Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

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Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#1 Post by Paul Rensel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:37 am

Hi all,

I recently started a full restoration of a very (very) rare 1961 Apal Porsche Coupe 1600.
Only 150 cars were built between 1961-1965 by Apal in Blegny/Belgium (Europe) and only 30 of them were using Porsche 356B parts/drivetrain/suspension.

Unfortunally the car was for the most part dismantled and a lot of small (Porsche) items missing
Regarding the fact that still some Porsche parts are present inside the car I regard my car as one of these few.
Screenshot 2022-06-04 at 13-42-50 ② Apal coupé carrosserie complète 1960 — Carrosserie — 2dehands.png
This is how it can be in the end :-)
ApalMeeting2.jpg

If anyone has more information about these cars or just want to chat about it, let me know :-)

Paul

PS: I'm located in The Netherlands

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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Jun 22, 2022 1:04 pm

Paul: PM sent.
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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#3 Post by C J Murray » Wed Jun 22, 2022 3:44 pm

Congratulations! I love oddball cars and have owned some. Enjoy being "different". Didn't our club publish an article about the Apal? People here that still possess a memory will let you know. Best of luck.
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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#4 Post by Mike Wilson » Wed Jun 22, 2022 4:30 pm

Google APAL car for articles on the APAL. Petrolicious has a good one.

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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#5 Post by Paul Rensel » Wed Jun 22, 2022 5:31 pm

Thanks for the comments, I did find some articles allready on the Coupe.
Also met some Apal (buggy) owners last weekend at the clubmeet near the old factory in Belgium.
As far as I know there seem to be three cars in the USA.
There were 2 in The Netherlands but these have been sold (to the USA it seems)
So I'm pretty much on my own with my 'special' car.
I also applied for 356 club membership at the local club and they take it in consideration if they allow me or not when they regard it not as a replica but a brother/sister car to the 356..

For now I'm on the hunt for parts to complete 356B brakesystem.
I have the rear drums, located a set of 4 backing plates and one front drum.
All other brake parts can be bought new like cylinders, springs, shoes etc..
Although being close to Germany it's rather a challenge to locate the correct datecoded parts.

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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#6 Post by Michael Branning » Wed Jun 22, 2022 7:06 pm

If you go to the Document library on the main website and type in APAL in the text search, it brings up 2 articles….one written by Gordon Maltby.
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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#7 Post by Jules Dielen » Fri Jun 24, 2022 1:13 pm

Paul, email sent on an unrestored one in NL with B brakes. Maybe useful to you as a reference
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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#8 Post by Paul Rensel » Fri Jun 24, 2022 3:55 pm

Thanks Jules, email received.
I will get in touch with him.

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Re: Apal Porsche Coupe 1600 restoration

#9 Post by Puygranier Antoine » Thu Jun 30, 2022 12:42 am

What a cool project, thanks for letting us follow the restoration here!

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