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Long sleep for Porsche 356 A Coupe

We have all heard the story of Rip Van Winkle, but can this happen to a Porsche? I think it can. A few months ago I got a call from a Harley Biker on Long Island, NY who asked if I was the “Porch” guy, I said yes, I like any and all “Porches”! He said he had a 1956 356A Coupe that had been sitting for awhile. We worked out a price and I was supposed to meet him in two days time. The night before I was supposed to meet him I can’t get him on the phone, nothing, so I guess no deal. Whatever, I move on.
Fast forward to a week later I see an ad come up for a 56 A on Long Island that has been sitting for awhile, same pics. I start to think I have had this dream before, or nightmare. I call the guy who tells me a very interesting story. The story goes that his grandfather drove this car into it’s resting place in 1964, right next to a Speedster body he had found. He proceeded to jack up the 56 Coupe, strip the engine, gearbox, and suspension to go onto the Speedster, and left the 56 on milkcrates, this was all in 1964. Fast forward to 2011, and guess what is still on the same milkcrates? That’s right, a 56 Coupe. I once again agree on a price with the real owner, which was actually a better price than I was getting from the middleman biker. Big John and me drive down and find this sitting there, with a young guy saying, “I don’t know how you are going to get that thing out of here.”





Luckily, we have down this before and have a cart made special for cars with no suspension, I explain to him that we are professionals. In no time at all we get the car rolling and Big John drags it to the street. While the car was missing the guts, what was left was all Porsche, no repro, a true time capsule.




To answer the question, the one that was right out of my mouth, yes the Speedster was in the garage, and no it is not for sale. But I am a man who doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth so a 56 shell is better than nothing at all, though I would have liked the Speedster.
The car is now on it’s way to Europe, along with another 56 I had, the buyer only wanted 56 cars, no pre-A and no teardrop taillight cars. Luckily for him, I had two.



Strange story but a fun one.
—Adam

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