The world of collector cars is fairly tight-knit when you get down to individual models. Need proof? Just take a look at this latest video from Jay Leno's Garage. The subject is a gorgeous 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2. Jay, being known as quite a collector, got a call from someone looking to sell. While doing his due diligence and looking for a 356 expert to go over the car with him, he came across John Willhoit.

Where the story gets weird is when Leno is asked the license plate number - it turns out that Willhoit, owner of Willhoit Restorations, had restored the exact same car more than 30 years prior. He then sold it to the same person that was looking to give it to Leno. What follows is a truly interesting video on the little quirks of the 356, along with Willhoit's personal history on a car he hadn't seen since 1976.

This is a bit more mechanically detailed than Leno's normal videos, but it's on a very interesting subject. Take a look below for the entire film.


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      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 1 Year Ago
      that was fantastic.
      johncmccullough
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I correct in assuming that is a 4 cylinder car?
        kawanut
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johncmccullough
        Yes... all 356's were 4 cylinder motors. The 911 brought 6 cylinders...
      Phil B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny how sedated Leno seems in this episode...he was definitely on some meds for that cold!
      jj360
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was up at the Rock Store and Jay Drove this in. It's a very special car.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice car. It's amazing how small these cars are, and yet they are comfortable to drive. The back seat is another story.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome. I've always wanted a 356.
      BrakeBrakes.com
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very informative and well done piece!
      ccweems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Things don't add up. Did you see he video? John Willhoit must be 5 or 6 inches taller than Leno. If Jay really is 5'11" (IMDB) then Willhoit must be 6'4". How does someone that tall get in a 356? Criss Angel trick? I dunno.
        Tom Winch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ccweems
        No way Leno is 5'11". I've met him and spoken to him face to face. I'm 5'9" and he was slightly shorter than me.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      one of my absolute dream cars. so simple and beautiful
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats a nice car sir.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear Jay, If you are ever looking to adopt: I am available. :)
      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      On Jalopnik there was an article today about someone's near-million mile Porsche 356 being stolen. http://jalopnik.com/some-awful-person-stole-the-million-mile-porsche-356-1167510705 Jay Leno getting a random call selling him a 356...Make sure you don't burn yourself Jay, that 356 might be hot!
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