The owner of a Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet has earned the bragging rights for owning the oldest Porsche model sold in America. The discovery came about as part of the ‘My Porsche Classic’ Search, which was launched in August to celebrate the brand's 60th anniversary in America.
The Porsche Classic Search was conducted online with owners having to submit documentation that their Porsche was one of the earliest in its category to be retailed in the USA. The oldest documented sale was this rare 1952 356 Cabriolet owned by Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Okla. According to the company, Wilson's car was imported in November of 1952 by an Austrian businessman named Max Hoffman who resides in New York. The 356 Cabriolet, which is powered by a 60-horsepower 1.5 liter engine, was discovered in a salvage yard by Wilson many years after landing on this side of the Atlantic. Wilson bought the car and painstakingly restored it to its original condition.
Porsche said its search also yielded the discovery of an even rarer and older model, a blue 1950 356 Cabriolet owned by Richard Brumme of Annapolis. It was one of the very first series production 356s built in Stuttgart. However, this car was not retailed in America and hence the title went to Wilson's 356 instead.