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Meet the super-cute forgotten Porsche rival you’ve probably never heard of

Meet the super-cute forgotten Porsche rival you’ve probably never heard of

By Greg MacLeman of Classic & Sports Car | Slide 1 of 24: Few marques are so intimately tied with the history and image of Southern California as Porsche. Just the mention of the name conjures images of Aviator shades and cigarette packs tucked into T-shirt sleeves; a Kodachrome world of sun-drenched race tracks, James Dean and blue jeans.  But, while history remembers the Speedster as a cult icon, an exotic and overlooked Teutonic racer was giving the 356 a run for its money throughout the ’50s, from Santa Barbara and Pomona to the street circuits of Europe. This is the other Austrian that took the Volkswagen Beetle and used it to form a pretty little roadster: meet the Denzel. 

Overlooked for too long

Few marques are so intimately tied with the history and image of Southern California as Porsche.

Just the mention of the name conjures images of Aviator shades and cigarette packs tucked into T-shirt sleeves; a Kodachrome world of sun-drenched race tracks, James Dean and blue jeans. 

But, while history remembers the Speedster as a cult icon, an exotic and overlooked Teutonic racer was giving the 356 a run for its money throughout the ’50s, from Santa Barbara and Pomona to the street circuits of Europe.

This is the other Austrian that took the Volkswagen Beetle and used it to form a pretty little roadster: meet the Denzel.

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