Mike Ruck

Tom is a rare find. He’s a craftsman in the old school way. He is patient, kind, a great listener and does superior work. There are several shops in Raleigh that I had visited and/or called to get some work done on my 1964 Imperial. One shop I stopped at had a sign discouraging walk ins. It stated that walk-ins are welcome as long as they bring a good bottle of whiskey or are wanting to clean the shops toilets. This was not someone I would ever consider doing business with ket alone touch my car. One of the other shops simply told me to check back in 18 months. Ugh. The Imperial has been in my family since 1965 and is a family treasure. I am some what mechanically inclined but there are certain jobs I want to be done by a professional. I heard about TJ through several friends who have classics and have worked with Tom at TJ. All three people had great things to report in their dealings with Tom. I stopped in unannounced during lunch. Tom greeted me and gave me thirty minutes of time about what I was looking for and my wishes for the car. He’s a great listener and my first impression was very positive. I made an appointment to bring the car by. He documented everything with photos and kept me in the loop as he got into the car and laid out options for repair based on what he found. Every car is different and once you open the can there is no telling what you will find in a 55 year old vehicle. Again, Tom gets it. He listens, lays out options then executes the work. As it should be. I now consider Tom a friend and can recommend you speak with him about your classic. His wife and business partner is as nice as Tom. Great people!

Comments related to a 1959 Porsche 356 that we recently restored and it was sold at BAT!!

Mar 13 at 3:03 PM


19,000+ views and 1,300+ watchers is a very strong showing. Well deserved by this 356A. We like these… only 600 serial numbers away from our old ’59!

Congrats to the buyer and seller. Thanks for listing this one here!


Mar 13 at 3:03 PM

Porsche356-911  10

Great buy!!


Mar 13 at 3:03 PM

BritshIron  752

Nicely done! Congrats to both sides!


Mar 13 at 3:03 PM

Allstar  66

Go Tom


Mar 13 at 3:02 PM

Sold on 3/13/19 for $118,000 to MAYBZ

Mar 13 at 3:00 PM

$118,000 bid placed by MAYBZ

Mar 13 at 3:00 PM

mef0629  425

And the car is ready to be enjoyed, unlike that last rust project!


Mar 13 at 3:00 PM

300F  2,545

Good move by seller letting bidders know reserve was met


Mar 13 at 3:00 PM

$117,000 bid placed by Ktrain

Mar 13 at 2:59 PM

$116,000 bid placed by MAYBZ

Mar 13 at 2:58 PM

$115,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:57 PM

Mar 13 at 2:57 PM

$113,000 bid placed by MAYBZ

Mar 13 at 2:57 PM

mef0629  425

Besides the winning bid, and a possibly dealer fee is there anything extra?

Mar 13 at 2:57 PM

philliprholmes  10

dayum! Maybe it’s going to 120. Great looking car.


Mar 13 at 2:56 PM

$112,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:56 PM

Han_Solo  292

Great seller. Thanks for letting us know.


Mar 13 at 2:56 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

high bidder will buy it!



Mar 13 at 2:56 PM

acoupe  114

get an A coupe while ya can!


Mar 13 at 2:55 PM

$110,000 bid placed by Ktrain

Mar 13 at 2:55 PM

$107,000 bid placed by FYLEGM

Mar 13 at 2:55 PM

Mar 13 at 2:55 PM

BritshIron  752

A prior winner will take this car today–prediction….

Mar 13 at 2:54 PM

$105,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:54 PM

jt1974  1,900

So If I’m reading this right, It’s not 120K but we’re not there…yet….

Mar 13 at 2:54 PM

Han_Solo  292

We will find out in a minute

Mar 13 at 2:53 PM

Vintageant  224

20% less?

Mar 13 at 2:53 PM

$103,000 bid placed by Ktrain

Mar 13 at 2:52 PM

Mar 13 at 2:52 PM

$100,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:52 PM

Mar 13 at 2:52 PM

Mar 13 at 2:51 PM

$98,000 bid placed by Ktrain

Mar 13 at 2:51 PM

rajudeshi  323

Can it break six figures? If so, then the 356 market is more in tact in Q1 2019 than the 930 market

Mar 13 at 2:51 PM

$95,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:50 PM

$93,000 bid placed by thebondo

Mar 13 at 2:49 PM

$92,000 bid placed by Winograd

Mar 13 at 2:49 PM

BritshIron  752

Real bidders are here.

Mar 13 at 2:49 PM

$91,000 bid placed by thebondo

Mar 13 at 2:49 PM

Kitcat7  306

Up, up, up.


Mar 13 at 2:48 PM

$90,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:48 PM

$87,000 bid placed by thebondo

Mar 13 at 2:47 PM

$86,000 bid placed by Miggy

Mar 13 at 2:47 PM

$85,500 bid placed by will_e_p

Mar 13 at 2:47 PM

Ovid.n.Flem  111

@Phieldbar talking with their wallet

Mar 13 at 2:46 PM

$85,000 bid placed by mangorace

Mar 13 at 2:45 PM

$84,000 bid placed by thebondo

Mar 13 at 2:42 PM

$82,000 bid placed by Ktrain

Mar 13 at 2:13 PM

$81,500 bid placed by will_e_p

Mar 13 at 2:01 PM

$78,500 bid placed by whartong

Mar 13 at 1:55 PM

$78,000 bid placed by JC.36-68

Mar 13 at 1:08 PM

Mar 13 at 12:20 PM

$71,000 bid placed by Miggy

Mar 13 at 11:04 AM

$70,500 bid placed by Lleming

Mar 13 at 10:56 AM

$69,900 bid placed by will_e_p

Mar 13 at 10:42 AM

mrjirey  835

Had a chance to buy a twin of this car back in Minnesota about 30 years ago. It was nowhere near as nice as this, but still should have done it since it was only $12,000.


Mar 13 at 10:40 AM

$65,000 bid placed by Lleming

Mar 13 at 10:26 AM

$63,000 bid placed by Fasteddiett

Mar 13 at 10:06 AM


Mar 13 at 9:06 AM

Mar 13 at 8:29 AM

$61,000 bid placed by mark_starr

Mar 13 at 3:03 AM

$60,500 bid placed by Porscheoutlawrs

Mar 13 at 12:09 AM

Bikehotrod  18

I visited TJ Autos and and checked out this 356 today. I can tell the BaT community that the car appears to be everything it is represented to be. I think Tom not only did a great job in this resto, but he is also deep into two other 59 coupes and a 58 cab, among several other interesting projects. His subject matter expertise was obvious. I felt compelled to share my overall very positive impression on the car and the builder with potential bidders.

 16 Flag as not constructive

Mar 12 at 6:59 PM


Dan  2,281

I’m surprised this isn’t significantly higher. Guess everyone is waiting until the last 10 minutes.

Mar 12 at 10:48 AM

$60,000 bid placed by Foustlease

Mar 11 at 4:26 PM

$56,000 bid placed by Lleming

Mar 11 at 3:51 PM


Mar 11 at 1:05 PM

Mar 11 at 8:04 AM

lestonian  3,079

TJ Auto is a well known restorer in our community and runs an excellent operation. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting it a few times, when visiting my friends next door. I saw this car in process and its such a neat car. Good luck with the auction

 1 Flag as not constructive

Mar 11 at 1:30 AM

brians356  1,781

Nice! My own ’59 Super Coupe’s VIN suggests it was built 91 units after this one. I’m on my third ’59 Coupe, so when one shows up here I’m very interested. I believe one of my previous cars fell about midway between my current car and this one in the VIN sequence.

 1 Flag as not constructive

Mar 10 at 11:06 PM

KMoriarty  8

It is an absolutely beautiful car. I recognize it’s worth is more than my bid amount thus far . I was in the market for a low mileage 2017/2018 C4S.. but something made me want this more..I won’t park a car, I will drive it..regardless of cost/worth..Love the background story and that 1972 Kennedy Half dollar means something..I was born in 72′. I was in the restaurant and sat in the same booth JFK Jr sat in on Cape Cod minutes after he went down in the plane crash. I was just out of the 101st Airborne on a 4 yr tour and perhaps TMI for BAT, but I feel that the more info shared is appreciated. Hopefully, I will bring this car to CT and zip around the Cape this summer. My very sweet and understanding wife will happily have our 5 kids in the SUV..The cool stories these old cars have makes me wish they could talk…

Mar 10 at 8:33 PM


Mar 10 at 7:28 PM

CarGuyCali  3

Good prep work, foundation is key to a good paint job !

 0 Flag as not constructive

Mar 10 at 2:40 PM

Mar 10 at 12:56 PM

Brians1113  12

To the winning bidder, I can provide a folder of documentation to support the history as stated in my post.

 0 Flag as not constructive

Mar 10 at 12:35 PM

Brians1113  12

I happen to be the owner of this beautiful 356. First off, let me start off by saying I appreciate everyone’s comments and opinions on the forum. I’ve never sold a car through BAT and I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m happy with the experience thus far.
Secondly, I’ve trusted Tom and his team to sell the car that they proudly brought back to life with the consignment. It’s been a tough decision to even sell and everytime I view the ad, I already experience sellers remorse.
I don’t want to be long winded but I just wanted to add a few back stories to the car that I’ve been able to research while having ownership of the 356. This is an original CA car. I tracked ownership back to about 1974. At that time it was owned by a husband and wife in Woodland Hills, CA. He was a guitar player in the band The Grass Roots and she was an actress. She purchased the car for him from an LA Still Photographer that she met on a movie set at the time. I’ve spoken to both of them recently and they cannot remember the name of the LA Photographer. The fact that there’s a 1972 Kennedy half dollar on the shift knob remains a mystery as well. It was on it when they bought it. The couple later divorced, he still owned when he moved to N Carolina. He sold it about 10-15 years ago when he was moving to Hawaii.
Ironically, the first show we did with the 356, my wife drove it and I had my 70 Boss. When we were setting everything up, the DJ was playing the Grass Roots song – Midnight Confession. I video taped it and sent to previous owner, he got a kick out of it. BTW my wife and the 356 got a better trophy than me and the Boss.
We absolutely love the car, we have about 12 cars in our collection and this is definitely our nicest. The 356’s love to be driven, they don’t like to sit. Living in NJ, she sits on occasions due to weather. I sent the car to Tom to get her tuned up, and being winter here in NJ, we decided to test the market. If she doesn’t sell this auction, it will tell us that we shouldn’t sell it and she’ll come back home and we’ll enjoy her some more. If she sells, we just hope that the new owner enjoys her as much as we have.
This is an expensive car. I’m not going to tell people what to do. If you’re comfortable buying a car without touching it, smelling it and driving it, well that’s a decision you’ll have to make. If you want to see it in person, Tom will surely help you out with that.
Again, thanks for your comments and good luck if you’re a potential bidder.

 12 Flag as not constructive

Mar 10 at 11:57 AM




Mar 9 at 11:07 PM

Frank_Barrett  7,865

I Love This Car!

Mar 9 at 9:47 PM

Lodgeskins  12

This car is so pretty. I was extremely close to purchasing a C about 12 years ago, bought an engagement ring with the money instead, and 356 prices rose so much that I haven’t been able to afford one since. …the one that got away…

Mar 9 at 8:54 PM

Lightfoot1  280

@tom_nelson (The Seller)
That’s an awesome account of the paint process. I’ve done some painting in the past, even worked with Imron while it was still available. That was really nasty stuff. Anyway you did an outstanding job on the prep and finish paintwork. I usually finish buffing with 3M Imperial microfinishing compound liquid. Great stuff and easy to work with. Anyway someone’s going to be really happy with your car. GLWTA.

 0 Flag as not constructive

Mar 9 at 4:00 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

Thank you for the question. After the car was taken down to the metal we went over the body with phosphoric acid to keep the metal from flash rusting due to humidity. During this time we performed the metal work while in bare metal. With metal work completed, we painted the car with a green etching primer. We used and stayed with Dupont products throughout. After body work was completed we used a Dupont yellow urethane primer and body and panels were extensively blocked and sanded. Each panel was placed on the body, checked for fitment and alignment and straightness/evenness of gaps and any imperfections. For painting, we removed all the panels and painted each individually simultaneously with the car. We acquired a paint chip of Aquamarine Blue from Willhoit Restorations and sent this to our paint supplier for match. Base coat was applied and body was very closely reviewed for any remaining imperfections. After clear coat was applied, the car sat for 2 weeks after which we commenced with wet sanding with 2000 grit, the 3000 grit, then 5000 grit and then polish with wool pad followed by polish and buff with the 3M system of successively finer compounds/polishes and foam pads. After the car came out of the booth, the whole finishing process took over 2 months. After we were satisfied with the finish polish of each panel, we commenced with assembly of the body–putting the doors, engine lid and front trunk hood on the body.


Mar 9 at 2:59 PM

MBM  54

Seller states bare metal removal at time of repaint. So was the repaint in acrylic urethane or b/c ? … Also what were the paint mfr(s) systems used for each of the primer coats and for the color coats ? – btw nice Job

Mar 9 at 11:19 AM

manpot  2,941

Love the gas off/on/ reserve tap in my A. I turn the gas off about 100 yards from my destination..best theft deterrent I know. What are the chances someone who might consider a “ride” in an old Porsche would know about the tap..and, if they did, figure to turn it on??. If anyone ever steals my car I expect to find it “stalled” half a mile down the road!

Mar 9 at 11:15 AM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

One of the charming (?) things of a 356 with the fuel valve in the cabin is that it is just a few feet away from the cigarette lighter. And if you had a leaky fuel valve, and you decided to “light up your cigarette” while inside your 356…well, hate to think of what could occur… that would certainly be enough of a smoking deterrent for me. Perhaps part of the reasoning to move the fuel valve to outside the cabin on the T6 cars.


Mar 9 at 10:22 AM

Lightfoot1  280

@dougdadmac Wow, what were those Germans thinking?? (I can say that being of German descent) 

 0 Flag as not constructive

Mar 9 at 10:11 AM

Mar 9 at 9:49 AM

Mar 8 at 8:51 PM

$55,000 bid placed by KMoriarty

Mar 8 at 6:01 PM

$52,000 bid placed by mhlcat

Mar 8 at 3:12 PM

Mar 8 at 2:56 PM

Randykyra  7

I can tell you that I’ve seen this car in person and have had some dealings with tom. First the car is gorgeous. But I’d be the first to admit that can be subjective. So, as Tom has said along with others, either go out and inspect the car or have a PPI completed. For Tom, I’ve meet him on a number of occasions at his shop over the last 10 years or so. Our interaction has been many conversation about my porsche 912 and Tom making several suggestions how to do things. I’ve found him to be a very likeable guy, that comes across as very knowledgeable and the most important thing to me, HONEST…. Just my 2cents from a guy in the area of Tom’s shop….

Mar 8 at 2:23 PM

Funny, if the 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet Project car that’s also selling on BAT is at $51K. This one will have to top $100K.

Mar 7 at 5:11 PM


TommyC  343

Simply stunning. The perfect color.


Mar 7 at 2:49 PM

$51,500 bid placed by billyfortunepartnerscom

Mar 7 at 12:42 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

I think 356x3dave put it best. I have often times recorded Porsche 356 engines with my cell phone or my inexpensive camera and the sound quality doesn’t resemble what the engine sounds like while standing right over it with the engine lid open in person. Over the past 10 years I have posted over 40 videos of Porsche 356 engines running on Youtube which you can see. I am always amazed when I listen to them that they don’t sound anything like what I hear when I am standing over a running Porsche 356 engine. Having said this, and as the old saying goes, “the proof is in the pudding”, and that is how the engine runs and sounds while being driven, or “under a load” as the term goes. We have also posted a video of the car being driven and accelerating through the gears and to me, the engine sounds absolutely fantastic. In fact, I don’t even want to listen to the radio, I just want to hear the engine run while I go through the gears.


Mar 7 at 12:19 PM

Mar 7 at 9:55 AM

Mar 7 at 9:15 AM

skidcar  462

Hi everyone, am I the only one here that noticed this engine needs a tuneup? The sound of the engine start up video…that doesn’t sound well to my ears…

Mar 6 at 11:03 PM

Mar 6 at 8:37 PM

PDXBryan  9,941

I like the drive video: Accelerating through the gears, the flat four roaring as the scenery flies by, it’s all speed racer ….until the Volt casually eases past.

Mar 6 at 8:23 PM

Dannyporsche  211

WOW this is one beautiful 356. This car in this color combo is on my must have list. GLWA! Whoever buys this may be hearing from me in a few years to try and buy it from you!

 2 Flag as not constructive

Mar 6 at 7:59 PM

$51,000 bid placed by Serendipity43

Mar 6 at 6:27 PM




Mar 6 at 5:11 PM

PDXBryan  9,941

Aquamarine Blue #707. Damn – another absolutely, incredibly gorgeous, mid-century, German blue.

Mar 6 at 4:51 PM

$50,000 bid placed by 4orsche

Mar 6 at 4:48 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

And if you would like to see a particular area photographed or discuss the car, please call or email.


Mar 6 at 4:39 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

In all effort to be transparent, If there are any questions or concerns that a potential buyer has, we encourage you before placing a bid to come and see and inspect the car.


Mar 6 at 4:33 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

Thank you for the comment. I appreciate the feedback. Absolutely, the car is available for inspection anytime. It is here in our showroom. The reason we posted over 200 photos and provided videos is to help show the potential buyer the quality of the restoration and the driveability of this car. Car is available for immediate inspection prior to auction end.


Mar 6 at 4:07 PM

skl48  65

Beautiful car- love A’s just wish it had beehives…
I need a 356 again!

Mar 6 at 3:31 PM

Porsche356-911  10

Seller – Tom Nelson is awesome! He is currently restoring 2 cars for me (59 Cab) and (70 911T). Very honest, knowledgeable and good guy to deal with on restoration. I have not seen this car in person but if it looks like my 59 cab does right now…It is likely to be amazing. GLWTA Tom! I love the color combo!

Mar 6 at 3:23 PM







Glowman  35

For anyone interested in this car I can assure you would be purchasing from a very knowledgeable and honest individual. I purchased my ‘61B from Tom and he has been great to work with both prior to and after the sale. You will be getting a quality car by an individual who is experienced in bringing these great cars back to life.

Mar 6 at 3:18 PM

Mar 6 at 2:46 PM

Mar 6 at 2:24 PM

mdvanderploeg  86

Ditto to the @cricketseed post. I’ve seen it in person & it’s even prettier than the pictures. I live in Raleigh, so if anyone needs something specific looked at, let me know. Just be aware that I’ll be at Amelia Island til Monday.

Mar 6 at 2:19 PM

cricketseed  928

I’ve seen this car in person a couple of times, and it’s a stunner. The seller is a stand-up guy, too.

Mar 6 at 2:12 PM

Jaeggernaut  92

so beautiful. if i were a little bit more foolish.. and had one more garage spot… GLWTA.

Mar 6 at 1:46 PM

mbaum  5,290

So lovely. The A shape is simply the best out of all the 356 iterations. And you can’t beat those super awesome colors.

From my perspective, I have to say that the 60hp Damen engine is completely sufficient (And super fun) for this car but of course, I take the extra power.

Good luck with the sale of this very good looking 356A!

 2 Flag as not constructive

Mar 6 at 1:40 PM

tom_nelson (The Seller)  84

Thank you for your comments. We will get the car on one of our lifts and reposition the axle boots and reverse the trans mount cups. We will do some searching around in regards to the coat hooks and interior lights to see if we can find some nice originals. As I recall when we disassembled the car, the coat hooks were “dry cracked” and didn’t present well. During the time of restoration we weren’t able to source any nice ones. The interior lights presented a similar story in that all of the original ones we could put our hands on were either cracked or the little knob was broken off and I was not happy with the quality of the reproduction ones. We used them once before and they just seemed to be of a lower quality than the originals.
Concerning the front overrider bar, since both styles were available and are correct for this year, we had to make a decision on what original parts we could source and this is what we had available to us.

Mar 6 at 12:47 PM

Mar 6 at 12:43 PM

High_Hope  1,685

The 1720cc kit adds a lot of power, relatively speaking. When your starting point is only 60bhp, even a 10 bhp increase in power is welcomed; who wouldn’t want a 16% increase?

This one is a beauty, and the colors are perfect.

Mar 6 at 12:41 PM

no.radar  8,729

I’m not a 356 guy, but they sure came in some beautiful colors!

Mar 6 at 12:40 PM

Mar 6 at 12:26 PM

flyfaster  1,316


Mar 6 at 12:24 PM

$31,313 bid placed by porscheolli

Mar 6 at 12:24 PM

porscheolli  2

Nice One  Best regards from Germany :-) !

Mar 6 at 12:21 PM

stylepergallon  2,762

Really hard to imagine a more beautiful color combo for a 356. Just gorgeous. A rolling work of art.

Mar 6 at 12:19 PM

$30,000 bid placed by rajudeshi

Mar 6 at 12:18 PM

rajudeshi  323

nice specimen here… top shelf and the photos and paperwork reflect it.


Mar 6 at 12:18 PM

$5,000 bid placed by MIESYS

Mar 6 at 12:11 PM

JasperJones  1

Great car!. What do you guys think this will go for? Any concerns?


Paul Hageman

I bought a 356 from Tom and Nancy and couldn't be happier with the car or the experience. They were honest, reasonable and easy to deal with throughout the process. Upstanding business that knows what they're doing.



Greg Lowman

May 30th, 2018

It was a true pleasure working with Tom and Nancy on the purchase of a 1961 356 coupe that they completely restored. They were extremely informative throughout the process answering any questions along the way and sharing many photos of the restoration process. Tom's focus on all the details of the restoration can be seen through the finished product and the car exceeded my expectations. They were and continue to be very quick to answer any questions and educate me on these great classic cars. If you are looking to work with honest people that have a passion for high quality restoration of vintage Porsche, I recommend working with them.


Review of 1959 Porsche 107429 by Hemmings Motor News, October 2017 issue:

"This Porsche 356A looked to be in spectacular shape. Indeed, the listing included details of the "nut-and-bolt, down-to-the-metal restoration on this Southern California car." The paint looked great as did the interior, though the latter showed limited signs of use. The brightwork all looked to have been expertly taken care of during the restoration, and we even saw details that are sometimes overlooked, such as new gaskets and rubber seals throughout. Even underneath looked new." Thank you, Hemmings Motor News!

5 Star Review of 1959 Porsche Super Coupe 105963 by John: 

I contacted Tom about two years ago to discuss the restoration of our 1959 Porsche 356A Super. After several discussions, my wife and I decided to have Tom pick up the car and transport it to his shop for an engine refresh. At that time we met Nancy, and from then forward we had a very favorable relationship with them both. We agreed at that time that Tom would undertake no new work without a thorough conversation with us. We also discussed that we were in no rush for work to be completed, since the car had been sitting for several years. After the engine refresh, we discussed replacing seals in the transaxle which had been leaking for years. After power washing the under carriage to prepare for the installation of the transaxle and engine, not surprising to me some "rot" was discovered in several areas. Tom discussed in detail the options, one of which was to do nothing but reinstall the transaxle and engine and drive off -- obviously not the best option for the long haul. We decided at that time, after discussions with several Porsche as well as financial advisors, to undertake a complete restoration. We put no time table on Tom, just the requirement that he keep us informed and not undertake any work before our approval. About two months ago, the car returned home completely restored, including the interior, and it is an eye opener to all who see it. We drive it every week, and we believe we got our (considerable) money's worth. Tom and Nancy were a pleasure to work with. I am convinced he knows his stuff. The only disagreement we had was he wanted to buy the car and we don't want to sell!

5 Star Review by Dustin:

I took my 67 Karmann Ghia in to repair a clutch cable tube that had broken free of its welds. Upon arriving at the shop, the owners greeted me and were very welcoming, and even gave me a tour of the shop and all the gorgeous 356's they were restoring. I'm a through and through air-cooled-aholic, so seeing those Porsches was very cool. As for my car, they had originally estimated several days for the repair. The next day to my surprise, I received a call that my car was ready to go. I think since I had mentioned in passing that it was my daily car, that they bumped it to the front of the line, which was incredibly considerate. The work was above and beyond what I was expecting, the cost for the work was very fair, and my car is running and driving great. I'll definitely be taking my car back in the future for metalwork and bodywork repairs.

5 Star Review by Jonathan:

Tom and Nancy are great people and do terrific work. If you are ever in his shop, ask him for a tour of what he is working on-he has an amazing talent and is very thorough. Even though Tom specializes in Porsches, he serviced my '72 Triumph Spitfire and did a great job in fixing up all the things that I could not. On occasion I would stop by to see Tom and he would give me guidance and advice on how to fix little things on the vehicle, at no charge, which was sincerely appreciated. When I can afford it, I will be buying on of his beautiful Porsches from him one day!

5 Star Review by Tony: 

Most detailed restorations I have ever seen. Period correct everything. Knows air cooled Porsches better than anyone.

5 Star Review by Truthful Transport: 

We have shipped many Porches for them and all of the customers rave about Tom's craftsmanship. He is truly talented at what he does.

5 Star Review by Jason: 

Tom did some metal repair work for me. He's honest, reliable, stays in touch over the course of the job, and the quality of the work is great.

5 Star Review by Aaron: 

Tom Nelson, the owner and proprietor provided great customer service and was very forthright with me about the vehicle I purchased from him. The vehicle at the time of test drive had a huge crack in the windshield and would not have passed inspection on my Military Post to receive approved DOD credential post entrance sticker... Tom had the windshield replaced. If you are straight with Tom he will work with you. This is well run small business of integrity. The car I purchased ran great, I received a detailed Car Fax, and knew of the maintenance required to keep it running which was expected and minimal for a high mileage car. This is the best used car lot in the Capital Boulevard area. I have nothing but love for Tom and TJ Auto.

5 Star Review by Past Customer: 

We recently purchased a 2004 Chevy Silverado from Tom. Not only was the truck in great condition, but the price and mileage were unbeatable. If we wanted a truck under 80,000 miles, we would have had to gone to another state!

Tom was very friendly, extremely personable and honest, and made us feel like we've been friends for years. He was up-front about everything, and was very flexible with our ever changing schedule. He guaranteed us, along with a warranty, if we needed any repairs done that he would personally see to it that he fixes them.

We will definitely continue support his company because he is not only concerned about his business thriving, but he truly pulls out all stops for his customers. You dont get a A+ from the BBB for nothing (yes, we researched thoroughly).

We are beyond pleased with our new truck, and are looking forward to purchasing another vehicle from him!



Item was as described and promptly shipped. Thanks!

piazzamgmt ( 1483

During past month PORSCHE 356 pedal assembly, nice. (#132080486523)

US $359.00

Best Offer Price was AcceptedView Itemthank you!

aqua331marine ( 249

During past month

 PORSCHE sew on patches PCA (#163259613411)US $22.95View Item


tn3779 ( 370

During past 6 months Porsche 356A original tool kit bag with some tools (#142939801561)

US $1,399.00

Best Offer Price was AcceptedView ItemPerfect ++++++++++

originalmb ( 580

During past 6 months PORSCHE 356 Pre A front pulley with nut-large diameter (#142916689982)

US $425.00

Best Offer Price was AcceptedView ItemEasy transaction, thanks.

customcampgear ( 344

During past 6 months PORSCHE 356 speedometer in kilometers, euro speedometer (#142256679854)

US $698.00

Best Offer Price was Accepted Fast service A++ excellent seller!!

mdiablo930 ( 503

 Tom is a great guy. Very knowledgable, honest. Loved working with him

Buyer: vasqular ( 18

 1 Porsche 911 T (#142708559555)

Always great service

Buyer: carreramotorsport ( 1416

 PORSCHE 356 steering box zf clamp holding bracket aluminum (#162348605376)

As described, Tom is easy to deal with------A+

Buyer: fathairydave ( 45

 1969 Buick Gran Sport 400 Convertible GS400 (#132453886117)


Buyer: bl2477 ( 537

 Porsche 356A and B gas cap (#132395587265)

Nice thanks

Buyer: goldhonda ( 269

 1974 HONDA XL 70 XL70 TRAIL 70 (#132395560037)


Gentle and helpful seller. A fun to deal with. Many thanks from Germany

ber-ger ( 404

 1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (#142438826211)


auction_thor ( 1429

 Cibie Fog light, 6 volt, 6 1/4 diameter (#142576403657) 

The Best


govols! ( 1759

During past 6 months

 Porsche 356A and Pre A door handle escutcheon, nice! (#162748907909)

Great Transaction, Many Thanks A+++


4mbstuff ( 2187

Porsche 356 original window door frame rain deflector. passenger side (#132125083610)

Best Offer Price was Accepted As described. Shipped same day!

billmichul ( 6 ) 

 1969 VW Karmann Ghia Coupe Owner's Manual with dealer and owner info (#132283303875)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Well described. Fast delivery


anspach356 ( 2055

Porsche 356A and Porsche 356 Pre A rear engine surround breast plate tin (#142465218281)

Best Offer Price was Accepted ExcellentServiceSuperFastDelivery.GoodCommunication,HighlyReccomendedSeller :-)

kooroush ( 905

PORSCHE 356A Mercedes 190SL turn signal bases SWF 12665 pair (#132322487068)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Item was just as described.


boxweed6r5c ( 1641

PORSCHE 356A Engine Third Piece P*70433* (#131743365871)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Easy Transaction! Parts as Described!!


twin_busch_lp ( 190

PORSCHE 356A and Pre A pair of intake manifolds for Solex 32 (#162251651416)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Great seller. Fast shipment. A+++

boulderkid ( 1441

During past 6 months PORSCHE 356 Generator brush dust cover (#132322494429

Best Offer Price was Accepted Top Ebayer!!

dwerkz ( 55

During past year PORSCHE 356 front hood lower latch (#142256687639)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Top Ebayer!!

dwerkz ( 55

Porsche 356 glove box (#142348960991)

Best Offer Price was Accepted great ebayer

fond_es ( 220

PORSCHE 356 pre a and 356A window regulator and riser driver door (#131648667269)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Nice part. Super fast shipping. Great eBay seller. Thanks.

aj-the-dj ( 357

During past year

356 washer bag lid (#132074661970)

A+ seller! Item as described. Fast shipping!

gabete1 ( 190

PORSCHE 356A headliner support rods wires bows. (#142360661237)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Gentle and helpful seller. A fun to deal with. Many thanks from Germany

ber-ger ( 404

1971 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (#142438826211)

Best Offer Price was Accepted excellent seller thank you

electricitysurfer ( 357

PORSCHE 356A hubcap, baby moon, dated 1/58 (#162369990325)

Best Offer Price was Accepted Спасибо за оперативность и как всегда - отличный продукт.

2014rualmae ( 126

 Mercedes Benz w113 relay 0005426119 230sl, 250sl, 280sl (#131743307909)



huesamenta1 ( 723

PORSCHE 356, 356A, 356 Pre A transmission tunnel linkage access cover (#142233086846)

Best Offer Price was Accepted

Cool stuff, good seller!

mr.ogpaint ( 231

PORSCHE 356 519 transmission front nose with hockey stick and gear (#162370030562)

Best Offer Price was AcceptedView ItemArrived in very good condition. As described.

rjrpcola ( 11

 PORSCHE 356 coupe rear interior garnish mouldings (#132129167455)

FAST FAST shipment!


bookend22 ( 934

PORSCHE 356A 1959 pair of front turn signal wedge lights K12627 (#142359816019)

Best Offer Price was AcceptedView ItemGerardo, William buy again!

charlychacharas ( 470

PORSCHE 356 Cabriolet vent window frame and glass Passenger side (#142501195899)

Best Offer Price was Accepted View Item Good item, fast shipping

caliche2007 ( 93

PORSCHE 356 cabriolet, speedster, roadster front pull hood trunk lock re-chromed (#142262537873)

Best Offer Price was Accepted View ItemQuick shipping. As described.

brady24 ( 231

PORSCHE 356A passenger side door top chrome trim molding (#142360672334)