This remarkable 356 can be described as some kind of a barn find as it was kept tucked away in a garage under a blanket since 2016!
The car was sold new in Belgium via D’Ieteren to the first owner, a certain mr Forquet from Namur in the south of Belgium. In 1991 it was acquired by the next owner who sold it to the last owner in 2000. This owner used it till 2016. Today, he decided to sell the car.
We can spot several lovely rally inspired options and the rare factory wind deflectors. The striping, the Cibie spotlights and the removal of the bumpers give this car a look equally at home on hill climb or a classic rally. The car was last used as such and participated in multiple rally’s around the world, including Liege-Rome-Liege in ’91 & ’92; the ‚Tour de Espana‘ in 1999, the Rally Des Iles – Corsica in 2001 and the Destination Malaysia in 2015.
To maximize safety and usability during these rally’s multiple modifications where performed. Bucket-type sports seats were added, together with 4-point Safety Devices harnesses, and additional instruments (including a Tripmaster and a classic Haldex Speedpilot ) added to the dashboard. There’s a roll cage as well – in case of emergencies – but all original glass proofs this was never really needed!
In the front we find a factory 100l fuel tank and a battery switch. Power comes from an original 1965 912 engine offering 90hp; transferred to the wheels through a 356 B gearbox.
The car left the factory wearing Silver Metallic paint over a wine red Leatherette interior but sometime during its life this was changed. The hood handle and rear lights are from a later model; an upgraded performed back in the day to give the car a more modern look. The car is generally very clean but the red paint has some battle scars and the body shows some rust on the lower door skin and front lid.
The key factor with this Porsche is that it has been prepared for driving and still does incredibly well today.. It’s well proven on the road regularity front and offers an intriguing track, hill climb or road toy. It can be used as is or can be restored to a beautiful 356 A T1. The car passed Belgian technical inspection just recently.
The car comes with its Kardex & the Reutter birth certificate to proof its origin. There are old registration papers, some pictures and rally plates as well.