Name:  Tom Klingbeil

My car:

1958 Speedster.

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

I saw my first Speedster around 1955 or 56.  I imprinted on it like a baby duck.

My age when I acquired my first 356:

22 (I had to settle for a '56 1300 coupe before the Speedster) and 25 for the Speedster.

Engine type:

What it came with.

Miles driven per year:

As many as possible.  I have the trip meter set, I'll let you know come November.

Favorite destination:

Farm country.

Fantasy road trip:

Taking a long road trip in a Speedster is a fantasy.

Most inconvenient mechanical failure:

Cross my fingers.  None.

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

I owned it and sold it.  1955 Austin Healy 100.

What I like most about my car:

356's are "tactile".  In that you want to touch them.  It feels good to dust or polish them.

Most unique feature:

The top.  It does nothing to stop rain.

Most recent repair:

Top, bottom, front, back, upside down, back and forth, in and out, resto.

Longest drive so far:

Before the resto:  Naperville to South Beach 1967, Naperville to Bridgehamton, NY, to watch the Can-Am in 1968.  After, the drive to '07 ECH chasing Tom Funk(what a shake down cruise).

Next project with this car:

Aux. electric fuel pump?  There's not much left to do.