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John Wurner
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Cover for owners manual

#1 Post by John Wurner » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:58 pm

During what years did Porsche provide the owners manual and other paperwork in the red paper sleeve with the embossed Porsche logo?
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#2 Post by Tom Scott » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:02 pm

Hi John,

The red paper cover for Owner's manual, etc., was used in 1956 and 1957 T1. In late 1957 model year (May, June & July) there was a transition to start the 1958 model year T2, which used the maroon vinyl style cover. I am not sure when the paper cover was phased out, probably June or July 1957.

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#3 Post by Drew Saunders » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:54 pm

Hi John and Tom
I have been researching this folder as I had a very tatty original that came with my 1959 T2 RHD AFN delivered coupe.
Unfortunately 30 years ago I didn't think to save these original items and it got thrown away.
I also know of another 59 car that has it's original folder and documents that came with the car when it was picked up from the factory, so I think Porsche were still using up their stocks through the T2 period.
Here are a couple of pictures of the new folder I have made.
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I have found a source in Germany for the original Burgundy leather effect card and have just finished this prototype.
If there is an interest I can make a small batch.
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#4 Post by John Wurner » Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:34 pm

Hi Drew
Keep my name, I would like to have a couple, should you make them.
John

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#5 Post by Nanette Reid » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:36 pm

Drew Saunders wrote:Hi John and Tom
I have been researching this folder as I had a very tatty original that came with my 1959 T2 RHD AFN delivered coupe.
Unfortunately 30 years ago I didn't think to save these original items and it got thrown away.
I also know of another 59 car that has it's original folder and documents that came with the car when it was picked up from the factory, so I think Porsche were still using up their stocks through the T2 period.
Here are a couple of pictures of the new folder I have made.
DSCF7163_sml.jpg
DSCF7164_sml.jpg
DSCF7156_sml.jpg
I have found a source in Germany for the original Burgundy leather effect card and have just finished this prototype.
If there is an interest I can make a small batch.
Regards
Drew
This looks sweet - I have a 59A, so I'll definitely be keeping my eyes on your progress Drew, :)

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#6 Post by Etienne Kerkhoffs » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:48 pm

Drew,

put me on the list as well please.

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#7 Post by pierre ducroit » Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:24 am

me too please.

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#8 Post by Drew Saunders » Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:40 am

Hi Guys, thank you for your interest.
I have only produced one prototype and it took me all afternoon, everything is hand cut, creased and die stamped (using my garage hydraulic press) so I'm not sure what to charge.
At that pace I would be thinking of charging £60 but do you think that is too much?
I am going to try making 5 today and see if I can speed up the process.
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#9 Post by Ronald Sieber » Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:59 am

Drew:
Very nice product! Regarding your question about price: figure time and materials for yourself, but factor in demand as well and make it fair to yourself. I for one have no idea what it takes to make this, but the folder looks quite smart!

I'd be in for two if you charge $50 American before postage, so please add me to your list as interested in at least one.
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#10 Post by Steve Douglas » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:27 am

I too would like one or two covers. Steve Douglas

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#11 Post by Jim Karaba » Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:59 pm

60 pounds is around 80 US dollars. I don't think that is too much for a hand made unobtainable item not being reproduced by anyone else.

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#12 Post by Etienne Kerkhoffs » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:20 am

If your manual is an accurate reproduction in terms of colour, size, creases. etc, then the price is ok.

I can't see the creases clearly at your picture. Could you compare them with the original ones at the picture? Have you used a creaser machine?

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Re: Cover for owners manual

#13 Post by Drew Saunders » Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:48 am

Hi Etienne

Thank you for your photo.
Here is a close up of my second prototype (before it has been folded and glued).
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Looks pretty close to your original.

I am using old fashioned book binding techniques, all creases are formed using a bone folder and a template with grooves cut into it to give crisp folds.

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Drew
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#14 Post by Etienne Kerkhoffs » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:28 pm

That looks very good Drew!

Thanks for the picture.
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Re: Cover for owners manual

#15 Post by Joris Koning » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:12 pm

I love what Drew is doing. If I could make two improvement suggestions they would be to match the paper color to the originals, more red than purple/maroon. Etienne and I have discussed this in the past and to adjust the artwork on the Porsche crest embossing. Not trying to critique the wonderful work just giving some constructive feedback. I have a large collection of originals so am pretty will versed with them.
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