Last August, Porsche kicked off the “My Classic Porsche” search, in order to commemorate the marque’s sixtieth anniversary. Owners of early model cars were encouraged to submit their vehicles for consideration, so long as they could provide documentation on the cars history. Only cars originally sold in America were eligible, which eliminated the oldest car in country (a 1950 356 Cabriolet) from the competition.
When the dust settled, the winner was the Strawberry Red 356 Cabriolet of Dr. Robert Wilson. The car is a 1952 model, imported to the U.S. in November of 1952 and sold by Max Hoffman, one of Porsche’s first U.S. importers. Wilson actually found the car in a salvage yard, and spent years restoring it to the showroom condition it’s currently in.
Aside from bragging rights, cars recognized by Porsche as the oldest in their model range will receive a special Porsche heritage badge and will have their cars photographed for the “Sixty Years of Porsche” exhibit at the brand’s Stuttgart, Germany, museum. As the oldest car in the group, Wilson’s 356 Cabriolet will be exhibited in Porsche’s L.A. Auto show booth this November.