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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:09 pm    Post subject: Coach built at Pebbel Beach Reply with quote

Anyone know any history on this one?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I know it would look good on a trailer, being towed behind the "Chicken Shack", Geoff....

Sorry, don't know a thing about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, I knew you would chime in at some point Laughing

The Chicken Shack has moved on to new owners....thank God!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 10:29 pm    Post subject: Paxton Reply with quote

That is the "Paxton Porsche" designed for the US market by the folks than made Paxton superchargers. I thnk it dates back to the early 50's...pretty futuristic for it's day...I saw it years ago at a 356 meet at Burton Burton's estate in Malibu.

Crazy machine.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 3:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i didn't realize they had LSD in the early 50's
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:49 am    Post subject: Paxton Reply with quote

The Paxton was indeed built by the owner of Paxton Superchargers. It was originally supposed to be steam powered. The Porsche engine was a cost cutting measure. It was shown at the Porsche Parade at Hershey a few years ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is enough room for a second engine back there...............
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I talked with the owner during the show Sunday. The car lives in Ohio and he's had it for several years. It is 356 motor, drive train, brakes and electrics. It is completely fiberglass throughout the body, including bumpers which are chrome plated fiberglass. The top slides back and become the surface of the trunk. The car is unrestored, has 720 total miles on it ............50 of which were put on it during the drive around Carmel a few days before. Brook Stevens was a previous owner. The car weighs 200 lbs more that the standard 356. It was built in '51.

The car next to it is the #1 Porsche, which BTW had the wrong wipers (bases, arms and blades) wrong horn button, and wrong Philips screws on the mirror. Shocked You would think the Porsche factory would restore a car correctly...........especially the #1, when they were invited to bring it to Pebble Beach. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It has 750 miles on it but it has a later 356 motor?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It has 750 miles on it but it has a later 356 motor?


I don't know the reason or that part of the story Kevin, but it was in the Preservation class and everything......EVERYTHING.......is documented all the way back to build sheets.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The front end looks very Citroen-ish, and I don't mean that as a compliment.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I remember the car being finished in '57 or '58. The "early" 50's is way too early for the technology of chromeplating plastic and fiberglass. Fiberglass wasn't even really used much before mid 50's in civilian use.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DDub wrote:
I think I remember the car being finished in '57 or '58. The "early" 50's is way too early for the technology of chromeplating plastic and fiberglass. Fiberglass wasn't even really used much before mid 50's in civilian use.


You may be correct.............I'll see if I can bring up a copy of the Plakette..................I might have read the the 7 as a 1???? That would explain the later case. As far as the process of chrome over fiberglass: the designer of the car........invented that process, so it was much earlier than commercially available anyway, and '53 Corvettes were fiberglass as well. The plakette will improve my eyesight better than new glasses (and also my memory). Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what the plate said........

http://pictures.aol.com/ap/singleImage.do?pid=0ab09DNAu8oREoTQbpujnjILmS2UkyF6g8bv

Looking at my pictures:.............That's an early case Kevin. Wink http://pictures.aol.com/ap/singleImage.do?pid=0ab09DNAu8oREoTQbpujnjILmV9jR6JoN6fm
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

53 I believe Right, but its not a 51 engine.
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