Just can't help myself. These were just too pretty. Will be selling some nice ones I removed from the car. Sorry for the hand in the photo- was trying to hold it just right to show the chrome.
Fun purchase for this week. Obviously I only need one, and will sell away the other plus I have a brand new unused one from Stoddard to sell. Hopefully I can recover some cost that way. Anyway, no argument on parts like these that are still sealed in the original packaging. Pure NOS
I am fortunate to now own a grill badge and decal that match the PORSCHE Owners Club banner shown a few days earlier. These are definitely going on my car!!!
Below is a copy/paste of the comment by Alex Mestas from when I posted the photo of the banner.
This is a UNIQUE badge with a very interesting background. Please read on!
An original POC (Porsche Owners Club) badge, as fitted to POC members’ Porsche 356 & 911 sportscars' engine grilles in the 1950's, 1960's & 1970's.
Designed by Wilem B. Haan, a well-known & respected Porsche enthusiast who sold aftermarket accessories for Porsche cars in the 1950’s - 1960's from his racing speciality shop in Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles.
In conjunction with well-known racing driver & Porsche dealership salesman, Michael Hammond of Manhattan Beach, CA, the design was refined and through his contacts, Michael had the badge commissioned to be made by the famous Marples & Beasley Badgemakers in England, as the cloisonné finish they desired could only be produced in Europe.
Michael (Hammond) therefore became the official distributor/supplier of the badge to POC.
Stamped on the reverse side of the badge is:
WILEM . B HAAN INC
MADE IN ENGLAND
Marples & Beasley
As a result of Porsche’s legal challenge launched world-wide in the 1980’s to protect the many Porsche trademarks, these badges were ultimately discontinued under threat of litigation and were no longer available as they used the Porsche trademarked crest.
POC subsequently went on to re-design their badge with a more sedate Stars & Stripes theme, devoid of any Porsche trademark cues.
Fast-forward to the present, at the 2016 LA Motor Show, Magnus Walker of Urban Outlaw fame displayed his Porsche 964 Outlaw at the Pirelli stand. Adorning his uniquely-modified rear spoiler was the same POC badge - generating and revitalising enormous interest in its origin & provenance within both the older-established and the newest generation of Porsche enthusiasts alike.
Antenna went on perfectly. Looks fantastic! Even Blaupunkt girl is happy! Posting the other blue -tipper in my Classifieds Section
Miss April already has a nice Bosch blue tip antenna. Only thing not perfect about the one on the car is that the chrome piece covering the blue tip is faded and the white plastic protection ring directly below the blue tip was missing. Most antenna's are missing that plastic ring because it has to be cut-off/removed in order to fully retract the antenna (which requires the provided key to get it back up). That is the designed safety feature of the antenna.
They all shipped with that piece, but again, most are gone.
I was ok with my antenna, appearance is quite nice. Then I saw the opportunity to buy not just an NOS one, but one still in the original box. Had to have it!
I will be selling the one that is on the car when I find time to swap it out.
Photos of the new one below. The very bottom photo shows the one I already had installed on the car- that's the one that will be for sale.
There is pretty good activity on the website here- we get reports on how many visitors and how many pages are viewed, and which pages. Over 100 viewers a day which will not break the internet, but does give some indication that some of this stuff is entertaining or useful. The only surprise to me is the rate of feedback or comments on the site. So, I thought I would add a note on how to do that.
Every blog post has a button you can click and "comment". Please feel free to use that button!
Also, if you want to contact us, there is a tab for that! Contact Us is for getting more information about generator/fan belts that we do artwork for, buying something in the Classifieds Section, asking a question privately, or even asking if we want to buy some cool part from you!
So please, don't hesitate, Contact Us.
Back when the earth was young and still forming mountains and valleys, there was no 356 Registry. I know, it is hard to imagine. Anyway, before the 356 Registry and before the PORSCHE Club of America (PCA), there was a different organization. The only PORSCHE cars made at the time were 356's and the organization was the PORSCHE Owners Club.
The club had a pretty impressive membership considering that PORSCHE cars had only been in production for a very short while, and the owners were quite committed to their cars!
A while ago I was able to purchase a unique piece of memorabilia from those early days. It is a banner, probably made to be hung during club events. It's large in size, just a bit larger than 3' x 5' and the symbol in the center is about 32" square. The condition is so nice that if it was ever used, it was well taken care of. The colors are very bright/brilliant! I bought this from another PORSCHE enthusiast who lives here in Washington and has had it for decades.
There are reproduction pieces available to PORSCHE owners, some better than others. Repro hood handles for 356's are actually pretty good. But, when originality is important to you, and "pretty good" isn't what you are shooting for, there are only a couple of options. For the hood handles, they were manufactured by Huf and they are easy to identify because the makers name and part number are cast right into the body. Option one is to take an original, which I have, and get it re-chromed. There are a couple of issues with getting this done, the first of which is cost. Not cheap. The second issue is that the main bar (the vertical part that touches the hood) is often pitted. The pits can be removed, but that is time consuming, again running up the cost.
Second option, find one that not only is NOS, but one that has survived shelf life with no issues. No pits, no stratches, NOS.
When you find it, well, sometimes price is not the issue. I decided to bite on this one and very happy I did. By the way, you see $70 written on the tag. Let's just say I paid more than that!
05/13/19: Had a few questions about the photo above. No, there not any flaws, that was a spec of dirt on there before I cleaned it off. New photo below after cleaning.
Most of us enjoy tinkering with these cars and attempting to make the car look nice and run well. We enjoy each others company at events, and sometimes we get the car out there in the concours event. Seems that there are times when the guy with the biggest wallet to pay for a full-on high-end restoration will win the concours, but once in a while someone who just works in his own garage, makes an effort to get it all right, and keeps at it, will win out.
It's even more fun when it is one of the "good guys"
So, congratulations to Mike Wilson! Winner at North-South in the B Closed Division.
Hey, must have been that nice fan belt 😉
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