David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/15/16 2:41 p.m.

Ah, the one that started it all: The 356 was Porsche’s first production automobile and the car that set the stage for the timeless 911. For expert advice on this game-changing model, we turned to Chris Casler, sales manager of European Collectibles. The company sells about 100 Porsche 356s per year…

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Tom1200
Tom1200 HalfDork
12/18/16 10:49 p.m.

Given these were never cheap to restore this is handy. Now that the prices are what they are it's even more important to do your homework.

I only wish I could put the advice to use but sadly the ship has sailed for me on 356 ownership. I'd have to sell everything in the garage to even come close to affording anything remotely rust free.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/20/16 11:00 a.m.

A million years ago I had a chance to buy a nice 356 SC. The original engine had been replaced with a Super 90. Even so, I hate to think what that car is now worth.

Tom1200
Tom1200 HalfDork
12/20/16 11:22 p.m.

David in 1986 I passed on a 356SC as well; the engine had just been rebuilt. I had $3000 so it was the 356 or a 125cc GP bike to race and a mini pick up to get it to the races. I went motorcycle road racing which I brought me many happy memories, I'd do not think the 356 would have been as happy of an experience. While driving around in the 356 would have made me smile it just couldn't overcome my desire to go racing.

TR8owner
TR8owner HalfDork
12/24/16 9:39 p.m.

They're pretty simple cars. Absolutely no mystique about them at all. If you can work on a VW beetle you can work on a 356. I owned two of them. Sold the last one in the mid 80's for $6500.

Tom1200
Tom1200 HalfDork
12/27/16 5:28 p.m.

A few years back at a PCA track day I drove one for a couple of laps, it was a students car, really wasn't any faster than my Datsun. It did oversteer in the same manner that the Datsun does, which of course I liked. I still find them one of the best looking cars ever made.

terracer
terracer New Reader
10/21/19 6:31 a.m.

I too had an opportunity to buy a 356 back in the day.. I was doing SCCA back then, racing first generation RX-7's and having the time of my life.  Purchasing the Porsche would've meant selling alot of my toys and i just wasn't prepared to do that at the time.  However, timing - as they say - is everything and i wish I had bought it.  The closest I will ever get to a 356 is the 1964 Karmann Ghia that currently resides in the warehouse at work.  This article has inspired me to resurrect her - thank you for that!  

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
10/21/19 9:24 a.m.

In reply to terracer :

We're glad to hear! Keep us updated. 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia HalfDork
10/21/19 10:02 a.m.

If anyone knows where a terrible 356 body shell is , I am game to put it back together for a track car  , 

crashed or rusty OK .......

We "resurrected "  a rolled over 356 coupe  pulled out of the forest  years ago , 

 

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