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Draw an imaginary line across the center of California. Anchor one end off the Monterey Area/Santa Cruz mountains, on the Pacific coast. Run the line east over the Coast Range, through the Central Valley, and over the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tether the other end of the line at the Nevada border, on the fringe of the Great Basin Desert.

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TOURS are what they sound like - someone leads a bunch of Porschephiles hither-and-yon for the express purpose of having them follow onto great Porsche roads, go interesting places and generally have a wonderful time driving their cars.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Imagine cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway to your favorite tunes in a Porsche 356 Speedster - from San Diego to San Francisco

and you'll have the perfect tool for carving up the Pacific Coast Highway. ... enjoy the video!

 
1957 Porsche Speedster - 2004 Beck
(Photo by VintageExcellence.com) 

If you can hang around on the Pacific Coast Highway or Mullohand Drive and watch the traffic go by, you would see one of almost everything in a given hour's time, from Porsches, Lamborghini's, Cobras, Speedsters, '32 high-boy roadsters, to MGA's, TC's, E-Types, and Woodie wagons. Porsche 356 Speedster? They are everywhere! 

Vintage Porsche 356 and California Vintage Woodie
Photo taken between Pt. Mugu and the Malibu "Tourist" sign
 Brian O'Kelly, Paso Robles, California, USA 
(Photo: 356 Registry.com)

When was the last time you saw a Porsche 356 on the road?

There's no mistaking, vintage 356 Porsche cars are a special breed of automobiles that have played an important role of shaping automobile design. Car manufacturers of today are constantly struggling to create the same kind of excitement that car designers of the past were able to accomplish so naturally without the use of modern technologies. With each passing year, their history, design features, racing pedigree, and even their idiosyncrasies become increasingly appreciated.

The 911 was the outgrowth of the Porsche 356 Speedster cabriolet, particularly the 1963 SC version.  One of the purest and most basic and most beautiful of all auto designs, the Speedster was designed primarily as a California sports car to take advantage of the money of wealthy Hollywood stars and producers and the more convertible-friendly climate.

The 356 Speedster's famous race car sister, the 550 Spyder, was the Porsche in which James Dean was killed on September 30, 1955, forever immortalizing that particular model, too.

This appreciation is especially true for those who experience these cars . If you are a owner or know someone that is a 356 car hobby bug, these newly born enthusiasts begin buying books, magazines, regalia, cars and parts, and anything else they can get their hands on to fulfill their yearning for 356 Speedster car fun. If these cars are tucked away in a dark corner of a garage, this scenario would never happen.

So if you are a owner of a 356 Speedster, grab your gloves and goggles, it is time to have some fun! See you on the road.......Pacific Coast Highway 1!!

Pacific Coast Highway in a 356 Speedster - from San Diego to San Francisco

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