1953 Porsche 356 Limousine for auction at RM Sotheby’s

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Porsche 356 Limousine front quarter Porsche 356 Limousine front quarter
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Porsche 356 Limousine engine Porsche 356 Limousine engine

Offered for No Reserve, the coachbuilt limo is on offer from the Taj Ma Garaj collection of the late John Dixon

The Taj Ma Garaj collection of the late John Dixon is one of the most unique Porsche collections in the world.

RM Sotheby’s is set to auction off the collection on behalf of John’s surviving family. The collection sees 30 rare vehicles as well as a staggering 350 lots of memorabilia, all cross the block for No Reserve, taking place in Ohio USA September 28.

A highlight of the auction is an odd one: a 1953 Porsche 356 Limousine.

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Now before you decry the butchering of a good 356, Silodrome reports that the car was built out of a "basket-case" Pre-A 356 with floors too far gone to save.

The car was built by Don Boeke at Egyptian Custom Body in Dayton, Ohio; with all cutting, extending and coachwork finishing done in-house, with the interior outsourced to specialists. The original 356 engine was replaced by a rebuilt Porsche 912 motor.

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Overall, the build looks to be extremely well done, with the 356’s curvaceous silhouette perhaps unexpectedly lending itself well to the stretched limo-look.

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The lengthened doors open up to a luxuriously appointed tan leather upholstery, complete with a vintage "car bar" system that pumps liquor stored in reservoirs to the rear passenger section.

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Is it bad that we kind of like it? It would certainly make for a unique rental/chauffeur/wedding car!

However, if that’s not quite your speed – there’s a number of other notable Porsches and Volkswagens on offer, including a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7, a 1988 Porsche 911 Turbo "Flat-nose" and a 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS Clubsport. You can view all available listings at RMSothebys.com

 

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