Which year 356 to purchase

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#16 Post by C J Murray » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:10 pm

Jim Liberty wrote:I beg your pardon CJ. I had '63 S-90 up to 3500 RPM just last week. ................Jim.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#17 Post by Jules Dielen » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:52 pm

Jim Liberty wrote:For me, the Pre - A is the most desirable. It is still the essence of the original design without the intervention of US laws changing the bumpers light heights, etc. ....................................Jim.

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the original poster is looking for a driver level car in the 60k range, hence my question.

I would second what has been said before, you can still find a decent C in that price range and they are the best driving 356s.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#18 Post by Erik Thomas » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:07 pm

For years the 1969-61 T 5 coupes were the least loved 356's. They may still be the lowest cost to buy. I could never understand this, as they are more mechanically developed than the A's and drive better, and they are lighter than a T 6. My personal preference is a T 5 with an SC engine. The Porsche 356 drum brakes are excellent, with any sort of nominal use, they are more than adequate.

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#19 Post by Jim Liberty » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:06 pm

Erik, I agree completely. And, they still have the A hood which is a lot prettier than the T - 6 square nose. Also the small rear window. I have had most models, and I also agree the later drum brakes are wonderful if set up properly. One must radius the shoes to the drums, and they are great even for high speed touring. Add a sunroof, and you have the perfect driver.

PS. I am in the market for a T-5 to convert the RHD for a dear friend in Australia. Please give me a yell if you see one for sale.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#20 Post by Doug McDonnell » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:12 pm

As you can see Scott we are a bunch of old farts who "wander" around the topic.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#21 Post by Craig Richter » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:31 pm

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#22 Post by C J Murray » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:47 am

Craig Richter wrote:Meandering through the garden of our memories...
Sometimes we wonder around the garden because we can't remember, anything...
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#23 Post by Mark Sabbann » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:40 am

Scott Ramsay wrote:Thank you all! I live in St. Paul, MN. ... and the other is not a color I love. Have been looking for 6 months and nothing has come up for sale here, other than a red one for like $80k.
Scott, I know red is not your color but you are welcome to take a closer look at my red C coupe. There is the German Car Autofair at the new Porsche dealership (!!) in Maplewood on May 6th and the Intermarque Show in Osseo on May 12th http://intermarque.org/wp-content/uploa ... final_.pdf. I hope to be at both shows with 'Ruby' and a For Sale sign in the window.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#24 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:48 am

Scott may decide to save more money before looking for his 1st after seeing your car Mark. No way after looking at yours he will buy the Champagne one I found him.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#25 Post by Scott Ramsay » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:00 am

Doug McDonnell wrote:As you can see Scott we are a bunch of old farts who "wander" around the topic.
Hahaha, good one Doug!

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#26 Post by Scott Ramsay » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:03 am

Doug McDonnell wrote:Scott may decide to save more money before looking for his 1st after seeing your car Mark. No way after looking at yours he will buy the Champagne one I found him.
Thanks again Doug.

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#27 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:04 am

I would only not buy an early 60 with single mount transmission. Other than that any 60-65 would make a good driver.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#28 Post by Craig Richter » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:56 am

Doug, Could you please explain the aversion to the early B single mount trans? Over the years I've asked several really knowledgeable 356ers and never gotten a convincing objection, except that replacement mounts can sometimes be difficult to source. I've put lots of miles on both style mounts and don't really feel a difference. Maybe I've just got a numb butt...
 

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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#29 Post by Doug McDonnell » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:58 am

Vic's advice He says troublesome and noisy.
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Re: Which year 356 to purchase

#30 Post by Craig Richter » Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:20 pm

Yes, Vic was one of those "really knowledgeable 356ers" I asked. I guess we've just been lucky because Lucretia's mount has never been troublesome nor noticeably noisy. Thanks Doug.
 

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