Rare 'garage find' Porsche to sell after sitting untouched for 40 years

Joes Garage

Joes Garage

2016-10-05 11:29:10

A rare Porsche that spent 40 years sat untouched in a Texas garage is heading for sale in Pennsylvania this week.

The car, a 1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster, will cross the block as part of the RM Sotheby's 10th anniversary Hershey sale.

The car was bought in Dallas in 1967 by 26-year-old Sam Flemming, who was inspired to repaint the car from its original white to a striking shade of orange - to match the colour of a ballpoint pen his friend had given him.

The car played a large role in Flemming's life; he drove it down to Mexico to meet the parents of Nely, his future wife and the love of his life, and together they enjoyed the car for years, calling it their little "bathtub".

In the mid-1970s the couple parked it up for the last time in the garage of their home near Dallas – where it sat for some 40 years, untouched and carefully preserved by the warm, dry Texas climate. To this day Nely still carries the bright orange pen once owned by her late husband as a lucky charm.

(Images: RM Sotheby

(Images: RM Sotheby's)

Having remained hidden for four decades, the Porsche was recently rediscovered by auto archaeologist Tom Cotter, noted author of several books and host of the recent web series The Barn Find Hunter.

The car is presented in almost complete condition, with a matching-numbers engine and manual transmission, along with a highly rare and desirable fiberglass hardtop.

Described as the car that "Porsche enthusiasts dreams of finding", the 365 represents the perfect opportunity for a complete frame-off restoration – or simply a gentle return to its original paint colour.

It will now cross the block with an estimate price of $200,000 - $250,000.

The RM Sotheby's Hershey sale takes place at the historic Hershey Lodge on October 6-7.

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