When you’re on the hunt for a great barn find, you have to search every barn you can get into, even if it looks to be a lost cause. It doesn’t matter how dilapidated the barn looks, you just never know what you might find hiding in there. The seller of this barn find knows just how true this really is. Looking at this barn you might think that anything you would find in there would be ruined, but when the seller pulled the collapsed roof away from the barn they uncovered an undamaged 1963 Porsche 356 Coupe. The car can now be found here on eBay.
Now the seller of this car had an advantage that most of us don’t, as they’re father had owned this car at one point in time and they knew the following owner had stashed it somewhere on his property. This car was the one Porsche displayed in their booth at the 1963 New York Auto Show. At that point in time the car had been fitted with the very rare Rudge wheels, but sadly the seller’s father removed and sold them to another Porsche owner.
Even after having the roof cave in around it, this car is surprisingly intact. That isn’t saying it won’t need some serious work thought. Having spent its life in the New Hampshire area means it has rust issues that will need to be addressed. It also needs a new interior and mechanical work. It will likely be a major undertaking to get it back on the road someday.
Looking at the motor you might notice this isn’t the standard 1.6 liter that came in the base model 356B. That’s because it’s the slightly more powerful 1600 Super engine. This 1.6 liter boxer four only puts out 75 hp, but that’s plenty of power for this light weight rear engined coupe. Plus if you’re driving a 356, it probably isn’t for the power, but for the superb handling.
As you can see the interior is in need of some serious attention. It looks like most of the components are still with the car, but there are a few missing pieces. Thankfully, there is still a very dedicated following for the 356, so parts shouldn’t be too difficult to come by. Looking at the 356′s interior, it’s easy to see how this car influenced the 911′s interior design.
We are glad that the roof didn’t completely cave in on this 356 and crush it, but we are sad that it was left in such terrible conditions. It could be expensive to get this car running again, but given how desirable 356s are becoming it should be worth the work. The number of 356s remaining is a testament to what a great car these really are. Of the 76,000 built, it’s believed that 70,000 are still in existence. Those of you that have restored one of these cars, what do you think is a reasonable estimate of restoration costs? And remember to never underestimate what an old barn could be hiding.