• May 28, 2008
Over on the Jalopy Journal's HAMB (that's Hokey-Ass Message Board, BTW) you can usually find tales of barn finds, re-purchased first cars and from-the-verge-of-death restoration projects. But every now and then there's a heartbreaking account of a car just too far gone for Bondo. If we're lucky, there's pictures.

And in the case of board member Mobile Chicane, there's several pictures of a Porsche 356 left to rust for 30 years in a Wisconsin farm pond. Chicane says the owner of the land only recently discovered the car in his pond after buying the property in 1970. Local sheriff's deputies had been using it for scuba diving practice, but the landowner offered to give it away to anyone willing to haul it out. Underwater cameras showed the car in one piece, but the Porsche split under the strain of being moved.

The new owner, Chicane, is looking it over for any identifying numbers so its history can be traced, but doesn't have much hope for success. What will be done with it is the next question.

HAMB members offer lots of encouragement in the comments like, "That'll buff right out," and "Just throw some red wheels on it," and "Now THAT'S patina!" We like the suggestion that Chip Foose have a go at it on Over Haulin.

Check our gallery for larger photos, and the HAMB for more photos.


[Source: Jalopy Journal via Hemmings Auto Blogs]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i think he lost control and it ended up in the pond and didn't find it or didnt think it was worth retrieving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      man, what will the restorer think when that thing is dropped off.. I think I would take it as my cue to retire.

      It isn't the worst restore job I have seen though. There was a Ferrari F40 that burned in a fire, and all that was left was the factory roll cage, which was subsequently brought back and turned into a F40LM GTE replica.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good point...

        Has the VIN plate rusted away? that is all that is REALLY needed. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      So does this make it the first 'real' water-cooled Porsche?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing this and reading the article in last months R&T about finding a 1962 R&T and seeing what people were selling (Gullwing Merc for $4500 or some silly little amount) makes me think that my sick (?) 2006 Jetta will be worth millions someday... just a dream... ok, not really...

      In the imortal words of Homer Simpson,
      "It's just a little rust. It's ok, it's ok."
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's in better shape than all of you will be in say 100 years. Think about it. You'll all decay away.
      (grim thought of the day)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a job for "Nu-Finish" car polish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car has a "clean" interior.


      Does this property hapen to be the same one that Bates Motel use to be at?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if CARFAX will list this as a "flood" car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well.... the perfect explaination as to why the porsche is in the lake was that it was a mafia hit made to look like an accident....and the guy escaped

      or... maybe the previous farmer's daughter's purity was tainted by this smarmy city slicker hot shot who drove this car and the farmer killed him and then dumped the car and the body in the lake.. but then he went back in and got rid of the body before he sold the land....

      or it was a good place to park the car until a flash flood came in and filled in the area where the car was..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn, what if it was a Carrera?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just buff all the body rot right out.
      • 6 Years Ago

      All them there holes should make 'er go faster n stuff.
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