For the most part, Carl wanted his roadster to be as correct for the period as possible. We did, however, add three point seat belts and a third brake light. We retrofitted the tail lights to use CU LED. She also got new chrome wheels, a new aluminum oil cooler and an electric fuel pump.

1964 Porsche 356SB/1600 S-90 Roadster

Owner:  Carl Zapffe

Location:  Door County, Wisconsin

Layout:  rear engine, rear drive.

horsepower:  90 Hp

location of manufacture: Zuffenhausen, Germany

Serial Number: 87954

Engine number: 802147

Transmission number: 56847

“One 356 will always be enough for me if I am lucky enough to have the car that I love. And this happens to be the car that I love.”    -Carl Zapffe

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“Nothing like that splash of bright red behind every wheel!” -CZ

The aluminum steering column spacer, a piece used only on the roadster version of the 356, turned up missing. We borrowed one from Buster Venable and used it as a model to make replicas.

More discussion and photos on owner Carl Zapffe’s thread at

“. . . period correct Les Leston steering wheel . . . While it is not concours quality with its ding and a couple of scratches, I fell in love with that patina and especially the horn ring!” -CZ

“My Super 90 script for the rear sure looks sweet!” -CZ

Carl and Terry celebrate Ferry Porsche’s birthday with a chat about air cleaners. After the filter was back in place a few minutes later, Carl and his wife, Sandy, climbed into the roadster for a quick blast down the highway.

We installed this transaxle built by Vic Skirmants at 356 Enterprises.

The new wooden instrument cluster eyebrow came directly from Porsche in Germany.

The car came to us with an unusual mid-engine layout. (The power plant is sitting in the passenger compartment.)

We first tore everything off and repainted the body.

First day of driving after decades in garages.

“. . . always a difficult process to manipulate each piece of rubber so that it not only fits correctly into the window frame, but also set in place so that the window correctly fits into it.” -CZ

The 356 always resists a new windshield. This one relented after a bit of percussive persuasion.