Name:  Curt Crowell (car #1)

My car:

1957 T1 1600N coupe 58,986.

Tip-off that a 356 was the car for me:

While attending college in Champaign-Urbana, I happened to walk by the armory during a car show.  First car I saw was a 356A coupe, there must have been other cars there, but I only remember the Porsche coupe.  After graduating and finding a job I bought the first used Porsche I found, for $2500. It was 1959.

My age when I acquired my first 356:


Engine type:

A 1600N "Damen", but later the car was propelled by a 1500N engine rescued from a Speedster found in an Evanston junkyard, later by a two piece case 1500S.  It will be reunited with its "original" engine soon.  The case will be original, not much else.

Miles driven per year:

From 1983 to 1988 we averaged 5,141 miles per year.  Car was used for daily transportation until the floor would no longer support the driver's seat in 1991.

Favorite destination:

Meadowdale, took drivers ed in this car, it wore a big "X" (beginner).   No police--that was heaven!!!

Fantasy road trip:

Drive it in Europe.

Most inconvenient mechanical failure:

Stuck exhaust valve somewhere around Fond du Lac, WI.  Limped home on three cylinders.  Bad day, all for 0.001" stem clearance.

Car I'd have if I couldn't have a 356:


What I like most about my car:


Most unique feature:

Well, it's about to have dual circuit disc brakes, 12V, otherwise pretty stock.

Most recent repair:

Car is currently a shell, recently dipped at Restoration Specialists in Milwaukee, then "E" coated in Michigan.  Now at Dave Zimmer's Paintwerks.  I'm paying the price for street parking the car for many years.

Longest drive so far:

Aspen a couple of times, including the 5th parade.

Next project with this car:

Put it back together.  It's going to look like it just came out the doors of Reutter, this time in Ruby Red, not its original black.

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