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54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#1 Post by Martin Bruechle » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:12 am

Met a guy that has a 54 Continental Coupe with a A style hood handle.
We were discussing if it should have the short Pre A handle or did the
Continental model come with the long A style handle ?
Any of you 356 guys know which handle it came with ?
Thanks for your input...

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Re: 54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#2 Post by Frank Hood » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:37 am

Martin

I believe all Continentals are 55s. This was the first year using the longer hood handle which is also found on A cars.

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Re: 54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#3 Post by Phil Planck » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:59 am

53248, a 55 non Continental, had the blunt nose handle similar to 56 pointed nose handle.
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Re: 54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#4 Post by Mike Smith » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:47 pm

Cannot see the Continental Badges but this is probably shot in Europe and 54/55 cars were not badged as Continental`s
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Re: 54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#5 Post by James Davies » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:03 pm

Martin, what's the chassis number of his car? Generally, the Continentals had the A-style hood handle, as it was introduced in ~Dec 1954. Of course the early one was blunt and didn't have a rib down it. Neither did the pointed one which was introduced mid-1955. So they are subtly different from the '56 hood handle. The badge is different as well. So it is pretty easy to figure out if the handle is original to the car. Got a photo?

Also is the hood original to the car? Does it have its original hood handle holes? Again, if it does, then easy to tell.

The long, Porsche crest hood handle was introduced sometime between chassis 52836 and 52848.

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Re: 54 Continental Hood Handle Question

#6 Post by Martin Bruechle » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:11 am

I have no answers to your questions James. I just saw the car and spoke to the owner briefly.

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