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Porsche 356: Buying guide and review (1950-1964)

Porsche 356: Buying guide and review (1950-1964) Classic and Performance Car
You may not realise it, but you want a 356 – you really do. Get behind the wheel of a decent example and you’ll want one so bad that it’ll hurt; buy a bad ’un and it’ll be an even more painful experience. 
 
The Porsche 356 is a true icon, because it’s as much a pop culture reference point and style idol as a means of transportation. For all the brickbats that have been levelled at it over the years, largely out of ignorance or prejudice, it’s more than just a VW Beetle in lingerie. Much, much more. But while today the 356 represents the height of boulevard chic, as with most legends its first steps towards greatness were inauspicious. 
 
In the late ’40s all the signs of promise were there – all-round independent suspension, streamlined body and so on – but in most other areas it was unremarkable. And while the car’s ‘bathtub’ styling would in time be deified, 60-plus years ago it was widely considered clumsy; gawky, even. But Ferry Porsche’s deeply rooted philosophy that his cars should be both businesslike and durable, with the ability to cope with all roads in all weathers, hit the right note.
 
On 8 June 1948 the first Gmünd Porsche 356 was registered in Austria by Ferdinand ‘Ferry’ Porsche, son of Volkswagen Beetle creator Dr Ferdinand Porsche. The car’s smooth and clean aluminium bodywork was designed by Erwin Komenda and the mechanicals were largely Volkswagen-based. 
 
In 1951, when it appeared that these lean sports cars were going to be successful, Porsche moved its manufacturing operation to Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen and the cars were subsequently bodied in steel. They continued to develop and, in September 1955, Porsche revealed its 1582cc 356A at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
 
Yet while early 356s featured some Beetle parts and the same basic layout, the Porsche was an all-new model with a significantly different construction – plus superior aerodynamics and a far better power-to-weight ratio. 
 
In many ways the 356 set the template for what we would come to expect from Porsche, the piddly 40bhp 1086cc unit of the first proper production version back in 1948 having been relocated from the middle of the car to the tail. And there it would remain to taunt the doubters; how could a true sports car have its engine behind the rear axle line? But it worked, and displacement grew from 1286 to 1488cc and again to 1582cc by the time the 356A was unveiled at the ’55 Frankfurt Motor Show. By now the much-derided air-cooled motor had been much- developed, shaking off its shared ancestry with the People’s Car.
 

Which Porsche 356 to buy? 

 
If you’re tempted to take the plunge, there are plenty of pitfalls. Beware of cheap cars; they’re invariably heartbreakers rather than bargains. The 356 is also extremely costly to restore properly and there are few genuine 356 experts – and these machines demand expert restoration. 
 
However, with values having almost doubled in recent years, many people are now giving their 356s the attention they deserve. Bargains are rare, but any decently priced right-hand-drive car is likely to increase in value as there are probably fewer than 200 genuine UK examples left.
 
Any 356 with the steering wheel on the right is very rare, so in the long term you’re unlikely to lose out financially – but you’re going to have to look hard to find a good one. However, mint left-hand-drivers in the US are much easier to track down. 
 

Performance and specs

 
Porsche 356A Carrera 1600GS
Engine 1587cc, air-cooled flat-four
Power 105bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 89lb ft @ 5000rpm
Top speed 101mph
0-60mph 11.5secs
Fuel consumption N/A mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 2100mm
Length 3850mm
Width 1661mm
Height 1302mm
Kerb weight 765kg
 

Common problems 

 
• All 356s feature a relatively straight-forward flat-four – aside from the hyper-rare quad-cam Carrera models. None of these engines are quiet, but they should idle smoothly and rev cleanly with no misfiring or spluttering. 
 
• There shouldn’t be any oil leaks evident, although the clip-on valve covers sometimes weep slightly, so interiors usually smell of oil; major puddles under the car means an expensive rebuild is imminent. 
 
• If any major work is needed, you can get any parts you need to give the engine a complete overhaul; although a total rebuild including ancillaries costs any-where between £5000 and £8500. With genuine parts prices being very high, some pattern spares are now being used; they’re not necessarily inferior either, just more affordable.
 
• The first sign of engine work being needed is blue smoke from the exhaust, which reveals that oil is being burned through worn valve guides. Fumes leaking into the cabin is an indication of the exhaust leaking, the best solution being a new factory system for around £650. 
 
• A four-speed gearbox was fitted to every 356, with synchromesh on all ratios from 1952. Until this point none of the gears featured synchromesh, but whichever unit is fitted it should soldier on for huge mileages. 
 
• The first thing to go is normally the bearings, which will start rumbling while the car is cruising; the next stage in the box’s destruction will be first and second-ratio synchromesh giving up; you’ll pay £750 to fix this, while having a rebuilt gearbox fitted costs £3500. If you’re struggling to get the gears it’s merely because the linkages need fresh bushes; an easy and cheap fix at £75. 
 
• The torsion bar suspension used at each end of the 356 is simple and reliable, although at the front you need to make sure there’s no play in the bushes that support the four arms. There’s a pair on each side and they link the arms to each kingpin and stub axle assembly; a bit of play is inevitable but it’s easy to fix. 
 
• To test the front suspension properly you’ll need to put the car on axle stands. Grab the top and bottom of each wheel and try rocking them; if you can feel or hear any movement the king pins need replacing; doing the whole job can easily cost the thick end of £1000. 
 
• Until 1957 there was worm-and-peg steering; after this it was a worm-and-gear system. Whichever set-up is fitted, the steering should be light and direct with no tight spots. As long as the box is kept lubricated it’ll keep going with no problems. However, if it runs low on oil and starts to wear, some owners then tighten things up – and that’s a recipe for disaster because the whole system will quickly deteriorate. 
 
• Drum brakes were standard fare until the all-disc 356C of 1963. However, these weren’t the usual cast-iron drums seen elsewhere; they were huge, finned, aluminium-alloy castings with a steel liner. In good condition they work well because the 356 is so light, but any car left standing for ages will have suffered from electrolytic corrosion. The game will be given away by violent pedal judder under braking, due to the liners being pushed out of shape; new drums cost £730 each, although 356A items aren’t available. 
 
• They all look much the same, but there were masses of panel changes throughout the 356’s 15-year life. Crucially, there are two key factors you shouldn’t under-estimate; the complexity of the bodyshell and its tendency to rot. 
 
• Major corrosion needs expert attention, and many examples have been crashed at some point so bodyshells can be twisted. That’s why you must ensure the car sits square on the road, the panel gaps are tight and even and none of the metal is rippled. While fixing the mechanicals can be costly, the value of any 356 is in its bodyshell – and rebuilding one costs anywhere between £18,000 and £30,000, which is why annual body inspections are essential. Cheap restos invariably entail the car losing its contours, which is why recognised specialists have to be used. 
 
• If you’re happy that the body is straight, you need to ensure it’s not riddled with rot. Although the 356 can corrode any-where, it’s the front wings, wheelarch lips and headlamp bowls that are usually the first to go. These are usually quickly followed by the nose panel, leading edges of the rear wings, the door bottoms and the upper rear corners of the front wings where they meet the scuttle. These latter areas are a particular pain to fix, and accordingly are one of the most common bodge areas. 
 
• You need to check every square inch of metal, but other key rot spots include the spare wheel well in the nose, all panel edges and the seam where the floorpans meet the sills. Lifting the carpet to inspect these latter areas is essential; at least it is easy to check the sills as they are of very simple construction with a box section located behind a cosmetic outer panel. While you’re on your knees, take a look at the jacking points, the support panels for the front axle beam and the locating panels for the rear suspension torsion bar tube. 
 
• Most 356s featured six-volt electrics, although from 1958 some 1600GS models and all Carreras had 12-volt systems. By now most owners have converted their cars to run on the higher voltage, which is seen as a sensible modification. Apart from the earliest pre-A cars, it’s possible to buy most interior and exterior trim. 
 
• The repro stuff is generally well made, with original parts now very hard to track down. Things like original steering wheels are notoriously tricky to source, and whether you’re buying new, used or repro, some bits are very costly. It can also be difficult establishing exactly what’s right for any car; many 356s have been restored with little regard to originality, so you’ll need to find an expert who can tell you which way to proceed. 
 

Porsche 356 model history

 
1950: 356 arrives in 1086cc form only, with 40bhp.
1951: 1300 derivative offered, with 44bhp; there’s also now a 60bhp 1488cc 356. From the following year there are also 55bhp and 70bhp versions of this engine.
1952: All-synchro four-speed gearbox replaces previous crash unit.
1955: 356A on sale with 1290cc, 1498cc or 1582cc powerplants. A curved windscreen replaces the previous split item. The first Carreras go on sale in September.
1959: 356B appears, with more modern bodyshell featuring higher bumper and headlamps, opening quarterlights and a larger rear window. There are 1582cc or 1966cc flat-fours on offer.
1960: The ultra-rare 1600GS GTL Abarth-Carrera appears for this year only, with alloy bodywork.
1963: The 356C brings with it all-round disc brakes and a choice of 1582cc or 1966cc engines. 
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.tipec.net
• www.porscheclubgb.com
• rennlist.com
• porsche356registry.org
 

Summary and prices

 
While the coupé offers the purest drive, it’s the drophead that most buyers want because of its added glamour – you’ll typically pay at least twice as much for a cabrio. And the chances are you will end up with a left-hand-drive car. 
 
While there are myriad 356 derivatives to choose from, the general rule says that the newer the car, the more usable it is; B and C types have much nicer gearboxes, for example. They got progressively more powerful, better built and more thoroughly engineered. But before you commit to any purchase you must drive the car for at least 50 miles over a variety of terrains. Everything needs to be given a thorough work-out.
 
For the very earliest 356 models, projects start from around £30,000, with average to good cars coming in at £55,000-£75,000. The best command upward of £120,000, with a detailed and continuous history file adding significantly to the values. A 356 A model starts at £40,000, with good cars ranging between £80,000-£100,000. Top examples command upwards of £150,000 today.
 
B and C models, while slightly more usable, are actually slightly cheaper to buy. A good 356C can come in at £55,000-£75,000, while a good B is generally about £10,000 more.
 
There are of course special examples that can command significantly higher prices, such as the Speedster. As one of the most replicated cars on the planet, the original Speedster is now seriously sought after, with some examples fetching more than £350,000.
Last updated: 24th Aug 2016
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  • Lot 121

    1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1600 Speedster

    €300,000 - €400,000 est. (£267,480 - £356,640 est.) €300,000 - €400,000 est. (£267,480 - £356,640 est.)
    Place Vauban
    Auction Date: 08 Feb 2017
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    Auction Date: 08 Feb 2017
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  • 1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe

    POA POA

    (SOLD) This rare and collectible Porsche 356 A coupe has recently benefitted from a restoration by Porsche specialists, Classic Showcase of Oceanside, CA. With only 30,015 original miles on the odometer, this beauty is a very sought after example, with a numbers matching motor and transmission, it has been registered with the 356 registry, and it has the special Reutter Coachwork. During the restoration process, Classic Showcase disassembled and documented the vehicle, the body was stripped, it was body worked and fit, all parts were fit to the car in bare metal; it was primered, sealed, painted base coat/clear coat, all parts were painted off the car individually, then it was color sanded and buffed, and the systems were restored, or replaced, as needed. The sheet metal and the engine compartment have also been restored, as well as the undercarriage. Sound deadening was installed prior to having the interior fit by their master upholsters. The interior is trimmed in all the proper German materials and it even features the Porsche radio blanking plate. The bright work was replated as needed. This is a very nice example of a highly collectible model that was restored in a desirable

    • Year: 1958
    • Mileage: 30015 mi
    For sale
  • 1959 Porsche 356 A Coupe

    POA POA

    (SOLD) Factory sunroof, AM/FM Blaupunkt original radio no speakers, leather interior, German headliner from Auto International, rubber door panels, dash has extra floor soundproofing. Original wheels come with the car. All metal inside painted to match exterior black enamel, 2 coats primer and 2 coats of paint, color sanded and buffed, triple platted chrome (copper, chrome, chrome). Block split, new rods, main bearings pistons, rings, valves, valve seats, guides replaced. Heads redone, clutch throw-out and main bearing replaced, aluminum piston sleeves installed in the barrels, new distributor, new 40 Webers (32 Webers come with the car). New synchros, and seals, breaks redone, cylinder master/slave redone with kits, gages reconditioned; new wire harness.

    • Year: 1959
    For sale
  • 1963 Porsche 356 B Coupe

    POA POA

    (SOLD) This striking Porsche 356B is a very original car with the rare Smyrna Green exterior, and with factory super 75 HP. This Porsche has a matching numbers motor and the 616/12 case designation according to the factory Kardex Porsche build sheet (The Kardex is a card which resides in a card file in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The original purpose of this card was to be a warranty record for work performed on the car at the factory). It has had a fresh restoration performed by a Porsche 356 restoration facility where it was stripped to bare metal for its body and paint work. It was color sanded and buffed to show condition and has excellent hood, door and trunk fit. There was a complete motor rebuild performed and the cosmetic restoration included new weather stripping, chrome, interior, underside detail and 4-corner suspension detail. This beauty is ready for the serious Porsche collector who demands the very best.

    • Year: 1963
    • Mileage: 918 mi
    For sale
  • 1956 Porsche 356 'Pre A' Speedster

    POA POA

    (SOLD) The Porsche 356 ‘Pre A’ is definitively known as the original 356. Production of the 356 began in 1950 and relied heavily on Volkswagen components. The 356 had an integral body and chassis utilizing unitary construction. By 1955 the 356 had been developed into one of the worlds most respected sports cars. This feat was quite remarkable considering that Porsche had yet to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The 356 ‘Pre A’s production ended in 1955 to make way for the 356A.

    • Year: 1956
    For sale
  • 1955 Porsche Pre-A 356 Speedster

    POA POA

    (SOLD) The Speedster offered here received 3000 miles of sorting following a cost-no-object rotisserie restoration of a rust-free Texas original. Of the small umber of Pre-A Speedsters produced, fewer than 100 are believed to exist today. A complete photographic record of the restoration work as well as hundreds of receipts for parts and labor are included with the car. Stock 1955 Speedsters came in 55 and 70 horsepower versions. This car has benefited from being fitted with a 1960’s vintage Porsche 912 engine with a 1760cc big bore kit thereby increasing the output to 130 horsepower. This effectively raises the top speed from 97 mph to over 120 and reducing the 0-60 time by one-half. Extensive records and photographs of the engine build will also be provided to the new owner. In addition, front disc brakes and 12 Volt electrics have been fitted to make driving safer and more pleasurable. This example is bar far a most desirable Porsche as it combines a lovingly restored authentic Pre-A 356 Speedster with the most appropriate upgrades. Surely no early Porsche is deserving of the name, “Speedster.” This is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

    • Year: 1955
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    For sale
  • 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet

    POA POA

    (SOLD) This is a spectacular fresh restoration by Porsche professionals to the highest level. No expense has been spared in this comprehensive nut and bolt restoration. This 356 C Cabriolet will make a great addition for the Porsche collector. During the restoration process this vehicle has been fit to perfection and repainted, color sanded and buffed, all systems gone through, instruments restored, new windshield, new shocks, suspension, hydraulics, fuels systems have been gone through, new wire loom, battery and tires. The interior has been completed re-trimmed in all proper German materials. There are no disappointments in this 356 C! You will be driving in comfort and class with your restored Blaupunkt AM/FM radio (which has been digitized for maximum enjoyment), and the original headrests. It is presented in its original colors and comes with a Kardex build sheet.

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 34467 mi
    For sale
  • 1964 Porsche 356 SC Sunroof Coupe

    POA POA

    (SOLD) This matching numbers 1964 Porsche 356 SC has undergone a complete restoration to a Show/Driver level, and is a very well-optioned, beautifully restored, rust-free long time California car. The car was delivered in California new, and has been in the hands of the previous owner since 1976. This Porsche has a rare sunroof coupe, and perhaps the ultimate specification and configuration example for the discerning collector. It has the original body panels with great floors and panel alignment. The bodywork is exceptional, with very good fit and gaps. The paintwork is high quality, in the original color, and the panels extremely straight. The chrome is very good, the lights and lamps are excellent. The wheels are date code matching, and are beautifully chromed. The engine is equally impressive, having been cosmetically refinished during the restoration. It is well-detailed with the correct decals and small details like the correct the original oil filter housing. As well, this Porsche features a recently rebuilt stock transmission. The car is a pleasure to drive, with a wonderful coherent feel and excellent performance from all mechanical systems. This is a spectacular Porsche t

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 38680 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 SC 1,6 Coupé

    €91,900(£81,938.04) €91,900(£81,938.04)

    Porsche 356 SC 1,6 Coupé Equipment: Fin og velkørende Matching numbers SC Porsche Certificat ring for info.

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 A T2

    €108,500(£96,738.60) €108,500(£96,738.60)

    Year of construction 1959 color silber leather schwarz fresh engine rebuilt to 95 bhp restored 10 years ago great overall condition ready to join price 108.500,- EUR

    • Year: 1959
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 A Coupé

    €169,000(£150,680.40) €169,000(£150,680.40)

    Year of construction 1958 color taubenblau leather blau delivered new to Düsseldorf/ Germany matching numbers more than 200.000,- Euro invested fully restored to a very high level price 169.000,- EUR

    • Year: 1958
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 B T5 Super 90 Cabriolet 1961 Elfenbein

    POA POA

    A well documented and great Porsche 356 B S90 Cabriolet 1961, beautifully restored on a very well kept original car with matching nrs. and lots of service history and books. Rare original Super 90 version. Elfenbein white with brown leather interior with matching brown mohair cabriolet top. Hard to find a nice car like this! Dutch registered and ready for immediate enjoyment. 95 000 KM 184 500 Euro

    For sale
  • 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster

    POA POA

    San Diego, CA 92081 1957 PORSCHE 356 A Speedster VIN:84142 Built on November 22, 1957 and delivered to famed Porsche importer, Max Hoffman of New York City in Ruby Red Metallic with sealed beam headlights and “tacho in miles” as it’s only options 84142 was originally sold to a California resident. Early history is unknown until it made its way to Australia via a Mr. B. Jones in the early 1990’s. In 2002 Sydney resident and noted Porsche enthusiast Mr. P. Kazacos purchased 84242 and entrusted 911 Cars and Morton Automotive with a complete restoration. When the paint was removed a practically rust free, almost dent free body was revealed. All original body panel stamps remain intact. Restoration completed in 2004 with 84142 painted in it’s current silver with red interior. In 2005 the car won the Gold Class award at the National Porsche Concours in Melbourne. Mr. S. Alexander purchased the speedster in 2009 and entered it in a couple of touring rallies in Australia and kept it serviced by Porsche 356 Specialist, Rob Fores. During Mr. Kazacos custody the original matching numbers engine and transmission were removed and replaced with a slightly modified 912 engine and gearbox. Solex c

    • Year: 1957
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 Speedster recreation

    £21,995 £21,995

    Philip Raby Porsche Porsche Sales and Service This Porsche 356 Speedster recreation has just been treated to a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration and looks absolutely stunning. It is based on a 1966 Volkswagen with an Scats-worked 1.6-litre engine that has been bored, and fitted with uprated push-rods and twin Weber carburettors, it produces around 75bhp. It has just been stripped right down and rebuilt with a full stainless-steel dual-exit exhaust, new cowling and other trim. The rest of the mechanical parts, including the brakes, have been overhauled with new parts as well. The body was, we believe, created by replica specialist Pilgrim and is extremely well built and features ‘Outlaw’ style wide arches to give the Speedster a cool Californian roadster look, set off perfectly with brand-new 8×15 Smoothie chrome steel wheels and hubcaps, plus new tyres. The Ivory White paintwork has recently been applied to a very high standard. The interior is finished with refurbished red leatherette seats, matching carpets and a new wood-rimmed steering wheel. This is a unique and wonderfully fun car at fraction of a price of a genuine Porsche 356 Speedster. It is beautifully presented an

    For sale
  • 1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe with Sunroof

    $134,500(£109,926.85) $134,500(£109,926.85)

    1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 Coupe with Sunroof s/n 101972 engine no. 67304 (included), 87072 (fitted) Burgundy with Tan Leather Interior Porsche began the venerable 356 series as their first foray into sports car production. With much of their success in racing, the world could see that Porsche was a force to be reckoned with. By 1958 the 356 could be purchased with the potent Super engine, initially as a 1500, and later in 1600 form. The 356A became one of the most sought after early Porsches, exhibiting the finest craftsmanship and engineering, particularly in these early cars. This particular example is a nicely restored and beautifully presented car with the rare 1600 engine, which now features a sunroof. It was restored in a very striking color combination several years ago, and has nicely aged via a dedicated 356 collector who enthusiastically used the car prior to selling it in 2011 to Tom Papadopoulos of Autosport Designs, Inc. through Fantasy Junction. Papadopoulos spent an additional amount of time and money refining the car even further over the course of several months (receipts of this work included with the car). While a previous owner believed this to have always been a

    • Year: 1958
    • Mileage: 9974 mi
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 Outlaw

    £119,900 £119,900

    No car comes closer to the roots of Porsche philosophy than the beautiful 356 Coupe. Inspired by the aerodynamic principles of the time, the 356’s groundbreaking styling laid the design foundations for all subsequent classic Porsche models: a look which continues to draw new admirers over sixty years after the model was first introduced.

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
    For sale
  • 1957 Porsche 356 A

    $104,500(£85,407.85) $104,500(£85,407.85)

    Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1957 Porsche 356A T1 Coupe Coupe in Red with Black leather. (Born Graphite Metallic 5603 with Red leather). Matching numbers engine (64978). Fantastic body and paint, solid & clean underside, superb engine bay & engine detail. Fantastic interior done to the same high level as the rest of the car. Comes with lots of records, restoration photos and Certificate of Authenticity. Runs superbly and delightful to drive. Priced at the lower end of the spectrum for a done car - try buying one and making it this nice. Inspections encouraged. All sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Visit Chequered Flag International online at chequeredflag.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us at 310-827-8665 today to schedule your test drive.

    • Year: 1957
    For sale
  • 1961 Porsche 356 Roadster

    $169,500(£138,532.35) $169,500(£138,532.35)

    The term “Hot Rod” will likely conjure up thoughts of 1930s and 40s Fords, Chevys and other American iron with altered bodies, big engines and fat tires tearing up Main Street between lights or blasting down the salt flats. While hot rodding may have its roots solidly with American cars, the influx of imported sports cars in the 1950s meant that the practice soon spread to foreign makes as well. Volkswagen and Porsche in particular have traditionally been very popular with the custom car crowd. Their relative mechanical simplicity meant they were easy to work on, and as owners gained experience servicing them, they quickly found ways to make them faster. The VW crowd gravitated toward drag racing while the Porsche set was focused on making their cars faster around a road course or rally stage. In the late 1980s though, the Porsche 356 was finding new favor with collectors who increasingly performed high-end restorations and trailered their cars from show field to show field. But Emory Motorsports of Oregon revived the Porsche hot-rod scene by slapping on fat wheels, hot engines and lots of period rally parts to then go out drive their cars hard. They were nicknamed “Outlaws” as they flew in the face of the mainstream 356 community and their cars were far from the pampered concours queens that dominated the scene. Since that time, the “outlaw” name stuck and has become synonymous with hot 356 Porsches of all types. This attractive 356 B hot rod is a fabulous example of this now classic “outlaw” style. It is finished in the very cool and understated shade of Glasurit Stone Grey over black upholstery and features plenty of wonderful period touches. Rather unusually for a customized 356, this build is based on a Roadster body. The Roadster was an evolution of the Speedster brought on by slow sales of the spartan Speedster and customer demands for more comfort. The basic little Speedster was refined with a slightly taller windscreen, proper roll-up windows and a larger, roomier folding top. The Roadster fit nicely between the hardcore Speedster and the more luxurious Cabriolet. A California car from new, the body on this example is beautifully restored with excellent quality paint and finishing. It has been de-bumpered front and rear for a lean and racy look, and subtle cosmetic tweaks have been added such as the through-hood fuel filler, mesh horn grille screens, Talbot Green-Dot mirrors, rollbar and a louvered engine lid. It rides on a set of RS60 style wheels with alloy rims and steel centers; of course with no hub caps for that classic Porsche racer look and is set up with Koni adjustable shocks. A polished 4 cam “pea shooter” exhaust system rounds out the rear. The cockpit is classic Porsche: Basic, functional and sporty. Our car has been fitted with Speedster style seats with carbon fiber shells upholstered in black by the marque experts at Autos International. Oatmeal squareweave carpets and correct-style rubber mats line the floors, and the dash has been refinished to match the body. A beautiful period style wood rimmed steering wheel has been fitted which feels great in the hands and thanks to its smaller diameter, sharpens steering inputs as well. Of course, a hot rod is only as good as its engine and thankfully this 356 brings a hot, big-bore 912 engine running on dual Solex carburetors. It features a remote spin-on oil filter conversion and adjustable fuel pressure regulator but retains a subtle, period correct appearance without too much flash. Wiring and finishes are very tidy and the engine is very clean both top and bottom. It has benefited from $5,000 in recent mechanical sorting and is absolutely ready to drive. In the true spirit of the hot-rod Porsche 356, this is a car for driving events, weekend blasts and rallies. It has the added benefit of a well-fitted top and roll up windows should the weather take a turn on you and as beautiful as it is, we’d love to see it getting used regularly. We think this wonderful Roadster’s already fantastic looks will only improve with the addition of a few bug splatters and some good hard miles.

    For sale
  • Porsche 356

    £24,995 £24,995

    FIFTH GEAR FEATURE CAR, Finished In Elegant Satin Silver, Only One Previous Owner With 2800 Miles, Tygan-Chisel Model Very Well Respected 356 Speedster Replica Manufacturer, Full Leather Interior In Burgandy With Bucket Seats And Burgandy Carpet, Split Riveted Nardi Style Moto-Lito Steering Wheel, 2.0 Engine With Front Brake Discs, Stainless Steel Exhaust, Chrome Luggage Rack, Dash Clock, Rear Bench Seat, Black Gauges, Vehicle Has Been Dry Stored Its Entire Life, Looks Like A Brand New Car, Real Head Turner, MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRCIATED.

    • Mileage: 2800 mi
    • Engine size: 2000
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 4S PDK 2010

    £51,993 £51,993

    RAC INSPECTED. Top Brand Cars are delighted to offer this stunning very high spec 911 PDK, Meteor Grey, Full Ocean blue leather. This beautiful example comes with a FULL PORSCHE SERVICE HISTORY AND PORSCHE WARRANTY that runs till 2018, Porsche 111 point health check carried out just 1000 miles ago, Just some of the extras include PDK gearbox, Sports exhaust, Chrono plus, Porsche communication with extended navigation, Telephone module with Bluetooth, Audio interface with IPod USB and Auxiliary input, Bose surround sound, Heated aluminum multi function steering wheel, Heated seats, Leather interior pack with Porsche crest embossed seat, Turbo alloys, Leather pack, Litronic headlights, Voice control. The list is endless so for full spec feel free to contact our sales team. Viewing by appointment only, Finance and leasing available, Part exchange welcome, Debit and credit cards taken

    • Mileage: 38000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
  • Porsche 356 SC RHD

    £249,995 £249,995

    1964; Original Factory Sky Blue/Black Leather; White Hard Top/Black Soft Top; Blaupunkt Period Radio; Deluxe Horn Ring; Bilstein Chrome HD Carrera 2 Wheels (inc Spare); Crest Hub Caps; Leitz Chrome Luggage Rack; Tonneau Cover; Original Tools/Jack etc; All original Drivers’s Manual, Service Books (2), Accessories Catalogue, Some Service Invoices and MOT’s; Has Original Seats & Carpets & Restoration work carried out by Terry Allen @ Curves Bodyworks (2015); has a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming it to be a genuine UK RHD **Matching Numbers** supplied new by AFN, Chiswick.

    • Year: 1964
    For sale
  • Porsche 356

    £59,990 £59,990

    Luggage rackVVS are offering this delightful Porsche 356 B on behalf of a valued customer. These iconic little cars have a valued following and this is a really nice example. Presented in a nice period blue which has been very well applied, and with a very well re trimmed black interior and excellent carpets. The rebuilt 75 bhp engine starts on the button and she changes through the gears beautifully.This is a very good example of one of these highly useable classic Porsches., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 102000 mi
    • Engine size: 1600
    For sale
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