Porsche Plaque

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Porsche Plaque

#1 Post by Elton Chan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:27 pm

Hi everyone, I'm new to this registry. I am currently looking at a 356 I wish to purchase and have a question.
Does anyone know if all Porsche 356 should have the aluminum plaque? Did some models not have this at all? I am looking at a 1959 356A that does not have the plaque. It only has the Numbers stamped on at certain areas of the body. Is this normal? Any info would help. Thanks!!

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#2 Post by Charlie White » Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:51 pm

This page from the 356-A factory owner's manual show the location of number plates and serial numbers.

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#3 Post by Adam Wright » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:08 pm

Many cars are missing the doorjamb plate, it is a common thing to get lost in a restoration. About every time I do a barn raid I pick up a couple, I have been able to re-unite a few over the years with the cars they came from. The ones I can't match up go on the walls of my office. You can order a reproduction and have it stamped to match the car. The important number is the one stamped in front of the gas tank.
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#4 Post by Barry Brisco » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:23 pm

Hello Elton,

As others have stated, the chassis number plaque that is visible when the drivers door is open is sometimes lost over the years. I believe that all '59 model year 356s had them when new. Here is a photo of the one on my '59 coupe:
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See this article for information about where the chassis number is shown on the car:
http://porsche356registry.org/resources ... tions.html

If you are new to 356s, I highly recommend buying Brett Johnson's invaluable book "The 356 Porsche, A Restorer's Guide to Authenticity, Rev. III", at http://www.tpr-inc.com/products/singlei ... mber=75816 and also "Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356" by Jim Schrager http://www.amazon.com/Buying-Driving-En ... 242&sr=1-1

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#5 Post by Elton Chan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:38 pm

Thanks for all the input guys! I can imagine the plaque inside the drivers door being lost during a restoration (repaint) but why would the aluminum plaque in the trunk be removed and lost that easily? I will definitely purchase the book for reference. Thanks for the advice!

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#6 Post by Elton Chan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:40 pm

Adam, I think I see the plaque I'm looking for hanging on your wall. LOL.

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#7 Post by Adam Wright » Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:20 am

It's worth a try, what's the #? I have a whole barrel more that have not made it the wall yet.
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#8 Post by Dan Macdonald » Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:01 pm

Elton Chan wrote:Hi everyone, I'm new to this registry. I am currently looking at a 356 I wish to purchase and have a question.
Does anyone know if all Porsche 356 should have the aluminum plaque? Did some models not have this at all? I am looking at a 1959 356A that does not have the plaque. It only has the Numbers stamped on at certain areas of the body. Is this normal? Any info would help. Thanks!!

Elton
Elton,
Open the hood and look inside the front compartment. On the passenger side, next to the gas tank there should be TWO plaques. The larger build plate will be next to the side of the gas tank and there should be another plaque next to it that says "Modell 1959 Made in Western Germany." All (never say "all") '59's have this plaque, even Conv. D's.

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