Our friends from Petrolicious recently stopped by Savannah, Georgia for a closer look at Ken Sirlin's 1962 Porsche 356 Cabriolet. Sirlin bought the car while he was living in Brussels in 1985 from a man who carefully scoured the Earth for the perfect donor shell. Once he located it, the car underwent an extensive restoration in order to put it back factory perfection.

Unlike so many restoration queens before it, though, Sirlin's 356 went on to enjoy a little excitement after its rebirth. He used the machine in a few vintage rallies all around Europe, including the Liege Rome Liege event.

That was all before he packed up the 356 Cab and moved to Georgia. Now, the little red convertible serves as a daily driver, plodding around the shaded streets of the historic South and enjoying a life of quiet retirement. As usual, Petrolicious has done an excellent job of capturing both the Porsche and Sirlin's attachment to his car. We suggest you check out the full video below for a closer look.

Southern Revival from Petrolicious on Vimeo.



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      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice. I shall do this with my Ford Focus!
      drbyers
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every man (and woman) should own a manual-equipped convertible sports car.
      John P
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 356 was like a Southwick tweed jacket-you could just wear it. Not like the new 911's where if there was even a little scratch-the dilettante owner would get out of shape. Not a mass produced widget like those to follow. I"ve owned both a '63 coupe and a '59 Cabriolet-great cars. 30 mpg cruising at 80 MPH, supple ride and great seats
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      that is one buttugly car.....i don't care what it is
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every Porsche build today still looks like a Volkswagen Beetle
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        I would buy a Beetle that looks like a new 911.
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Take out the VW engine and replace it with an electric motor and you would have a decent car..
      David Peterson
      • 2 Years Ago
      The most over-rated classic in history. Dangerous at speed, lousy heater and temperamental. No one north of the sun belt could possibly convince themselves it's more than a novelty for a dilettante. But I find I'm becoming less patient with cars I used to enjoy, so it's probably me. Never mind.
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Peterson
        Drive just about anything...scrub that, ANYTHING from the 50's and they'll all feel ancient and dangerous. For its time, the 356 was a little go-cart and heaps of fun. As for temperamental, they're pretty bullet proof if basically maintained.
        Carbon Fibre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Peterson
        Can't be more dangerous versus today's POS smart car, cooper or the Fiat 500.
      Anthracity
      • 2 Years Ago
      The scene at 01:00 was shaping up to be the perfect introductory scene for this beautiful car, which until then was only shown on old photos. I was getting ready to get goosebumps when suddenly that huge "Southern Revival" logo popped up, completely covering the approaching car. What a letdown. What an editing fail.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sitll prefer this one from DepthofSpeed also (Josh Clason) http://vimeo.com/42913762 a man and his Mercedes Gullwing he drives everytime, everywhere, no matter the weather. It's so beautiful
      Christopher Raymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      I enjoy seeing videos like this. Enjoy them for what they are and drive em.
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a freaking gorgeous car.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the 356 series. How I regret not buying an authentic Speedster back in the early 90s when the opportunity presented itself. Maybe it is just me, but I get far more satisfaction from driving old machinery, but they do present some challenges and require time and patience.
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