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My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« on: February 28, 2017, 11:14:16 PM »
Gang,

My brother recently sent me some old photo's that were in my mom's albums.  He sent me a pic of my first car taken the day I dragged it home.  I must have been 14 or 15 years old when this photo was taken.  Note the Sears coveralls I was sporting fishslap



This car turned out to be quite a project and was my only transportation for about 10 years.  I eventually parted with it for something a little more practical & utilitarian.

I'll try to add more photo's as I uncover them.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 04:01:58 AM »
look at that rambler lolx

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 07:40:39 AM »
Nice! Yes, more pics please.

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 08:10:56 AM »
Pretty fancy dresser you were lolx

I probably had a pack of Luck Strikes rolled in my T shirt sleeve...

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 08:29:32 AM »
That is cool and also explains your penchant for having tool kits in all your vehicles lolx
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 09:12:24 AM »
Cool pic  thumbsup2 You have the Rebel without a cause look. If you still had the original tool kit you could sell it and support your trips to the dirt market for quite some time.

Looking at the house across the street I can see where you got the idea to get into the lawn care, landscape business  :groaner:
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 09:46:02 AM »
wow! great photo. Don't you wish you had that car now?

I had a few that I sold later on in life and had I kept any one of them, my retirement funding would be very secure.

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 09:48:34 AM »
Yeah i`ll bet you wish you still had it ... James (Lauver) Dean.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 10:34:58 AM »
Very nice Gary, and I bet you wish you still had that, if for nothing else that could fund a nice retirement.

I was about the same age when I dragged home my first beater, a '68 Datsun Roadster. (My brother had a Land Cruiser, but also wanted a sports car, so he talked his kid brother into buying one.)
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 10:47:02 AM »
Gang,

Thanks for all the comments and questions.  Here's a bit of background for context:

The above picture was taken in 1964 or 1965; I didn't have a drivers license yet .

The speedster was a basket case. The motor was in pieces, dirty & greasy, and stored in 3 or 4 cardboard boxes. There was no factory tool kit, but there were a few factory wrenches.  The wiring was a disaster... loose wires hanging everywhere.  Upholstery was in shreds, soft top was missing but the frame was intact. The brakes were frozen up... I cut the rubber brake lines so I could tow it home.   

The guy I bought the car from had owned the car for several years but had never driven it.  He had grand plans of a restoration and attempted repairs but soon realized he was in way over his head.  He pretty much just took thing apart and then didn't know what to do next.  His wife wanted the car out of their garage.  I paid him $300 and made his wife's dream come true.   


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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2017, 10:53:24 AM »
Cool car Gary. Was that car a chick magnet in high school?

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2017, 12:31:24 PM »
DeadNutz,

Absolutely not.  Most kids referred to my car as "the bathtub" or simply "the tub".  My girlfriend was ok with my car as long as the top was up because she didn't want to mess up her hair.  She also complained that there was no radio or 8-track player.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2017, 03:31:47 PM »
Do you know where the car is now
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2017, 03:51:32 PM »
Jab,

No clue where it is.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 06:37:44 PM »
look at that rambler lolx

Really we'd rather not...  *grin*

DeadNutz,

Absolutely not.  Most kids referred to my car as "the bathtub" or simply "the tub".  My girlfriend was ok with my car as long as the top was up because she didn't want to mess up her hair.  She also complained that there was no radio or 8-track player.

It's funny what's popular at what point, and with whom.

Had Porsche really made a name for itself in the US at this point?  I'm thinking that it wasn't as revered a brand when you bought this as it now is.  I'm guessing that at the time to most of your peers it was just another old car.

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2017, 06:37:44 PM »