Front Closing Panel

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Brett Johnson
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Front Closing Panel

#1 Post by Brett Johnson » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:40 pm

Here's one we all can do! Take a look up behind your left front wheel and look for one of these. What have you got? Does it look different than any of these? If so send picture. Are these dates correct?

Left to right.

1958 (T 2) - on

1956 (356A T 1)

1951 - 1955

Very early
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Re: Front Closing Panel

#2 Post by Jim Liberty » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:34 pm

The Glaser Cabriolet is smooth. …………...Jim.
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#3 Post by Brett Johnson » Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:00 pm

Mine (#5142) was too -- and rather crudely done...
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Re: Front Closing Panel

#4 Post by Steve Kram » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:26 am

1960 Roadster (87###). Just like #1

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#5 Post by Vic Skirmants » Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:47 am

This hidden serial number thing reminds me of a gun collector's story.
This guy saw a Colt 1911 with a serial number ending in "xxx". He asked the seller about that; his reply: well, all the nice guns in the books have a number like that. I think I'll stamp a data plate with all "xxxxx". Should be pretty rare.

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#6 Post by Steve Kram » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:01 pm

We cant be the only ones that wants to help Brett with his new book.
Im a relative newcomer to 356's but his old book is great and a real resource. Dont we all want a new updated book?

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Re: Front Closing Panel

#7 Post by Dan Macdonald » Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:22 pm

Brett,
My cars:
1965 356C coupe (220256): far left closing panel
1957 356A T1 Speedster (82954): Second from left closing panel

1959 356A T2 Coupe (105327): it's in the body shop, I'll check it next week

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#8 Post by Steve Kram » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:56 pm

1957 Speedster #83252
Like #2. Just looked at it.

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Re: Front Closing Panel

#9 Post by Victor Ingram » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:57 pm

55 Cabriolet 60890, 3rd closing panel 2 reliefs

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Re: Front Closing Panel

#10 Post by James Davies » Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:27 am

circles: 5033, 5099
2 ribs: 5135, 5369, 5481, 5511

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#11 Post by Vincent Gillespie » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:39 am

54122 2 ribs
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