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This August, as part of the celebration of the company’s 60 years in America, Porsche launched a search for the oldest Porsche sold new in the U.S. Feast your eyes on the winner of that crown: a stunning Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet from 1952 rescued from a salvage yard by its current owner, Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“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,” a release from Porsche Cars North America reads. “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.”
Also recognized was an incredibly rare 1950 356 Cabriolet owned by Richard Brumme of Annapolis, Maryland. One of the first series production 356s built in Stuttgart after the company’s relocation from Gmund, Austria, Brumme’s beautifully restored car won the Best in Show award at the 356 Registry’s annual meet in Cleveland, Ohio. Though “unique and special,” Porsche said, Brumme’s car is not the oldest Porsche retailed in the United States.
The My Porsche Classic Search awarded its “oldest U.S.-retailed car” designation to cars in 12 model ranges. Among them was a car that will be familiar to readers of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car: a mint green 1992 968 Cabriolet owned by Jeffrey Coe of Trumball, Connecticut. Way to go, Jeff! Here are the rest of the results:
- 1965 911: Barry August of Clarksville, Maryland
- 1965 912: Steve Torkelsen of Wilton, Connecticut
- 1970 914: Ralph Stoesser of Marco Island, Florida
- 1977 924: Jay Hoover of New Haven, Indiana
- 1977 928: Jim Doerr of Richmond, Virginia
- 1983 944: John Denning of Covington, Washington
- 1997 Boxster: David Adrian of Worcester, Massachusetts
- 2004 Cayenne: Adam Reichard of Magnolia, Texas
- 2005 Carrera GT: Robert Ingram of Durham, North Carolina
- 2006 Cayman: Eugenie Thomas of Martinez, California
Each owner will receive an exclusive badge issued by the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. Porsche will also honor the winners by featuring images of the cars at its “Sixty Years of Porsche in America” exhibit, which opened at the museum on October 12. Dr. Wilson’s car will be given a place of honor among the new Porsches at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.
The My Porsche Passion contest, which we’ve previously mentioned, is still open. So even if your Porsche isn’t the oldest of its kind – heck, even if you don’t own a Porsche – you still have a shot at winning an all expenses paid trip to the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama. Hurry, though – the deadline for submissions is November 1.