57A in the UK

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Mark Paine
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57A in the UK

#1 Post by Mark Paine » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:22 am

Hello! I have not been on here for a while, since I sold my last 57, though I have been the lucky owner of a 912 in the interim. Recently the opportunity came up to purchase this little car and I was in a position for a change to take advantage.

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The car came into the UK a while back (not quite sure how long ago) but has not been registered or driven. That is all changing. Registration documents came through last week and the recommissioning work has finished. For now it's been serviced, some lenses changed from yellow to clear (which I prefer giving it a simpler look) and it's ready to go.

I always have a rule that I don't make any (well too many) changes in the first 1,000 miles so I can understand how it got to where it is now. Delivery is Saturday so first proper road drive will be coming up over the Easter holiday, for now I just had a blast around on trade plates. The seat however was stuck in position (it is a later style seat and seems to be snagging on the runners) and my short legs couldn't quite get the clutch all the way to the floor!

The engine is a 75 from a B and it is on C discs all round. Whilst I love having discs I much prefer the Outlaw look of stock wheels, no hubcaps over drums. We'll see if I can compromise on this.

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The previous owner has done a great job of balancing preserving and customising the car and I just love it. If anyone knows the car or anything of its history I would love to hear more - it is obviously a registry member or ex-members car.

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Mark

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Re: 57A in the UK

#2 Post by EricMcKinley » Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:40 pm

Great looking car.

I think the rear luggage brackets are upside down though.

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Re: 57A in the UK

#3 Post by Mark Paine » Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:54 am

EricMcKinley wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 5:40 pm
Great looking car.

I think the rear luggage brackets are upside down though.
Thanks Eric, I’ll get those fixed!
Cheers
Mark

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Re: 57A in the UK

#4 Post by John Clarke » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:50 pm

Hi Mark
It's absolutely lovely.
I will take it off your hands if you don't love it!
Bring it down to Pevensey bay for a day out.
It's our 356's turn to head on down in June to this years Le Mans 24hrs
A mild RHD outlaw running with a 912 engine and EMPI wheels
Cheers Jay
 

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Re: 57A in the UK

#5 Post by Mark Paine » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:15 pm

John Clarke wrote:
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:50 pm
Hi Mark
It's absolutely lovely.
I will take it off your hands if you don't love it!
Bring it down to Pevensey bay for a day out.
It's our 356's turn to head on down in June to this years Le Mans 24hrs
A mild RHD outlaw running with a 912 engine and EMPI wheels
Cheers Jay
Thanks Jay
Hoping to get out and about a lot this summer. We did Le mans classic last year which was great. My company is sponsoring an F3 driver this year so will do a lot of the European tracks over the summer.
I’ll check your car out, sounds great.

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Re: 57A in the UK

#6 Post by Mark Paine » Thu May 16, 2019 11:54 am

On the basis that more is more and having a fetish for period accessories I have been doing so bling adding to the 356.

First off fitting some, relatively, period Marchal spot lights.

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I've bought an original Leitz rack and some headlight mesh grills too which have not yet arrived.

All this has been going on as I don't have the car with me right now - after its' first run the carbs and fuel cock were dripping fuel, so much so the engine had started taking fuel into the oil. Luckily I only did a mile or so first time out but all flexi fuel lines are being replaced and the carbs and fuel cock being rebuilt and jetting checked for UK fuel.

Next on the list is to order some Blockley's for the original torque thruster wheels I think will look good on it.

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Re: 57A in the UK

#7 Post by Martin Benade » Fri May 17, 2019 7:26 pm

Wonderful looking car. I totally agree about drum brake wheels. Just getting rid of those stupid alloys :P and putting on 5.5” steel wheels will look way more the way you want it. Just being obnoxious about the Fuchs, excellent wheels that most love.

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