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The World’s Largest Porsche 356 Concours

Porsches at 356 Concours
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the 356 Club’s annual Concours d’Elegance in Dana Point, CA, became an institution for Porsche enthusiasts. © Rex McAfee

Germany? Austria? Japan? To understand where ground zero is for the world’s largest 356-only Concours, let’s first go back to the 1960s and 1970s before Porsche had developed their markets in Asia and the Middle East. At one point, approximately 50% of all production was sold to the United States.

Of that allotment, sunny California, with its extensive dealer network, grabbed roughly half, resulting in a large population of Porsches buzzing around the “left coast.” Actors like Steve McQueen cruising Mulholland Drive in his black 356 Speedster only fueled the air-cooled “foreign car” phenomenon.

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