Car Catcher: An Engine-Less Porsche 356 Barn Find

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Hagerty values a 1953 Porsche 356 in No. 2 condition at $117,000. If that cost of entry is a little too steep, another option may be suitable: this 356 Coupe barn find from that same year, just in unrestored condition and without an engine.

How much would that cost you? The listing estimates an auction price of around $50,000-60,000—roughly half of that complete example in No. 2 condition.

Sure, this 356 may be lacking a powerplant, though the rest of the car does look to be solid enough as a suitable starting point for a restoration, restomod or even an outlaw-style build.

Find this 1953 Porsche 356 Coupe going across the block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Open Roads, March auction.

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noddaz UltraDork
3/16/21 5:58 p.m.

Interesting.  No passenger seat and did all the 356s of that era have holes drilled in the engine cover hinges?

914Driver MegaDork
3/17/21 6:56 a.m.

Not to hijack, but do yourself a favor and find the 356 Foose did for a nurse.  Oh my.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
3/17/21 8:35 a.m.

I predict it will end up selling for way over the auction estimate.  Bidders will get all hot and bothered over a 356 barn find.

MontereyGeorge None
3/17/21 11:47 a.m.

I can't recall if was on E-Bay or Bring a Trailer but there was a Shelby GT-350 that was rusted out and had a lot of original parts missing and it sold for a stupid money. Hegarty said it would take about $150K to get to concourse condition. And that would require a doner car. I predict some one will buy this Porsche for an outrages price and bring it back to life. But I do admire the buyers for saving the cars from being scrapped for parts..  

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