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Ok,, just have to clear up some of the misconceptions about the 359. I have collected a lot of information on them, over the past 4 years,, and even discussed them with a former CMC employee, so I am reasonably sure of my statements.
The 359 was layed up in its own molds,, and is not a 356 with extra pieces grafted on. Mine certainly is made with single layups. The body shape is very different from a 356's,, and the wheel base is 89.5 inches. Mine weighs in at 1760lbs (with a 1/4 tank of gas). I do note however, that the literature I have says it can weigh up to 1875lbs, depending on engine choice. The only panels that it shares with the 356 are the doors and windshield assembly.
My car has had 3 years of pretty spirited driving,, and it is not showing any serious cracks. Previous owners drove it for 3 more years prior,, but I think they were relatively gentle with it. I have certainly seen lots of cmc 356's with a lot more cracking. So I guess I am lucky.
The kits came with a filler panel where the oem Porsche center reflector could be mounted. Some owners will throw the 911sc reflector cause it looks so much better. But you have to look long and hard to find one at a reasonable price (yes,, I did). I believe Porsche could care less about 356 replicas or any of the other older designs that might bear its likeness. They are not like Ferrari or Lambo' in this respect, and are not likely to sue anyone. 359 kits were produced by CMC mostly,, and a few by ThunderRanch. I don't think any kits were manufactured overseas,, but kits shipped everywhere,, and could certainly have found their way back.
Just want to add,, that this site is the best. And my trip to Carlisle a few back was a gas. I still have my Speedsters Mug, and put it to good use on special occasions !! Thanks Gang !! Alan