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1955 Reutter Badge

#1 Post by Jonathan Schneiderman » Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:17 pm

It seems like 50% of the 1955 model year cars I have seen have the ‘early’ plaque used from 1953-1955 and 50% have the ‘late’ plaque that I thought was not used until 1956. Was there a transition at some point or should all 1955 model year cars have the ‘early’ plaque.

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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#2 Post by Ned Gorski » Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:39 pm

The new reutter badge was used on the 55 US import cars and the the older reutter badge was used up on the 55 non us import cars until the stock ran out .. So if you see a 55 with the early badge its most likely a non us imported car . but like all things porsche there were exceptions to the rule .

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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#3 Post by Jonathan Schneiderman » Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:58 pm

Thanks for the info. Any idea if the ‘late badge’ would have been on a US market tourist delivery car?
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#4 Post by Ned Gorski » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:41 pm

Jonathan
i would think the late badge would be correct for the tourist delivered car as the factor knew from the start where the car was going .

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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#5 Post by Jonathan Schneiderman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:53 pm

That would certainly make sense. I appreciate the insight. According to the COA my car was sold with US equipment, however, it is a non-continental badged car and void or rocker trim. Two features I usually associate to RoW cars. That got me wondering about the Reutter badge. Does anyone happen to know if the hole spacing is the same for the early and late badges?
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#6 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:45 pm

This an original '55 Hoffman delivery car badge. Hole spacing for it and for a '59 badge are ~36mm. I think the earlier badge you pictured is the same, but what's really critical is the hole spacing on your car.
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#7 Post by Martin Bruechle » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:35 pm

Would a 53 coupe Germany (not USA) delivery have a badge ?

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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#8 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:38 pm

My '53 German delivery cab (08/17/53) had a badge. Accurate reproduction badges are available from ERLKÖNIG CLASSIC https://erlkoenig-classic.de/en/Reutter ... es-Decals/.
The '50-'53 version is enameled with 32mm hole spacing. The '53-'55 version is aluminum with 37mm hole spacing. Evidently there was no standard for the application during model year '53. James Davies' '53 coupe was a Hoffman delivery Deluxe car completed 3-weeks before mine with 32mm spacing, yet there are a couple of February and March '53 cars with 37mm hole spacing.
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#9 Post by Jonathan Schneiderman » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:22 pm

So it sounds like the 2nd generation ‘flat’ Reutter Badge has the same spacing as the ‘late’ Reutter badge.
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#10 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:17 pm

That's correct to my knowledge.
I had my photos mismarked, but I've corrected the spacing description via edits.
I remeasured my '55 oval badge and still come up with ~36.3mm.
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Re: 1955 Reutter Badge

#11 Post by Martin Bruechle » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:38 am

Thanks Spencer.

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