Unrestored Porsche 356s Are Getting Incredibly Expensive

A dealer wants nearly $150,000 for this original, non-running 356—and it doesn't even come with the original engine.

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If you haven't already noticed, prices for the once reasonable Porsche 356 are going nowhere but up. This dealer in Santa Ana, California, has something impossibly cool: an unrestored . You should buy it.

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The dealer, Kurt Tanner Motorcars, bought the car from its second owner of the past 53 years. They claim the car was purchased from the original owner in Illinois in 1965, then shipped to New York. During that time, the engine went missing, and was replaced by another 1500cc unit from a 1953 car. It was then painted blue (from its original black), and had its original tan interior dyed red.

The car, despite now being about five different colors, looks to be in fairly good condition considering its old enough to collect social security. Most of the body panels are straight, and all the glass is there. The only major issue is the rear end, which seems to have been pushed in at some point. The engine bay seems fine as well, but the same can't be said for the interior. The seats are faded and ripped, while the dash has definitely seen better days. The car certainly needs some serious attention to get back into shape.

That brings us to the price. Kurt Tanner Motorcars is asking $149,500 for this car, which is a lot of money—especially for something that needs so much work. But considering its collectibility (the early "Pre-A" cars are arguably the most desirable 356s of all), we'd say there's probably someone out there willing to pay the dealer's asking price. Plus, it's just so much cooler to have a car that looks like its been used.

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