The first Porsche to be sold in the United States, a Porsche 356 cabriolet. Image from

It is very rare that you will hear us rant and rave about a baby blue cabriolet with white interior.  It is even more rare that we would declare a car with the aforementioned description as the “belle of the ball” at the 2010 L.A. Auto Show.

Well, since we are describing the first Porsche to be sold in the United States, I guess it isn’t very surprising.

When we saw the car in such pristine condition, we couldn’t help but stop, stare and shed a little tear at its beauty.  I am such a sucker for the classics.

Here’s a little background about the car from

The historic 356 Cabriolet was imported to the U.S. in November of 1952 by Austrian businessman/ importer extraordinaire Max Hoffman. Although Hoffman brought his first Porsche stateside in 1950, he didn’t begin selling them to consumers until 1952. It’s unknown who the original buyer of this 356 was, but the car is now owned by Dr. Robert Wilson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Interestingly, prior to Dr. Wilson’s ownership, the 356 was actually destined to become a novelty salad bar at a themed restaurant in Oklahoma City. However, the 356 was in such disrepair, the restaurant passed on the car and sold it to a scrapyard. Thankfully, Wilson discovered the car in 1985 and bought it for a whopping $800. He began a full restoration in 1986, but wouldn’t complete the task for another 15 years.

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