Early 356C Front Latch Plates

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Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#1 Post by Brett Johnson » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:46 pm

356C front latch plates went from flat to one with impressions between December 1963 and April 1964 (see photos). Can anybody help narrow this gap? If you aren't sure of the build date, just the chassis number is okay. If you want to contact me privately, that's okay too: 356drb@indy.net
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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#2 Post by fred otjen » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:17 pm

126134 SC coupe build date 22.7.63 has impressions in front latch plate

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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#3 Post by Doug McDonnell » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:17 am

There was a discussion somewhere about this. If I remember correctly the flat panel used until at least Feb 64
1965 356C There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#4 Post by Doug McDonnell » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:47 am

1965 356C There is never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#5 Post by Lockie McKinnon » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:23 am

215383 flat. C build date 08/28/63
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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#6 Post by Richard Sjolund » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:05 pm

My 1964 356 C ("Ruby") left the factory in September of 1963. The latch plate is flat - and the original flat hub caps had no emblems.
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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#7 Post by Lockie McKinnon » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:32 pm

Richard Sjolund wrote:
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:05 pm
My 1964 356 C ("Ruby") left the factory in September of 1963. The latch plate is flat - and the original flat hub caps had no emblems.
Just curious . What is your VIN and do you have a picture of the flat caps with no emblems.
Did any fall of 63 come with emblems.
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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#8 Post by JohnSParsley » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:59 pm

Dr Johnson - PM sent.

My 1964 Cabriolet - VIN 159797 - was built December 18, 1963 and has the flat latch plate. Sold in Paris via Sonauto.
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Re: Early 356C Front Latch Plates

#9 Post by Richard Sjolund » Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:15 pm

My 1964 Karmann Coupe from September, 1963 is # 215661. I am wintering far from home and the 4 flat caps with no emblems are in a box in my garage. I never liked them.

I have seen early 911 images with the same hubcaps - flat and no emblem.

Go here to see a Porsche factory photo of an early "C." Check out the hubcaps. This was a 1963 version of the 1964 "model year."

https://www.porsche.com/usa/accessories ... 356/356-c/
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