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Addressing the Patina Question with a 356B


With everything gained by a factory-perfect restoration something inescapable is lost. With age, the cumulative effects of regular use build up on every car. Whether they’re scuffs over the scuttle from loading luggage, or pock-marks accrued from entering in Le Mans, a car’s wear is part of its history. Porsche themselves still display the 1987 Le Mans-winning 962 wearing the marks of its victory. As lovely as perfectly restored cars are, this quality is lost with the patina. For fans of Man in the High Castle, this is what Robert Childan would refer to as wu; a form of truth in authenticity.

This 1961 356B spent its life in California, apparently living a gentle life. When it arrived in Germany and met its new owner it was nearly free of rust. The Ivory paintwork was virtually intact, and even the transmission matched the Kardex. Rather than embarking on a factory-perfect restoration, the owner opted to preserve the car’s patina.

To be clear, this car never raced- at least, not that we know of. The faded racing stripes, numbers, and hood straps are additions by the current owner, and were applied in an effort to mimic the condition of the original paint underneath. Upon closer inspection it’s clear that the 75-horsepower engine has been refurbished. The interior, once red leatherette, is now brown. The original patina is merely a vehicle, not the raison d’etre for this 356.

We’re not here to decry the owner for what they’ve done- the car has not been defaced for all time, by any measure. It sounds like the natural wear in the finish is helping them to enjoy the car freely and without fear of every scratch or stray stone. Though different to Mark Pribanic’s unrestored car, this 356 affirms that patina is not for 17th century oil paintings and rust-free 60-year old farm trucks any more.

For more on this 356’s journey, find the recent special edition of Porsche Klassik magazine 70 Years of Porsche Racecars, or follow this link.

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Actualité : Silverstone Auctions : Porsche 356 A Speedster 1958

Silverstone Auctions poursuit les présentations avec le plateau d’automobiles de prestige et de collection qui sera présenté aux enchères à…

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Perfectly matured

The traces of the years adorn the metal and imbue it with character. Preserving them is the aim of a “patina restoration”. And sometimes it is possible to add a modicum of style to these scars acquired during a car’s life with a dash of high art. As in the case of this black-plate Porsche 356 from sunny California.

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’64 Porsche 356 Outlaw… Celle là, elle envoie du lourd !

Certains ont du mal à comprendre comment la Porsche 356 peut être considérée comme sportive. A une époque où des breaks filent à plus de 300 à l’heure, on s’dit que 40 ch et 140 km/h, même avec 500 kg sur la balance, y’avait pas de quoi se palucher… Les pauvres, ils n’ont rien compris […]

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The Story of the 1957 Emory Outlaw Speedster

About two years ago I had the pleasure of sitting down for dinner with Rod Emory. Over the mutli-course meal provided by our friends at Michelin, I had the opportunity to listen at length to a bona-fide Porsche legend. Rod turned out to be soft-spoken and unfailingly modest. His calm manner seemingly only built in furor when discussing clever solutions to the quirks of classic Porsches. Though best known for his signature Outlaws, which range from relatively tame to the wildest 356-based creations ever conceived, Rod also restores classic Porsches to their former glory. This car, a 1957 Speedster, is a mix of the two styles.

A racecar from nearly new, this ’57 Speedster was one of about twenty similar cars that participated in the Speedster Wars on California circuits in the 50s and 60s. By the time it came to Rod in the late 1990s, decades of competition had left the car rather ragged. The owner wished to continue to race the car, and as such it received a new nose, extensive bodywork, and chassis stiffening. Rod also crafted a custom headrest, faring, metal tonneau cover, and even integrated concealed suspension adjusters into the cockpit.

Curiously though, the car was to remain road-legal, allowing it to participate in road rallies as well as circuit events. After years of use in its open-top configuration, the owner commissioned a brave addition- a Glaspar removable hardtop that accommodated the faring behind the driver’s headrest. To the average home fabricator, this would be an unbelievable challenge. To Rod, this, and all the other difficulties involved in constructing this car, were just another day at the office for the world’s most demure Porsche fabricator.

Build photos for this distinctive Speedster can be found on the Emory Motorsports website.

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