This Custom Air-Cooled Porsche Barn Find Spent 40 Years Sitting

And, after being discovered under a tarpaulin in Texas, it’s up for sale.

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The air-cooled Porsche and the barn find: Two flavors of automobile that tend to get under people’s skin. It’s easy to see why. The former recalls a great brand’s greatest virtues, equal parts simplicity and exceptionalism; the latter, a combination of buried treasure and well-worn authenticity. So this one from RM Sotheby’s is bound to get a rise of just about anybody.

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Yes, it’s a real-deal Porsche 356A Speedster, a 1956 model capped with the mega-rare factory hardtop. It’s got a four-speed manual and, of course, the venerated 1582cc air-cooled boxer engine, wearing twin Solex carbs and located in the wrong right place. Since this is a legit barn find, it’s got a story, too. 

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The car was discovered under a tarpaulin in Texas, where it’d been sitting for an incredible 40 years. Records show this Speedster had just two owners: The original importer, who kept it for just over a decade, and a couple who used it for road tripping into Mexico to visit family. They had the exterior painted custom orange (done up to match a ballpoint pen, because isn’t that the quaintest thing you’ve ever heard?) then parked it inside a Dallas-area garage sometime during the 1970s. The car was just recently discovered by automotive archeologist Tom Cotter.

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Considering the car’s age, and bathtub Porsches reputation for rotting, the rust here is pretty minimal. It’s also an early Reutter-badged 356, and one with a numbers-matching engine, so more than a few hungry restorer-collectors are no doubt waiting in the weeds. This Speedster could pull upwards of a quarter-million dollars when it crosses the block October 7th in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Check out more photos over at RM Sotheby's listing, here.