Hey!! I finally finished another custom! Thanks to some good weather I was able to get a couple cars through all their stages, then photographed. Here is my take on a 356 Coupé. It’s a little different from my usual super/hyper cars. :-)
It’s inspired by many of the 356’s I’ve seen in my research, but the final product is my own. Some of these ideas have been floating around in my head for a while for other vehicles, but they coalesced here for the first time.
• stripped body
• axles and wheels removed
• new wheels and tires sourced from a Johnny Lighting ‘garage’ style set
• new axles cut from a paperclip
• chrome wheels painted flat gray
• body primed and sprayed
• hand-painted details all over the exterior
• Mobil Pegasus hand-painted, x 2!!!
• interior painted tan leather with detailed dash
• front seats received a custom tartan pattern
• black-tipped exhaust
• dashboard dials actually have markers, needles, and a redline! (if that’s not where the tachometer belongs, well, then I’ve moved it on mine. So there! Once I get painting, I don’t always stop to fact-check. I just go with it.)
The black Outlaw was simply detailed.
Dashboard details. There is actually a needle on the center dial.
Tiny offset segments of paperclip acting as new axles. They fit too-tightly for this to be a roller, which is fine by me.
Chrome-surround headlights, brown leather hood latches with silver fixtures, and oh, a Pegasus.
Chromed and shaded rear deck, including those louvres.
You can just get a glimpse of the interior details through the open side windows. I felt like a red-based tartan would be good for brightness, and to tie-in with the Mobil Pegasus on the sides. (should that be Pegasi?)
As you can see, the leather straps and buckles on my new 356 are from a much better manufacturer than the last one I used.
I tried to find some cars in my collection from a similar timeframe, though I was pretty loose with the actual production years. (i.e. I just grabbed some of the few cars I have that aren’t modern . . .)
Look! It’s a vintage race weekend!
I know the original Mini is tiny, but so are the 356’s I’ve seen. This may be a fairly accurate size representation.
Hmm . . . rally 356?
It’s an intriguing possibility, though I probably won’t pursue it.
I really, really like this shot.
Here she is with my Custom 934 Turbo RSR in my special shade of brown.
Vintage racing weekends are inherently dangerous. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. I just had this thing painted!
Thanks for looking, commenting, and hopefully reading! I hope you like it.