old race picture... What kind of 356 is this?

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old race picture... What kind of 356 is this?

Postby &1 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 2:13 pm

An old picture of a race I found. In the front there is clearly a 356:
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The rear looks 'too long' for a 356, but it's clearly a 356.

First I thought it was a America Roadster:
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But when I looked closer I came to the conclusion that it cannot be an America Roadster. The shape of the doors is incorrect (they look like regular cabriolet/Speedster doors) and the rear fender is not sloping like the America Speedster but has the 356 lines...

Furthermore it looks like the rim of the fairing is 'thicker' than the one of the America Roadster...

So the question is: who knows what kind of Porsche 356 this is?
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Re: old race picture... What kind of 356 is this?

Postby Greenberg » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:32 pm

It looks like an early 50s pre A.
Ya gotta drive it like ya stole it!
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Re: old race picture... What kind of 356 is this?

Postby mmmexico » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:10 am

It's a 356 and an American Roadster (sort of). The West Coast agent for Porsche, John von Neumann ordered the car for Jack McAfee to race. It was ordered to be delivered without upholstery and in primer because it was only going to be raced. McAfee removed the bumpers and cut bigger vents on the rear deck to get rid of the air…and he cut to bigger vents in the front to cool the brakes. This car was really the prototype for the Speedster.
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Re: old race picture... What kind of 356 is this?

Postby MichaelA » Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:44 pm

A 356 in what appears to be a dirt track race?? The year was obviously post 1958. Notice that there is a 356 of some type immediately behind the subject car. I had no idea that anyone raced circle track with these cars.
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