, and the second being a rough looking 1955 356 continental coupe. Some purists weren’t too thrilled about the fact that Jeff cut up a rare ’55 356, but who knows, maybe the 356 was 1 step away from turning to dust? Continue reading The 1955 Porsche 356 `Silver Bullett`
People do strange things. If you are confused by the images above, you are in good company. I am one of those people that hates to see a classic car in good original condition ruined with questionable taste & potentially unsafe customization. On the other hand, I am all for doing whatever you want with a car that has been left for dead. I’m not sure what the story is with this car, but seeing it in it’s current state leads to my brain hurting. It isn’t that I don’t approve of low vehicles, because I certainly do. In fact, I prefer my vehicles that way. Continue reading Seen on eBay: Not Too Sure About This Porsche.