Belongs to Carl M. Zapffe
This Drauz Roadster was owned for 32 years by one of the great couples in 356 history, Harvey and Linda Smith, who were famous in West Coast 356 circles as both were concours judges and contributing authors and editors for the Porsche magazines of the day including Excellence. Harvey also restored 356 bodies, and both were famous for bringing 356s in carts and boxes to a show and assembling them overnight, to the surprise and awe of many.
Harvey purchased this Roadster from a David R. Koehn in Milwaukee, who had offered it for sale in Panorama Magazine and sold for him by the Eskuche brothers of Ecurie Engineering in Mequon. Upon closing the deal, Harvey hopped in the car and drove it back to his home in Arizona the week before Thanksgiving, 1975. The S-90 engine blew up on the way back, and he still remembers limping all of the way home, freezing as he drove across the Rocky Mountains. He later obtained another later S-90 engine from Lukes and Shorman in trade for some body work on another 356.
Like many owners of multiple 356s, this car languished in the back of Harvey's garage with only minor pan work done in 1989 for the Excellence article. He never did get around to restoring the car, and he lost all interest in 356s after Linda died in 2005. Ibrahim Kuzu bought the car from him in 2007 and had Terry Worick of Absolute Body and Paint near Lincoln, Nebraska restore the car to its current showroom condition.
I purchased this gem in early in 2009 midway through the restoration process. The only thing I changed was switching out the formerly red interior for tan. The stories can all be found on the Registry website. The car is now happily back at home on Wisconsin after a 32 year odyssey around the country.