This certainly has been a most entertaining reminiscing booklet that we need to send to @Marty Grzynkowicz lest he forgets what he is planning to leave to be an Alpha Doggy minus his IM Roadster.
I enjoyed the comments on being somewhat of an unacceptable child in the look alike contest of the 356 world, it is especially obvious when one tries to explain what kind of car we have.
John, take the above advice and try to get to some cruise weekend where some of these guys are and try the right seat of many cars to see what options and style of car you like. Style as in, builders, engines options etc.
Carlisle might be a wash but maybe Marty will be in Naples soon with his IM, or MotoCarlo in Georgia is selling his IM roadster.
Jim, show John how to pack a 356 before a trip That would be really important information to complete his education @MusbJim