2022 – “An American Roadster”
John Paterek, PCA’s Tech Committee expert for Body, Exterior/Interior, Paint and Upholstery, will present the fascinating story behind one of Porsche’s most coveted early cars, the 1952 America Roadster. Known internally as the Typ 540, Porsche contracted with Glaser Karosserie in Dresden to fashion these aluminum bodied Roadsters. Sixteen were built, and only 11 have survived- it is the Holy Grail for most Porsche collectors. John will describe the journey of his own America Roadster that was first told in the April 1981 edition of Porsche Panorama magazine It’s a quite a tale- you’ll learn about the car’s discovery, its detailed restoration, and subsequent sale to the Porsche Family. Without doubt, it’s one of the most entertaining PCA-Porsche AG car stories of all time. Don’t miss this one!
Paterek Brothers Incorporated began in 1977 as the combination of John and Ray Paterek. Their first car restored together was Rays 1933 Chevrolet Master Sedan back in 1969 which Rays still owns to this day. Before 1977 the brothers worked at Gasaway’s Auto Restoration where John was involved in paint and metal fabrication and Ray upholstery and assembly, here they restored Dussenburgs, Packards, and Auburns to 100 point concours level. The Porsche bug bite John in 1970 where he bought a 1966 Irish Green 912. John and Ray went on to restore the 912 to concours level showmanship. Over the past 40 years both Ray and John have owned many Porsches and other vintage sports cars. Some of their past Porsche’s are 1951 Maroon Pre-A Coupe, 1952 Stylish Grey America Roadster, 1955 Blue Continental coupe, 1962 White Cabriolet, 1970’s 914’s, 1980’s 944 and 924. The Shop has restored many cars that went on to win awards at Louis Vuitton, Greenwich Concours, Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, Radnor Hunt, Amelia Island, National, Zone, and Regional Parades, The 356 East Coast Holiday.
Andrew, John’s son started working part time in the mid 90’s, after finishing up college at School of Visual Arts in NYC he came on full time in 2007. The three of them encourage clients and friends to preserve original paint and interior as much as possible. The Bothers and son have between them over 120 years of on going experience and all welding/fabrication, painting, interior, and mechanical is done in house, along with working with clients one on one through a restoration project.