BESPOKE RESTORATION PROJECT FOR BRITISH MALE FASHION MODEL, DAVID GANDY. THIS VEHICLE IS NOT CURRENTLY FOR SALE, BUT SIMILAR MODELS CAN BE SOURCED FOR DISCERNING CUSTOMERS SEEKING THE CAR OF THEIR DREAMS. PLEASE CONTACT US
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1964 | COLOUR: NAVY BLUE | INTERIOR TRIM: TAN LEATHER WITH CLOTH INSERTS | PRICE: SOURCED & SECURED
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The first Porsche 356 rolled off the production line in Stuttgart in 1950. Production ran until 1965 when manufacturing ceased, by which time over 76,000 examples of various model designations had been produced.
It was Porsche’s first production vehicle, with an evolution starting with the 356 now referred to as the Pre-A, the 356A introduced in 1955, the 356B in late 1959, and the final series 356C introduced for the 1964 model year. In each form, they were built predominantly as either Coupe or Cabriolets. The Karmann bodied Notchback coupes and cabriolets (1961-62) are especially sought after now, as is the limited production four-cam racing ‘Carrera’ version introduced in 1954.
The 356 was created by Ferdinand ‘Ferry’ Porsche (son of Ferdinand Porsche – company founder). In 1972, during a PCA magazine interview, he summarises his thinking behind the concept as: “I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW, and others... By the end of the war, I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine, and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car, it is nicer to drive than if you have a big car which is also overpowered. And it is more fun. On this basic idea, we started the first Porsche prototype.”
This lightweight approach quickly gained the 356 its popularity, and combined with its power-weight ratio, the rear-engined layout, nimble handling, and excellent build quality gave the 356 a proper driver appeal – a proven formula that also provided a class win at Le Mans in 1951. Power outputs varied between 44hp for the original 1131cc engine and 130hp for the later 1966cc Carrera versions.
The Pre-A or ‘prototype’ Austrian built 356s were aluminium bodied, but when manufacturing moved to Germany, Porsche contracted Reutter to manufacture the bodies in steel, and eventually bought the company in 1963. Reutter retained the seat manufacturing sector of their business, but later changed their name to Recaro – forming the company we’re much more familiar with today.
In October 1964, the 356’s successor, the iconic 911 made its debut – but its enduring popularity ensured production continued well into 1965.
In response to David’s original project brief to “produce a nicely restored driving car with that personal touch, subtle upgrades and body modifications”, Parry Chana sourced the base Porsche 356 to form the basis of David’s vision.
Lux Classics worked closely throughout this entire bespoke ‘labour of love’ project with David, incorporating his own design and vision into the restoration.
To form a solid foundation to work with, new door skins, side sills / rocker panels and wing sections were initially required, all of which were fabricated and replaced. Every other component on the entire vehicle, seen or unseen was then stripped, rebuilt, or replaced as required.
With numerous subtle upgrades and modifications, the finished vehicle is now painted in dark blue, reminiscent of the period ‘Bali Blue’. It sits on larger, painted single knock-off wheels, with a lower ride height, closer fitting bumpers, and bespoke re-trimmed interior.
David is extremely proud of the completed project, and comments that “Lux Classics have done an incredible job bringing my vision to life”
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