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1962 356 Restoration

2019 Porsche Classic Restoration Competition
Pfaff Porsche: 1962 Porsche 356

Episode 1 of Pfaff Porsche's Classic Restoration. See episode 2 below.

The 356 is a lightweight and nimble-handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two-door available both in hardtop coupé and open configurations. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965.
Model Features.
Raised bumpers with bumper guards with pronounced tapering at the top // Still trims // One-piece curved windscreen // Handle on luggage compartment lid flared at bottom and with Porsche Crest // Raised headlights // Teardrop-shaped tail lights with integrated direction indicators // Round and protruding front direction indicators with adjacent two-slit horn grilles // Rear direction indicators integrated in tail lights // Brake lights integrated in tail light // Reversing light centrally located under rear bumper // Number plate lighting integrated in rear bumper // Tailpipes protrude through bumper guards // Dome hub caps

Vincent Ho and His Porsche Classic Passion.

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Vincent Ho, a Porsche Specialist at Pfaff Porsche, has always been highly interested in classic Porsche cars. His dream car had always been a Porsche 356 but he had always dismissed it as "just a dream". He did not know whether he would be lucky enough to come across a classic Porsche 356 for sale. When his friend showed him a picture of one on sale, he jumped at the opportunity. 

Although Vincent had wanted to do a full restoration on the vehicle, he never executed on this idea. With the announcement of the Porsche Classic Restoration Competition, Vincent thought this was the perfect occasion to start and complete the daunting restoration process. Having spent 20+ years as a Porsche employee, he plans on keeping his 1962 Porsche 356 as a trophy after he retires. He will never sell this vintage gem after it gets restored during Pfaff Porsche's Classic Restoration Project.

Restoration Project.

The Pfaff Porsche team will work on restoring the following components of the 1962 Porsche 356 for a full restoration.
  • Structure and Chassis
  • External Body
  • Internal Body and Components
  • Engine and Transmission

The original state of the vehicle: 

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Vehicle Disassembled and Stripped
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More Bodywork: Acid Dip

In preparation for the repairing and rebuilding of our project vehicle, we had out 1962 Porsche 356 dipped in a 20 ft. long, 8 ft. wide, and 6 ft. deep dipping tank that removed paint and rust from all steel and aluminium parts.

Car was dipped into a tank for several hours

Caustic solution flowed into areas where traditional stripping or blasting could never reach

Chemical-stripping left our 1962 Porsche 356 looking fresh and clean and ready for additional body work before proceeding to paint. 

Auto Body Repair After Acid Dip

We have currently completed the structural reinforcement and repair step of the auto body restoration process.

Front/Left: Completed 04.24.19

Right: In Progress

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The restoration of our 1962 Porsche 356 goes well beyond the surface. To complement repairs, our very own Mike McCarthy has been tasked with rebuilding the engine and transmission of this vintage gem. 

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Follow Our Video Series:
Watch Episode 1 of Our Restoration Process. 

Watch Episode 2 of Our Restoration Process.