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Draplin Design Co., North America
November 30, 2010
The One That Got Away
Posted at 12:50 PM


MY DAD IS SHAKING HIS HEAD IN GENERAL DISGUST: So much for the interview. I had this nice interview with my dad all typed out on here. Went to save the thing and instead of hitting “Command-A” to grab it all, I hit “Command-Q” and quit out of the browser, losing all the words. Not cool.

So to make a long story short, here’s a condensed version of what we lost.

My dad bought a used Porsche in 1966. He was 25. He fixed the thing up. Drove it like the wild bachelor he was for a number of years. Then he got hitched. Had me. Had my sister. Had to sell the thing. This was 1976. Sold it for $12,000. To someone from Detroit. Bought the thing a decade earlier for $780 bucks, or something close to that. A good investment. Okay, so, I’ll spare you how us kids grow up, and the peaceful life we lived, opting to fast forward to a summer day in Petoskey, Mich., in like 1985. We were walking along and dad saw a Porsche Speedster. I remember him losing his shit, pacing around it, sweating, and finally kneeling down to look underneath a wheel well, and him announcing, “This is my Porsche.” Happenstance. Dad, so excited, and a little bummed he ever let the thing go.

Okay, fast forward again, this time, to, well, now. Dad is digging through his latest issue of Hemming’s, and comes across a little classified selling a Porsche Speedster. Oddly enough, the 40 or so words sounds pretty familiar. He has mom look up the link, and there it is, his old Porsche. At the asking price of $175,000. Uh, wow.

Dad knows his old serial number by heart. And there it was. Serial number 80693.

1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster, s/n 80693, Engine no. 41346, Speedster White (R603) with Red Interior.

Get a good look at that beauty before that link dies.

There Are 15 Comments

Damn, that’s a good lookin’ car. Looks like it came straight out of a Fellini film.

Posted by: Lester on 12/01/10 at 1:30 AM

Wow, Im not sure I could ever live down a hurt like that. Seeing you old car later in life with a nasty price tag like that… my condolences to your pops.

Posted by: Tron on 12/01/10 at 7:14 AM

goosebumps. 1955 porsche speedster; some things are just born perfect. and goddam your pops was a good caretaker for that gorgeous hunk of kraut-car. thanks draplin(s).

Posted by: geoffrey cecil on 12/01/10 at 9:32 AM

Ha! same thing happened to me yesterday with a document I was working on.
Bummer about the car, it’s such a beauty!

Posted by: Javier Garcia on 12/01/10 at 9:39 AM

My grandad tells a similar tale o’ woe. For all I know, he was the one that sold it to someone who sold it to your dad in 1966. He landed himself a pretty nice C-Level position in 1954 and treated himself to a brand new 356. Drove it for several short Chicago summers… In the mid 60s he was given an estimate for a new exhaust system that he felt would cost more than the car would be worth. Sold the SOB for $500 and felt like he was the one coming out ahead. I can’t even forward him that fantasyjunction link… It would break his old heart.

Posted by: Robert on 12/01/10 at 9:49 AM

While I’m certain this whole situation didn’t make your dad’s day, it definitely made mine. Beautiful automobile. Great story.

You see, back in the day when pops had me, he too had to sell of his beloved 1963 Corvette Stingray. Split Window. Black. Fucking cherry. He can empathize.

Maybe I’ll get him a subscription to Hemming’s for Christmas.

Posted by: kpr on 12/01/10 at 10:06 AM

OMFG! Talk about dream car. That is a piece of art, incredible story. I wish your dad still had that car or could buy it back to complete the circle.

Posted by: eric W on 12/01/10 at 12:13 PM

WOW! That car is beautiful. My heart goes out to your father for ever letting that thing go.

Posted by: Kyle Steed on 12/01/10 at 2:32 PM

Wow. That is a beautiful car and a fantastic story. The appreciation: $780 - $12,000 - $175,000; is almost as impressive as the story itself.

Posted by: Alan on 12/01/10 at 4:58 PM

that car is fucking awesome.

Posted by: vtlogcabin on 12/01/10 at 5:25 PM

Wow! That’s one sharp auto. Great story.

Posted by: Drew on 12/01/10 at 7:36 PM

Whoa. Damn. That is amazing. Story is pretty charming, reminds me of something out of Reader’s Digest. Poor Pops!

Posted by: Holly Theobald on 12/01/10 at 8:33 PM

Cool story, cool car! I love the picture of the pedals with the high beam switch on the floor. Nothing like the old school technology… Thanks for sharing

Posted by: Ian Geroux on 12/01/10 at 9:51 PM

Christmas is just around the corner, you should pick it up for him.

Posted by: Don Guss on 12/03/10 at 2:56 PM

Mr. Dean would have been proud…

Posted by: Ryan Jennings on 12/04/10 at 4:26 PM
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