Parked 30 Years: 1964 Porsche 356

Imagine seeing a barn find Porsche 356 pop up in your own backyard – and never even catch a whiff of it? That’s how I’m feeling about this 1964 Porsche 356, which was apparently discovered in Rhode Island by well-known air-cooled sleuth Unobtanium, Inc. You’ll find the Light Ivory 356 here on eBay in nicely preserved condition, with a complete interior and drivetrain but obviously in need of restoration. Bidding is just under $20K with no reserve.

More surprising than my not finding it is that my colleagues in the German collector car community didn’t sniff this one out. I have a few colleagues who tend to get the first call when a Porsche needs to be extracted, so I’m not sure how they missed this one. Regardless, the 356 does have plenty of rust, but it also doesn’t appear to have had any major parts removed or damaged.

The seller notes the interior is still in respectable and very complete condition, and the 356 will come with records going back to 1966. However, photos do show plenty of typical 356 floor rot, so plan on replacing the entire pan or at least large sections of floor panels before driving. At least the interior is a fine place to spend time while that cosmetic work is being done.

Despite the surface rust, the 356 looks quite tidy going down the sides, and panel alignment seems decent. The seller notes that while restoration is needed, there’s a lot to like here, and I tend to agree: far rustier projects have pulled this kind of money, but this car shows some upside if the floor repairs can be done relatively affordably – it certainly has less rust than the last one.

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Comments

  1. Steve R

    Cool cars. The quantity of cars being pulled out of garages is amazing. I hope they go to good homes.

    I think your definition of surface rust is a bit too forgiving.

    Steve R

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  2. LARRY

    I’d rather have the riding mower in the first picture

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    • Motoring mo

      Wow! A numbers matching Craftsman LT2000?
      Time to cash in my 401K!

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  3. Kurt

    I don’t think Appaloosa was an original factory paint scheme…

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  4. TimM

    Get out the sanding discs!!
    Nice find though!!
    Probably wants the room for a bigger mower!!!

  5. moosie moosie

    Is that original paint, pretty flaky huh, I’m surprised that guy from Queens N.Y. didn’t sniff this one out first. It look like this one might have spent some time out in Chicago judging by the receipts pictured.

  6. Del

    Nothing 100 grand won’t fix.

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