1951/2 Porsche Split Window

Directors Choice Best in Show North Meets the South 2009

First in Class North Meets the South 2009

Registry Holiday show winner

The Dr. Johnson Porsche 356 book shows the 11201 serial number being built after October of 51 and before 1952 production serial numbers begin. The certificate of authenticity shows the original motor numbers as 30139 a 1500 only available from October of 51 on and listed by serial number from 1951 production prior to a 52 serial number. As we often find with Porsche records they donít have a lot of information on these early cars and no production completion date is available but from identifying the chassis and motor numbers with the certificate from Porsche along with a break down of production from the Dr. Johnson book this car was clearly a late 51 manufactured car that was identified as a 52 for the next model year sales. Cars manufactured in 1952 start with 11301 according to the Dr. Johnson and 1500 motors begin with serial number 30751 for the same year of manufacturing. The data plate is stamped 52 and was one of the last produced split window cars we see being manufactured in 1951.The only other information on the certificate states the car was ivory.

The car is most recently from the Huffman collection and before that was owned by Dr. Ed Kollar who had Thomas Birch of California restore the car. In the documentation accompanying the car we found a summary write up pertaining to the car and the work that was done over a 10 year period completed around 2004 before being sold. Engine is correct 2 piece case and proper 1500 displacement. Engine runs fine was tuned and tested and we just did a fresh detail including plating and powder coating so it looks as new and starts right up on the button. The summary shows a new clutch at the time of motor with new oil temp on dipstick sender a new gas tank valve and as having the original transmission noted as a noisy crash box but fun to drive. Continuing with the body described as having the original floor pan with a slight repair to the rear of the floor other wise rust free and original. The longitudinal, jack points and other structural areas are noted as being very dry and rust free along with the rockers. We just did an entire undercarriage detail and had it all re-sprayed and installed 4 new shocks so it looks freshly detailed and should ride as designed. The hood is numbered original and the handle, door knobs and other exterior parts are noted as original. N.O.S. parts are listed as being wipers and blades and rectangular taillights. Gear shift knob and most interior knobs and handles stated as original and restored. The car has new trim and rubber also with all new upholstery by Autos International done in the proper original style to duplicate it as close as possible and includes the luggage straps in the rear area, along with the proper carpeting and headliner.

Delivered new in Wiesbaden and then brought to the states this early body bumper split screen coupe is very detail orientated well sorted and correctly restored. Extremely rare is this one of the fewest of production cars configured the same as the first steel body Porsche built in 1950. A true piece of historic significance from the premier sports car manufacturer when things were just beginning for a little company called Porsche. For the true collector a beautiful example and well priced compared with the other 2 split windows we have seen sell recently.

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