The owner wanted a restoration but 356RESTORE was too busy. Another shop stripped and discovered huge rear end damage. Their metal work estimate went from $5,000 to $12,000. The owner pulled the car. We bought it, put on a rear clip and did other rust repair. Changed color from green to black to match the interior. Sold it for $15,500 to the wife of the previous owner as a birthday surprise for her husband.
Mentioned earlier, we returned this Roadster to Rhome and told him to fit everything to the car before it was painted. We were concerned that due to the heavy damage, parts might not fit i.e. windows to top, bumpers, etc. Rhome never not around to it and it came back for us to assemble, paint and reassemble. Only a few parts didn’t fit and the 356 is now in original color of Royal Blue.
Scotty mentioned earlier actually raced against this 356 in 1954 and 1955. It is also only three serial numbers different from another Pre-A Coupe he owns. So he has sisters. We were able to save the floor pan, longitudinal, and rockers. Major metal work was to the rear which had very, very poor previous repair. Heavy brazing, warpage, and bondo 3/8 inch deep.
BJ is my son and a few years ago moved from Minnesota to Colorado. He now works with me in the shop. After a year of developing his welding and restoration skills we thought it would be good for him to restore a 356 from start to finish with hands off by me-just coaching. We found a ’64 coupe just ten miles away which had been stored outside for 12 years. It had the typical rust which BJ repaired and it is now painted the original Ivory and has a black interior. BJ and his wife, Jen, had the option of selling the finished 356 or keeping it. They kept it and call it “Marshmallow.”
This was one of the few insurance jobs we’ve done. The 356 was stored outside in Basalt, CO under a pipe and canvas car cover which was tied to the rear deck lid. The wind came up, the deck lid was twisted and the pipes beat the car. This is when I learned about “betterment” i.e. insurance only paid for 70% of the paint job since it couldn’t be better than it was before the accident.
Another mountain car from Minturn. Complete restoration and New Aquamarine Blue paint with black interior. Forgot to weld up the mirror hole on the door. Bruce reminded me because he was going with a fender mirror. Had to repair the door. Bruce put in a roll bar and uses this 356 in Autocross. Now in California.