Films: 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super: Meissen Blue, Not Messed With

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super: Meissen Blue, Not Messed With

July 3, 2018
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Juergan Amermueller
Juergan Amermueller

This car is, without a doubt, Aquamarine blue (non-metallic) and NOT Meissen blue. I’ve owned 356’s in both these colors. Trust me, I know the difference. It is pathetic that the owner and/or publisher of this cutsie little video can’t get their facts straight. Seriously, the guy doesn’t even know what color his car is.

Thomas maine
Thomas maine

Wonderful video , cool Porsche Trecker, beautiful 356 (no matter what the color is called), and nice landscape. Is that the Schlei region, where the movie was shot? By the way, Mr. Wolff has a very sympathetic voice and I can imagine him doing audio books.

wing nut
wing nut

I particularly enjoyed the part of the film where the owner speaks to the lack of any non-essential items that so many modern day cars have that are supposed to enhance your drive. This car demonstrates to me why everyone should own (or at least experience driving) both a classic (read: basic car with no frills) and a modern day “future” classic . As sure as “primitive” camping will enhance and bring into focus all the luxury our homes have in comparison driving a classic like this beauty will only prove to enhance our enjoyment of modern day machinery. After… Read more »

Convertible D Guy
Convertible D Guy

Wonderful car and wonderful video. Just a small point, but the tach, red zoned between 4500 and 5000 is from a Porsche Normal, not a Super. I wasn’t able to see the carbs, so I can’t tell if the engine is a Super or a Normal. Not a big deal, but in the interests of …..

Fabien Becasse
Fabien Becasse

Beautiful video of a beautiful car. The only thing to say, the 356 is Aquamarine non metallic and not Meissen Blue.

ruplaw
ruplaw

As for the originality of the colour, I can’t comment, but as a matter of interest in the film work do you colour grade during editing? If so, might this affect the hue as seen on the screen?

eksnva
eksnva

Very nice movie, enthousiastic owner and beautiful car. However, this is not Meissen Blue. I have a meissen blue 356A and I know that there are small differences between several meissen blue cars as Porsche/Reutter used more than one paint supplier (Glasurit, Lesonal to name a few). I’m 99% sure that this is aquamarin blue. There should be a paint tag on the A-post hinge cover (see picture). It should be stamped with 703 or 5703. Or you can ask for the Kardex of the car.
But anyway, beautiful car! Congratulations!

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Dennis White
Dennis White

Love the Clark/Superman phone booth transformation from tractor to sports car!

Wayne Mattson
Wayne Mattson

What a great video!
1. Love the car!
2. The cinematography was excellent.
3. Editing was first rate
4. Music accompaniment was very good.
The only negative…..too short.

Bill Meyer
Bill Meyer

A lovely car indeed. I grew up in Los Angeles and in the 60’s the 356 series were almost common. i wonder if this blue car was one of the ones I drooled over as a 17 year old? Great video.

William Weston
William Weston

Looks more like Aqua Blue than Meissen Blue…

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Apparently the car has never had a complete repaint. This is implied at 2:42 when we are told that the car has never had a ‘complete restoration’ and again in the title. This 356 was once a California car so the paint, if original, is probably faded a little. A ‘true’ Meissen blue as you would find on porcelain uses pigment from cobalt oxides mined just north of Bavaria, and is darker. The association with the Meissen kiln may be apocryphal. I am inclined to think that this was the color of true factory paint or very close to it.

William Weston
William Weston

Hard to see how this could oxide into a darker shade of blue, every picture I’ve ever seen of Meissen Blue and in person shows a much lighter blue. Not saying that this could still technically be Meissen Blue from the factory since the consistency of pigments weren’t as accurate as today’s car paint. However I’m still convinced it’s Aqua Blue looking at every shot from the video.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

William, was Porsche stamping paint codes on the chassis identification plate at these early phases of production? Serious Porsche guys tend to know these things, and I am not one. I am interested in the marque, and have worked on a few, but nothing more than that . . . The condition of the paint, if original, is nothing short of astonishing. BTW, when you Google “Meissen Blue Porsche” the colors you see are all over the map. Sky blues. Robin’s egg blue. Many hues. Regarding oxidation: what I meant to say is the Meissen blue known to ceramics dealers… Read more »

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Interesting . When you Google the key words: 356 Porsche “Aqua Marine Blue”, you do find cars in this color. So there seems to be a spectrum of opinion among serious collectors and higher-end brokers of these cars as what paint color goes with which paint name. This may be a matter of different labeling of the same paint color for different markets. Few US customers would have known or cared about porcelain from the Meissen kiln, yet for Germans this was and is a significant cultural reference.

Here is an example: http://www.renescollectables.com/356/details/23/porsche-356-a

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

Here are the US Paint descriptions from Hoffman for 1958. There are two sources, and they differ. Both are from Hoffman. On one options list the paint is called Aqua Marine Blue. This one is printed. The other options list calls the blue available that year Meissen Blue. This one is type written. So labeling of that paint code among North American distributors, in 1958, encompassed both names.

Images are here: http://derwhites356literature.com/Porsche356Colors.html

Larry Kirkpatrick
Larry Kirkpatrick

One of my favorites, a blue 356. The red interior is just icing on the cake. Thanks so much for sharing your car with us and congratulations on rescuing it from sunny California! It’s right where it belongs and riding on roads it was designed for. I hope someday to pilot one down a country road just like that.

CarlB
CarlB

Very nice video…beautiful original 356A Coupe complete with overrider bars…front and rear…thanks for posting.

Mickey Donofrio

Beautiful car and those wonderful German roads on which to enjoy it.

shadowdogcole
shadowdogcole

Very nice car – excuse my ignorance, but the effectiveness of the video is limited since I don’t understand German.

Mickey Donofrio

The CC [closed caption] translation works well.