On September 26, 1965 John Engels made the eight mile drive to his
local Porsche dealership to pick-up his new 356 C Cabriolet. He
special-ordered the car in Dolphin Grey, adding chrome wheels and
seat belts. He took the car home and there it remained for the next
50+ years! At first only John drove the car; decades later his son
got his chance. The dry southern California climate has preserved
this car like none we have ever seen.
Documentation on this car is very cool. John showed the 356 Cabriolet in a concours d'elegance once in August 1971, at the Hollywood Bowl! A local pipe shop used it in their advertisements (and we have one of these ads in the paperwork.) The Shaler company (think Lucas-type oils) wrote him a note suggesting what oil would work best in his Cabriolet. The original window sticker, service book, and original tool kit are all included (though a few tools are missing) and all these items back up the story on this car.
The car is untouched and has never even been concours detailed so it remains incredibly original. The original paint is spectacular and it has had only one small spot touched up many moons ago. None of the trim has ever been removed, and the finish on those parts is exemplary! In all these years of buying, selling, and restoring the best makes the condition of this car even more remarkable. Wow! The only place this could have survived was in John's garage.