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"...restored it to perfection in order to enter it in the 2021 Porsche Restoration Challenge. The Porsche dealer envisioned how Galpin would build the 356 during the 1950s in a period-correct restoration it calls "Galpanized."



Okay, so today I learned that I don't ever want to have anything 'Galpanized'.

This looks like another one of those show cars designed to attract attention on a crowded floor of professionally finished cars. A perfect silver over burgundy with baby moons just wouldn't have cut it there. Someone thought it needed to be Galpanized.

Me, I think I would have preferred Emoryized.

Maybe it would photograph better in black and white.

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@edsnova posted:

the paint is beautiful

Maybe, but not with that top. Green and red? What is this, Santa's new sleigh?

@edsnova posted:

the tartan/plaid inserts are cute.

The tartan plaid interior takes the red/green mistake, and ramps it up to 11.

@edsnova posted:

the only glaring error is the wheels.

Perhaps. Or the wheels and the bumpers. Or the wheels and the bumpers and the top. Or the wheels and the bumpers and the top and the seats.

Tough crowd? Perhaps. I can guarantee that if this was the only speedster I had ever seen, I'd have saved a small fortune and half a lifetime of fussing and farting with a ridiculous little clown car.

Maybe it's not so bad.

Maybe it's not so bad? Yeah, it is. The chrome bumpers make it look like a Beetle. The plaid seats are a bad reminder of the VW and Porsche special interiors of the 70s.

And that green? In the 70s 911s were all sorts of Crayola colors. They look "right". This does not. Maybe it's everything in combination, because I like Kevin's green machine in California.

And those wheels? They look equivalent to any wheels other than wide5s on a Spyder. Yup, that bad.

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Maybe we're all being a bit parochial in our reaction to this car.

Remember that avocado refrigerators took a little while to catch on, and then, wham, everyone had to have one.

The same with orange shag carpeting.

This is nuanced in a mid-century kind of way that will probably take some time to fully appreciate.

The thing is, at my age, I may not have enough time left.

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@DannyP posted:

Maybe it's not so bad? Yeah, it is. The chrome bumpers make it look like a Beetle. The plaid seats are a bad reminder of the VW and Porsche special interiors of the 70s.

And that green? In the 70s 911s were all sorts of Crayola colors. They look "right". This does not. Maybe it's everything in combination, because I like Kevin's green machine in California.

And those wheels? They look equivalent to any wheels other than wide5s on a Spyder. Yup, that bad.

I whole heartedly agree, except for the interiors. I loved them. But IMO Porsche did them tastefully. My 912 had the grey/black psychedelic checkerboard “Pascha” inserts from a 70’s 911.



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I would argue a period correct rebuild would look rather mundane…well compared to a mint green Speedster with red and plaid interior that is!

The Mona Lisa is just a common portrait of a rather plain looking woman with an odd smile.That didn't stop me from waiting in line for an hour to spend 2 minutes 15 ft away from it at the Louvre. I don't think the portrait would have been improved if she were sporting dreadlocks under a trucker's hat and Def Leppard t-shirt, with clowns on a trapeze in the background.

@dlearl476 posted:

I like the color. Had the interior been brown with tan plaid inserts, and body-colored bumpers, I could even live with the wheels. But I think the kidney-hole Halibrands would look better. Even in gold.

I guess every pot has a lid - but the longer I look at this thing, the worse it gets.

The 356 is already a ridiculously small and not very manly looking, and has a size-tiny lawn mower engine in the back. Saddle that little girl scale car with a color that looks like the car came in a Malibu Barbie playset with a Don Johnson action figure, and I'm just taking a hard pass.

To my eye, a 356 or Spyder needs a very solid, very cold, very "manly" color to avoid looking like a child's toy. All the mint greens and powder blues and whatnot may as well be pink.

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I'm hoping Motor Trend does a spread on more of the cars in this contest. Basically Porsche North America challenged all of their dealers to find a vintage Porsche and do either an all out restoration or resto-mod. PNA kicked in a fair amount of money to each dealer provided they spent at least $20K on the restoration/resto-mod project. From what I remember at least 20 some dealers were participating in the contest. I'd really like to see what some of the other dealerships did.

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I don't know about the 'manly' colors thing.

I've seen this car work well in strong colors (bright red, apple green) and 'softer' colors, too - some lighter grays, pale olive green, and even the ivory I went with, which (I think) was the most popular color for the original 356 by a wide margin. It also works in 'industrial' colors - a lot of silvers, greyish blues, and matte metal finishes. It even looks good beat up and weathered a little.

What it doesn't like is to be all gussied up. It gets by on its shape. It doesn't need a lot of makeup.

We call it a clean, simple shape, although it isn't really. There are no slabs. There are endless curves. One rolls into another, and then another, and another until you've worked your way all the way around.

It's an optical trick that's very hard to pull off. But, there it is in this tiny jelly bean that leaves everyone smiling. Like the Mona Lisa, its appeal is its simplicity, that somehow isn't quite so simple. We're left charmed, but we don't quite understand why.

When you try to do it up in orange tangerine flake, you lose almost every time. You're adding the unnecessary. You don't have to yell if everyone's already listening.

If there's one thing this car doesn't need, it's more cow bell.

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