If you enjoy originality, sometimes it gets down to very small details. I am an "originality freak", and these details are often something that others cannot see, and couldn't care less if they did notice. Probably comes down to the fact that I personally enjoy the details of the car, and don't need others to have the same appreciation for these details.
Below is a photo of some tire valve stem caps. These are fun because of what it says on the cap. "ALLIGARO GERMANY" is visible, but only if you have great lighting and fantastic vision. Really almost need a magnifying glass to read. I think you can make it out in the photo below. Alligaro was a German manufacturer of tubes for tires.
Again, no one looking at my car will ever notice, or care, but for me personally, a fun little detail.
I have looked for an original Porsche umbrella for a very very long time. A while back I found one that is/was early 911 era vintage, and posted about it here in my blog. It is an awesome umbrella, but not from the 356 period.
There was a version sold during 356 production that had handles that could fold down to form a seat. This design was used by Ferry Porsche himself, as his legs would get tired at the race track.
Photos of Ferry with the umbrella shown below.
Below the Ferry Porsche photos, is my umbrella. So happy to have this in the collection.
Guess I should sell the early 911 era one.
Here is mine-- just like shown above!!!
With the car now in fresh paint, the interior being ordered soon, and aiming at driving the car in 2020, I thought it might be fun to look back at the condition of the car when I purchased it.
What the heck was I thinking? Actually, I was thinking I wanted a C coupe and as little rust as possible. Found the car in Arizona and it was originally from Southern California. The receipts of the engine build were the thing that put me over the top and ready to buy.
91 photos in the link below-
Paint sure looks better now!
Pretty sure there must be a rule somewhere that you simply cannot have enough red plaid luggage for your PORSCHE!
I already had the suitcase (left) and the weekender bag (right) but now I have the "tote" shown in the center of the photo. All in the name of just having some fun stuff!
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And,,, yes, this is my PORSCHE garland pen- made in 14k.
Oh wait! It actually is a toy! I have seen these around before, so perhaps not all that rare of a toy as far as a "collectible" toy would go. Also it is not made by PORSCHE. Still, it is just so darn cute! At about 5.5" long, it is not small, and it just seemed to call out to me that it belonged on my shelf.
This one is NOT for the grand kids, this one is for Grandpa!
Not at all in something like perfect shape, maybe at some point it actually got played with.
So nice when you find an original, factory issued, great condition manual. This one is nearly perfect inside and out. Of course, the manual covers the coveted 356 Carrera and these manuals are more scarce than the push-rod versions. Happy to have it in my collection. 187 pages.
PORSCHE has long had the practice of sending out technical information often called "Bulletins". As far as I know, this practice continues to this day.
During the 356 Era, there were lots of bulletins sent out to the dealerships so that they could handle specific problems, upgrades, and were trained in handling service to the customer. The binders for these bulletins is very hard to come by, as dealerships tended to toss out the outdated and no longer needed information. Individual bulletins have survived and collectors sometimes hoard them because of their collectability.
Anyway, my find and newest edition to my PORSCHE library is shown below. The binder is in very nice shape, as are the individual tabs.
Now the challenge--- fill it up!
If you know of anyone who might have a significant collection of Bulletins (Technical Information) please have them contact me.
There is a pretty good list of known bulletins shown below (from 356 Registry).
No time this week to complete installation of all the parts shown below, but I did carefully do a trial fit. No seal around the turn signal, because to fully install the seals and light the wiring needs to be done.
Anyway, just wanted to get a look at what the recent work would look like when all in place.
Looks good to me! It will be a while (perhaps a month or more) before cleaning up all wiring and inner fender on the passenger side. Then the headlights, turn signals, horns and horn grills will be all permanently installed, but I am happy with the progress.
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