Back "in the day," General Motors, Ford and Chrysler cars all had
bumper guards (sometimes called "bumperets") which were vertical
appendages to the main horizontal bumper. Even so, as massive as
these were, these appendages (could) have additional appendages that
were called "accessories" available at extra cost.
When the tiny European sports cars arrived on the scene, their bumpers
& guards were not as sturdy and did not conform to the height of their
massive American counterparts. Therefore, after many insurance claims
from owners of the smaller sports cars the U.S. government and the
automobile insurance industry said to all small car manufacturers "
thou shalt raise the height of your defensive device at the front and
rear of your vehicles, or be forever banned from entering this Kingdom."
So, with infinite "European logic" rather than retool their car
bodies, most imports added the "Override bar."
Therefore with Porsche, they first came up with a "low" override bar,
then later the "high" override bar. Finally, in 1960 Porsche unveiled
the "B" model that came equipped with bumpers and bumper guards that
met U.S. regulations - end of story.
I just wonder how far this thread will take us and how anal can we get?
Tom Kayser #16013
`59 Cabriolet 151512
On Aug 12, 2009, at 12:27 PM, Barry Brisco wrote:
Matt, thank you for posting that information from the 1955 356
parts manual, which I do not own a copy of. Can those who own 356A
and 356B parts manuals check to see what term is used for the
upright bumper guards?
I was very careful in my post not to give the impression that 356
and VW fans are two completely different groups of people, nor do I
think that "people on this board have to make such a big
differential" between them. I wrote that they "are not 'separate'
entities, they overlap quite a bit".
And I had no intention of making this terminology question a "big
deal". But your analogy to two different ways to pronounce the word
"potato" is inaccurate. "Bumper guard" is not the same word as
"overrider", and they way those two words are used among 356
enthusiasts is quite different.
My only goal here is clear communication, not criticism. If someone
posts an ad saying they want to "trade my overriders for the correct
ones", 356ers reading that ad are very likely to think the part in
question is a bumper guard, not an overrider tube, even though
apparently that was not the intended meaning of the ad.
I find that Brett Johnson's book is a very good reference for
terminology that is in general use. I would not refer to it as
"gospel", since there are always other slang terms that are
Mark Odenwald wrote:
The 1955 356 parts manual clearly refers to the vertical upright
"bumper guards"(without tubes) as overiders. Page 251 Items 17 and
18 part numbers 644.505.031.00 and .032.00 respectivly for right
and left front or rear etc. Fit coupes from 52 030 and conv. 60
550 on. Thats Why I called them that in my classified add. And
yes towel bar is a slang term I use. Brett's book is an awesome
reference, but is not the gospel. I don't really see waht the big
deal is on this. It's kind like the "I say Potato you say pototo"
thing. Just a side note, I have owned many different models of
Porsches and VW's (and still do) for over 20 years and don't see
why people on this board have to make such a big differential the
Just my two pennies, (I gotta get off this computer and go work on
my car) LOL.
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