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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2017, 06:53:52 PM »
"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."

'64-5 was the height of the foreign sports car boom in the states, with MG, Triumph, Sunbeam, and Porsche reigning, at least here in CA.  Don't know about Texux.  My dad had a Sunbeam Alpine that was fondly remembered, cruising around Stockton.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2017, 07:28:16 PM »
Should I post my vintage mid 70's pic of me and my 912?

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2017, 10:25:46 PM »
Really cool looking car. Would be neat to have it now for sure!
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2017, 11:35:54 PM »
Pity you don`t have the vin you could look it up.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2017, 06:31:52 AM »
300 was a lot of money in 64 I was buying 60s and 70s cars in the late 70s early 80s for 3 to 5 hundred.  if I had 5 grand worth of those cars today and had kept them just the way they were I would be worth a small fortune today  smackmyself lolx lolx

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2017, 10:35:33 AM »
A Porsche for 300, geez, times change.   To impress the kids back then it took a Pontiac or Impala, maybe even a Galaxie 500XL.   If I had grabbed all the 40s 50s and 60s cars I was offered, the convertibles and borderline hardtops and stuck them away,  I could of retired wealthy years ago.  I did grab a few,   dozen,,,, but parents get cranky with all those cars covering up pasture space. 

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #21 on: March 02, 2017, 02:15:26 PM »
Cars (trucks/tractors/MC's) don't age well when you had them running at one time and let them sit.

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #22 on: March 02, 2017, 05:32:33 PM »

Cars (trucks/tractors/MC's) don't age well when you had them running at one time and let them sit.

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #23 on: March 02, 2017, 09:41:11 PM »
Cars (trucks/tractors/MC's) don't age well when you had them running at one time and let them sit.

Don't ask me how I know.  angryguyx

On PU trucks it is always rockers and cab corners that go unless it is an old Ford, then you can add front cab mounts to that list too!
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2017, 10:57:21 PM »
Gang,

Some back story:

1) The speedster and I were living in California where the photo was taken.  The guy I bought the speedster from was Air Force and a newspaper route customer of mine.   In the mid-sixties there were lot's of German and British cars on the road.  Also, the Japanese invasion was going strong... lot's of Honda, Toyota, and Datsun cars on the road.  And, VW's were all over the roads.

2) I lived near an Air Force base at this time.  The base was a MEGA-GENERATOR of inexpensive used vehicles from all over the world.  Hell, my dentist/neighbor drove an Auto Union (German) 2-stroke car; a brand I had never heard of and haven't seen since.  I think this oem/brand may have evolved into Audi which appeared in the USA some time around 1970.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #25 on: April 06, 2017, 10:15:49 AM »
When I went off to school here in Nebraska in 69,  in the lot there was one -1- VW beetle.  A teacher had a Datsun.  The other 300+ was 50s and 60s American iron, cars,  maybe 3 pickups.   When I went back to finish in 72, the Beetle count was over 30, and a few Datsuns and Toyotas.  One couldn't walk down a row without seeing a dozen muscle cars.  Bigblock Novas, Chevelles, and a very few Fairlanes.  Impalas probably outnumbered Camaros by a bunch, and almost all had custom wheels.  Audi, if I remember correctly stands for Auto-Union- Deutsch- Industries.   A combine mandated by Adolf Hitler to bring together several small German manufacturers, to build winning Gran Prix cars.  Look up their fantastic rear engine, aluminum racers of the 1930s, they were topping 210mph on wire wheels. 

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2017, 11:48:52 AM »
California, huh...

I assumed you were in TX for the photo, but now I know better. Vandenberg AFB? The rolling hills look like where I grew up in Califoria.
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2017, 07:05:13 PM »
Cool car Gary. Was that car a chick magnet in high school?

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2017, 09:11:07 PM »
Very cool!

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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2017, 01:08:09 PM »
California, huh...

I assumed you were in TX for the photo, but now I know better. Vandenberg AFB? The rolling hills look like where I grew up in California.

bmwrd0,

Yes, Vandenberg AFB, near the town of Lompoc. Did you live there or near there?
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Re: My 1st Car: 1954 Porsche Speedster
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