• Oct 21, 2010
The oldest Porsche in the U.S., a 1952 356 Cabriolet in Oklahoma – Click above for high-res image gallery

This is Porsche's 60th anniversary in America, and the automaker began a search in August for the oldest model in the country. Today, it announced the winner: Dr. Robert Wilson's restored 1952 Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet and its 1.5-liter, 60-horsepower tail-mounted engine. It was brought into the country by the man who brought Porsche to the country in 1950, Max Hoffman.

Turns out there's an even older Porsche here as well, although it was brought here, not sold here. Richard Brumme has a blue 1950 356 Cabriolet, one of the first produced, according to Porsche. The company also sought the oldest models from each of its twelve other lines, and incredibly, almost all of them are on the East Coast. Only two are west of the Mississippi, and one of them is in Texas. A 2006 Cayman is left alone to represent California.

A press release on the search is after the jump. Wilson's 1952 Cab will be on display at the LA Auto Show next month, and you can check out the others in the gallery of photos below and at www.Porsche60years.com.



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Porsche Classic Search Crowns Rare 1952 356 Cabriolet as America's Oldest Import

National search also finds 12 of the earliest models sold in America


ATLANTA, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Porsche Cars North America embarked on a quest to find the oldest Porsche sold in America. The Porsche Classic Search, conducted online at www.Porsche60Years.com, encouraged individuals from coast to coast to submit documentation that his or her Porsche was one of the earliest in its category to be retailed on American soil. With awards and bragging rights at stake, the call for entries yielded an impressive collection of finalists, including the oldest U.S. - retailed model found, a lovingly restored 1952 Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet.

Launched in August, the My Porsche Classic Search received hundreds of submissions from Porsche owners across the country. Among them was a rare 1952 356 Cabriolet owned by Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla. Wilson's car was imported in November of 1952 by Austrian businessman, Max Hoffman, in New York, who brought the first Porsche cars to the U.S. beginning in 1950. The 1.5 liter, 60 horsepower gem was discovered in a salvage yard by Wilson years after arriving on U.S. soil and meticulously restored.

The My Porsche Classic Search also yielded the discovery of another distinguished and even rarer Porsche - a blue 1950 356 Cabriolet owned by Richard Brumme of Annapolis, Md. This car is one of the very first series production 356s built in Stuttgart, after the company relocated from Gmund, Austria. Impeccably restored with original parts sourced from around the globe, the 1950 356 Cabriolet was also recently honored with the 2010 Best in Show and Best in Class Awards at the 356 Registry's annual gathering in Cleveland, Ohio. While Brumme's car is unique and special, it was not the oldest Porsche actually retailed in America. This distinction goes to Wilson's 356 Cabriolet of 1952.

Porsche also encouraged owners of cars spanning 12 model ranges to enter their cars for a shot at earning the 'oldest' designation for their respective car model. Apart from the 356 lineup, entries were submitted for the Porsche 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Carrera GT and Cayman. The oldest Porsche models in America and their owners are:

• 1965 911: Barry August of Clarksville, Md.
• 1965 912: Steve Torkelsen of Wilton, Conn.
• 1970 914: Ralph Stoesser of Marco Island, Fla.
• 1977 924: Jay Hoover of New Haven, Ind.
• 1977 928: Jim Doerr of Richmond, Va.
• 1983 944: John Denning of Covington, Wash.
• 1992 968: Jeffrey Coe of Trumball, Conn.
• 1997 Boxster: David Adrian of Worcester, Mass.
• 2004 Cayenne: Adam Reichard of Magnolia, Texas
• 2005 Carrera GT: Robert Ingram of Durham, N.C.
• 2006 Cayman: Eugenie Thomas of Martinez, Calif.

A photo gallery of the oldest Porsches and car details can be viewed at www.Porsche60years.com.

Porsche plans to honor the owners of these cars with an exclusive badge issued by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, and by featuring images of the cars at the new "Sixty Years of Porsche in America" exhibit, which opened in the museum on Oct. 12. Additionally, the 1950 356 will be displayed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, where it will join the company's newest models.

The celebration is not yet over. Porsche aficionados still have an opportunity to participate in Porsche's 60th anniversary. Open until Nov. 1, the My Porsche Passion Contest encourages enthusiasts to submit a 500-word story that communicates their passion for a specific Porsche car or an experience with the Porsche brand at www.Porsche60Years.com. The top 20 stories, selected by a special panel of Porsche judges, will be available for public judging Oct. 25 – Oct. 31. Fans are encouraged to vote online for their favorite essays from the list of 20 finalists. The three entries with the most votes will win an all-expense-paid trip to the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Ala.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc
A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c.F.Porsche, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and its 197 dealers offer U.S. customers some of the most technically advanced and high-performance vehicles in the world. Porsche is also synonymous with supreme quality and first-class customer treatment. A testament to this is the fact that Porsche has been ranked No.1 in J.D. Power and Associates' prestigious Initial Quality Study (IQS) during four of the past five years. Also, Porsche is fully and publically committed to being a leader in significantly lowering emissions, and saving fuel. The company's guiding credo is "Porsche Intelligent Performance" and the goal is to prove that Porsche's high performance and efficiency are not contradictory terms. A dramatic example of this is the highly-anticipated 918 Spyder - a super sports car that is also a planned plug-in hybrid. Of course this is nothing new for Porsche, which for 62 years has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations. Obviously, one expects such achievements from the most revered race car brand in the world --- one that has accumulated more than 28,000 motorsport victories. Today, PCNA imports the cars that are the product of this great history, including the iconic 911 series, the renowned Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismo cars.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a sweet ride.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lovely.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 912 picture on their site is pretty cool. That's the only Porsche I've ever driven - a '67 912.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What stupid owner thought this his 2006 Cayman was the oldest Porsche in the country? Seriously?

      In either case, those who say this Porsche is ugly, I dare you to drive one. Yea, it's slow. Yes, it kind of... floats on the road. Yes, it has a massive steering wheel.

      But man does it ever have charisma.
        • 4 Years Ago
        haha, it is the oldest sold in each model category listed in the press release.

        east coast w/ way better taste.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nope!..........Still looks like a bathtub!..........
      • 4 Years Ago
      You have that right. Beautiful design and build. The 356 gives restorers fits with the bodywork. It is difficult to bring them up to the level of quality they left the factory with. Most classic cars can be easily restored to better than factory not the 356. Too bad the prices are going sky high on these as I always wanted one. The silver lining is that it may be worth the investment to restore a car that did not have a financial upside before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of my all time favorite cars and one of the first cars I ever drove as well. I was only like 13 or so when my father let me drive his 356. I am pretty sure that's what made me car crazy. It had a feeling like not too much has given me since.

      My fathers was wrecked by a drunken teenager about 10 years ago now and it seriously felt like a close member of our family died.

      Luckily, we found a place in Huntington Beach that restores them. My father decided on a cabriolet, and I picked up a cream white coupe for myself, just like the one my father had owned before.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Art on wheels. They don't make them like that anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's cute and nice in a classical way.

      But... it remind me of the new VW Beetle. Then again I remember when the new VW Beetle debut at LA convention, I was like whooooa porsche like. Then next thing you know, I was entering a pokemon cartoon competition to win a new VW Beetle outfitted to look like a pikachu.
      • 4 Years Ago
      always ugly no matter what generation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1.......can't say "hater" but I'll repeat it again ...... they look the "same"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, glad I am not the only Porsche hater here. That thing was the original Roomba.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shouldn't a '52 have a two piece windshield? Nice car........Orin Henderson of California had a couple of 4 digit serial numbered cars. I'm pretty sure/positive that they were older than that Cab. RIP Orin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, the winners in each category might not actually be the oldest of that model in the US. Vehicles in each of the 12 categories was scored based on age (50%) and condition (50%), highest score wins. If there was a tie, the vehicle with the higher condition score won. Also, this was done by user submission, so there could be older cars out there whose owner didn't know about the contest.

      BTW, the beautiful red 356 doesn't appear on the Porsche site as the winner, the blue 1950 one does.
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