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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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  • 1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe with Sunroof

    $134,500(£107,048.55) $134,500(£107,048.55)

    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
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  • 1956 Porsche 356 A Speedster Outlaw

    £32,900 £32,900

    The engine Willhoit created isoriginal, with a SCAT lightweight 74-mm crankshaft and Carrillo connecting rods.  Willhoit sent the case to Ollie's Machine in Santa Ana for all internal work.  Custom, 91-mm cylinders made from Mahle VW big-bore cores yielded a displacement of 1600cc.

    • Mileage: 150911 mi
    • Engine size: 1925
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  • 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe

    £48,200 £48,200

    This beautiful Porsche 356B Coupe just had a complete bumper to bumper service done.Now it's your chance to own this Beautiful example of Porsche history.

    • Mileage: 90411 mi
    • Engine size: 1600
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  • 1965 Porsche 356

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    1965 Porsche 356 Cabriolet VIN: 161539 Originally imported to Teaneck, NJ in 1965, the car's first owner was Jean A Giebink from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She was getting her graduate degree in Social Administration at Case Tech and used a government stipend to help buy the Porsche. The car proved too expensive for her, and it moved onto another owner around 1968. In doing our research on this car we were actually fortunate enough to speak with Ms. Giebink and get this story directly from her. When the Cabriolet first arrived at Canepa in 2008 it was already restored in its beautiful Champagne Yellow paint and black leather interior. While not an original SC car, the Cabriolet has a period correct SC powerplant rebuilt to stock specifications. We put the car through the Canepa Difference process, and it was sold to a collector in the Northwest shortly after. In the past 8 years, the owner only put on a careful 3,000 miles, while maintaining and storing the vehicle perfectly. Now back at Canepa the Cabriolet has once again passed through our meticulous mechanical and cosmetic inspection, and is ready to show, or put the top down for a spirited summer drive.

    • Year: 1965
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  • 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2

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    1963 Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe by Reutter VIN: 120351 The Carrera 2 was an amazing advancement when it arrived in 1961, and the most expensive car Porsche had ever built. The star of the show was the jewel of an engine that resided in the back of the car: a two-liter, quad-cam masterpiece that put out 130 horsepower. This example has been meticulously mechanically and cosmetically restored by Road Scholars in North Carolina. They took 120351 down to its bare shell and painted it in its factory correct slate grey. Autobahn Interiors took the Carrera's original interior and recovered its correct hue in red leather. The engine was rebuilt by four-cam expert, Chris Powell, of Chris's German Auto Service. While not original to the car, the Type 587/1 engine is correct to a 1963 Carrera 2. All the original components on car were completely restored before being reinstalled. Every system was gone through and examined for functionally and correct appearance. Completed in 2008, the car would go on to win the Zuffenhausen Award (296.2 points out of 300) at the 2009 Porsche Parade. Here is an excellent opportunity to own a mechanically and cosmetically correct example of the rare two-liter, fou

    • Year: 1963
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  • 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster

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    1958 Porsche 356 Speedster VIN: 84251 Purchased new by a resident of Woodside, CA in 1958, and he would go on to own the car for the next 32 years. In 1973 he would drive the car to his property in Ukiah, CA and put the car in storage until its sale in 1990. The second owner from San Anselmo, CA (a personal friend of Bruce Canepa since the 1980s) would take the car in 1992 to renown 356 restorer, Tim Goodrich of Grants Pass, Oregon, for a complete, concours level restoration. Tim Goodrich only restored 12 Speedsters during his illustrious career. Six of them would go to the Porsche family, and are on display at the factory. The other six went to private owners. This car is the last Speedster Goodrich would restore before he retired. What sets his restorations apart is his attention to factory details, reproducing even the smallest aspect of a Speedster - just as it left the Porsche factory. The car was stripped down to its tub and restored from the ground-up. The original engine and transmission were rebuilt. No expense was spared, and the owner even flew out master upholsterer, Don Fowler, from Connecticut to do the interior and top. The result was a perfect restoration of a very

    • Year: 1958
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  • 1957 Porsche 356A Reutter Coupe 1.6 2dr

    £75,650 £75,650

    Porsche 356A Reutter Coupé, originally produced in 1957.Included with the vehicle of course, is the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, confirming the original build date and specification which included a Blaupunkt Bremen radio, sealed beam headlights and ventilated chrome wheels. Complete with traditional Porsche detailing, this 356 looks resplendent in its hue of metallic silver. A beautiful drive, this Porsche 356A is a wonderful example of a much loved clic car with genuine usability when the desire takes you. This Porsche is as capable of touring as it is enhancing any static display or collection - a great investment for the future.

    • Mileage: 974000 mi
    • Engine size: 1600
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  • Porsche 356 C 1,6 Coupé

    €81,100(£70,135.28) €81,100(£70,135.28)

    Porsche 356 C 1,6 Coupé Equipment: Meget fin stand Fuld Historie Bøger Matching numbers Porsche Certificat ring for info

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche 356 SC 1,6 Coupé

    €91,900(£79,475.12) €91,900(£79,475.12)

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

    • Year: 1964
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  • 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A

    $267,500(£212,903.25) $267,500(£212,903.25)

    1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET In accordance with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this charming 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet was completed on June 23rd, 1953. The car was originally ordered in Fashion Grey, paint code C531B with a red leather interior and comfort seats, and optioned as a USA deluxe model. It was one of just 394 Cabriolets built in 1953. The original 1500cc engine has been replaced with a later unit that appears to be a 1960 model year 1600 Super engine, an upgrade that would have added over 30% to the car's initial horsepower rating. The Kardex reads that the new Porsche had been ordered by a company called Cattaneo in California, but also logs a 700-mile service as being performed in September of 1953, presumably at a Porsche dealership located in Paris, France. One could assume that the first owner of the car took delivery in Europe and used it there before shipping it stateside. In July 1990, the car appeared for sale on the 356 Registry out of Atherton, California. At the time of the listing, the car was still in its correct colors. The car was in comedian Bill Cosby's collection at some point. Today, this rare Pre-A Cabriolet presents beautifull

    • Year: 1953
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  • PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 4 S 2007 Manual 41982 Petrol Blue

    £31,000 £31,000

    WE HAVE THE PLEASURE IN OFFERING THIS STUNNING LOW MILEAGE EXAMPLE WITH THE BENEFIT OF FULL PORSCHE SERVICE HISTORY CARRIED OUT AT 10313K, 16082K, 21064K, 31644K, 37818K,MOT,D AT 40793K,MLS 2 KEYS,BIG SPECIFICATION TO INCLUDE 19" MULT SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS WITH NEW N2 PIRELLI TYRES,SPORTS EXHAUST,PCM SAT NAV,HEATED SEATS,3WAY MEMORY FRONT SEATS,PORSCHE OVER CARPETS,MULTI FUNCTION 3 SPOKE STEERING WHEEL,CRUISE CONTROL ,REMOTE LOCKING,SPORTS ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION ,THIS IS A SUPERB WELL MAINTAINED EXAMPLE ANY TRIAL OR INSPECTION MOST WELCOME.

    • Mileage: 41982 mi
    • Engine size: 3.824
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  • Porsche 356 A 1600 T2 1957

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    The Porsche 356 was the first Porsche production car. It was produced by the Austrian Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH, which earlier worked on the Porsche 360 Cisitalia and Volkswagen Beetle, as well as the Auto Union Grand Prix cars. After Ferdinand Porsche was released from a French prison after the war, production of the Porsche 356 was taken over by Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH in Germany. In total about 50 cars were produced by the Austrian factory. The 356 was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel drive two-door car, available in coupé and convertible versions. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. From the early 1100 cc beginnings, the overall shape of the 356 remained more or less the same. In 1951, 1300 and 1500 cc more powerful engines were introduced. By late 1952 the divided windscreen was gone, replaced by a V-shaped unit which fit into the same opening. In 1953, the 1300 S or Super was introduced, and the 1100 cc engine was dropped. In late 1954 Max Hoffman, the sole US importer of Porsches, convinced Porsche to build a stripped down roadster version with minimal eq

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  • Porsche 356 B Coupe 1963

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    *** THIS CAR HAS BEEN SOLD *** Please contact us if you were interested in this car. Our inventory is constantly changing and we will have similar examples of this model becoming available soon. ----------------------------- Porsche 356 B Coupe matching numbers 1963 Porsche 356 B coupe. The car is in a very original and solid condition. Needs some cosmetical and technical works. The original matching numbers 1582 CC 60 HP engine runs excellent. A very good base for simple restoration with a lot of potential. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1963
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  • Porsche 356 C Coupe 1964

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    SOLD/VERKAUFT/VENDU/VERKOCHT Porsche 356 coupe 1964, fully restored in 2015 The 356 was the first car in production by Porsche, 3 generations were built between 1948 and 1965. The third generation had standard disc brakes around. This is a Porsche 356 from the third generation, delivered on 3 february 1964. In 2015 the car was fully restored. Paint in original 356 colour Signal Red. This was combined with a black leather interior with red piping. The car has a 1582CC, 4 cyl, 75 HP boxer engine and a 4 speed manual gearbox. So a very beautiful car ready for lots of driving fun. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1964
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  • Porsche 356 A Convertible D 1959

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 356 A Convertible D 1959 black with 356 SC engine in very good condition. The 356 was the first production car of Porsche. There were lots of varieties built between 1948 and 1965. The most special is the 356A Convertible D, only 1331 built between 1958 and 1959. This is a 1959 Convertible D. The car has beautiful black paint and a beige leather interior in very good condition. The car has a Porsche 356 SC engine and manual gearbox. The 4 cyl, 1582 CC delivers 107 HP. The engine is revised by Duane Spencer, a former rocket ingeneer with the preference for Porsches. At the moment a very respected name in the Posche engine restoration. This 356A convertible D is an interesting investement. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1959
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  • Porsche 356 C Coupe 1965

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 356 C 1965 matching numbers in good condition Signalrot The Porsche 356C was the third generation of the 356 and was built between 1964 and 1965. The C had 4 disc brakes and the A and B did not. The 911 was the successor of the 356 in 1965. This is a 1965 Porsche 356C in colour Signalrot (6407) and black leather interior. The car is in a beautiful and good condition. The car has the original matching numbers 1582 CC 4 cyl boxer engine and manual gearbox. Drives great. The car also has a 3 wire wooden steering wheel and Fuchs wheels. This Porsche is ready for driving and a good investment also. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche 356 A Coupe 1956

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 356 A T1 coupe 1956, matching numbers in topcondition This beautiful very rare Porsche 356 A coupe was delivered in 1956 in the original colour ‘Lago Grun’. The Porsche has a totally new en very beautiful beige leather interior. Dashboard is ton-sur-ton with a beige leather top. This 356 has the original, matching numbers, 1582 CC, 60 HP boxer engine and a manual gearbox. A lot of maintenance has been done and invoices are present. This very rare Porsche 356 A T1 coupe is a very interesting investment. Car has Holland title and Holland mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1956
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  • Porsche 356 B Coupe 1960

    €79,950(£69,140.76) €79,950(£69,140.76)

    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 356 B T5 coupe 1960 fully restored in 2015 The Porsche 356 was the first production car of Porsche and was built between 1948 and 1965. Developed by Ferry Porsche the son of Ferdinand Porsche and built in Stuttgart. This Porsche is from 1960 and was fully body off restored in 2015. The car is in topcondition now. The car has the original colour combination of Signal Red (6011) paint and black interior with red piping. This Porsche has a fully revised 1582 CC 60 HP engine and 4-speed manual gearbox. So a fabulous Porsche restored to the original. Car has european title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importtaxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1960
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  • Porsche 356 A T2

    £125,000 £125,000

    Variant: 1958 Porsche 356 A T2 Coupe This is a very rare opportunity for someone to own a stunning and iconic piece of Automotive history. It has been subject to a full 'nut and bolt' restoration while also being stripped back to bare metal to fully restore the bodywork. In fact the whole vehicle was returned to original factory condition.It is in superb condition and is a credit to the restorer and previous owner. It also comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. In 1956, Porsche upgraded it's 356 model, to a 356 A (T1), which further refined into a 356 A (T2) model for 1958 to 1959. Each evolution brought with it new innovation and a race winning pedigree. The Porsche 356 was not the most powerful car of it's time but handled like none of it's competitors on the race track or on the open road. Following an extensive 'nut and bolt' restoration, chassis #102310 is complete. The car carries it's original features, all original panels, with the exception of the floors and front nose panel which were replaced as part of the restoration. The car is now in 'concours' condition as it was when it was first built. Original stampings can be found in all of the expected places; VIN plate, engine lid hinges, door jams and through the engine grille. The wheels are original and date stamped 1957, the interior comprises the original seats, which have been re-trimmed in a luxury caramel leather and completed with original biscuit coloured German square weave carpets. Sadly this is not a fully matching numbers car as the original engine and transmission were removed at some point. However, the engine is an original 1958 correct period 616/1 engine from the same production run with the same specification - as per the Porsche certificate of Authenticity. The transmission was uprated to a 1958 Porsche type 716 transmission, which offers superior drivability. This transmission was only available for two production years and is very rare. This is truly a wonderful example of the iconic 356 model.

    • Year: 1958
    • Mileage: 67544 mi
    • Engine size: 1.6
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  • 1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe

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    (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
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  • 1959 Porsche 356 A Coupe

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    (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
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  • 1963 Porsche 356 B Coupe

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    (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
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  • 1956 Porsche 356 'Pre A' Speedster

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    (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
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  • 1955 Porsche Pre-A 356 Speedster

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    (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
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  • 1965 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet

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    (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
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