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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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  • 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

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    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 B - 1962

    €86,000 - €111,800 est. (£76,720.60 - £99,736.78 est.) €86,000 - €111,800 est. (£76,720.60 - £99,736.78 est.)
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  • Porsche 356 BT5 Super 90 '61

    €72,950(£65,078.70) €72,950(£65,078.70)

    The 356 was created by Ferry Porsche (son of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company). Like its cousin, the VW Beetle (designed by Ferdinand Porsche Senior), the 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car utilizing unitized pan and body construction The basic design of the 356 remained the same throughout its lifespan, with evolutionary, functional improvements rather than yearly superficial styling changes. Nevertheless a variety of models in both coupe and convertible forms were produced from 1948 through 1965. To distinguish among the major revisions of the model, 356's are generally classified into a few major groups. 356 coupes and "cabriolets" (soft-top) built through 1954 are readily identifiable by their split (1948 to 1952) or bent (center-creased, 1953 to 1954) windshields. In 1955, with numerous small but significant changes, the 356A was introduced. Its internal factory designation, "Type 1," gave rise to its nickname "T1" among enthusiasts. In early 1957 a second revision of the 356A was produced, known as Type 2 (or T2). In late 1959 more significant styling and technical refinements gave rise to the 356B (a T5 body type) The mid 1962 356

    • Year: 1961
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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 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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  • 1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

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    As Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s first automotive offering to the world, the 356 didn’t have much to live up to. It was unique, fresh, and new in every way, giving the public an entirely new concept in the world of sports cars. The layout of the 356 was to be the DNA that would grow Porsche into the cutting edge company it is today, and ultimately sealing its fate in automotive history. When first debuting in 1948 the 356, then built in Gmund, Austria, was a small town sports car just gaining traction. It was a raw, 1,100CC Flat Four powered split windscreen coupe that embodied simplicity and lightweight performance. By 1954 Max Hoffman was well established as Porsche’s Sole US Importer, the company was growing fast, and as a result changes were made. These “Pre-A” (as they would come to be know, later) examples lost the “V” in the windshield and had a simple “bent” appearance, the motor was now 1,500CC and an options list was ever growing. While these cars eventually evolved into the 356A in 1955, the early cars still embody Porsches most extreme original design, and today are coveted amongst collectors as the most interesting and pure examples. The example on offer here, a 1954 Porsche

    • Year: 1954
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  • Porsche 356 B 1600 Roadster

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    to the vehicle overview Porsche 356 B 1600 Roadster Year 1960 Colour Fjordblau Leather blau PS 90 Hubraum 1600 Kilometerstand 3381 - one of only 560 examples built in 1960 - restored - Coachwork by Drautz - ready to join - incl. original matching numbers motors price 199.500,- Get in contact

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 2096 mi
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  • Porsche 356 B Cabriolet SOLD

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    to the vehicle overview Porsche 356 B Cabriolet SOLD Year 1961 Colour Signal Rot Leather schwarz PS 90 Hubraum 1600 Kilometerstand 49190 - Coachwork by Reutter - great overall condition - fully know history - part of Romy Schneider movie - original signatur from Ferry Porsche price SOLD Get in contact

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 30497 mi
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  • 1957 Porsche 356 A Coupe

    $125,500(£95,141.55) $125,500(£95,141.55)

    This 1957 Porsche 356 A Coupe is in Lago Green with Tan. A concours quality presentation both inside and out. Finished in its original color of Lago Green (color code 606) with Tan leather and Corduroy inserts. Engine no. *73389* Complete restoration recently done. Only 44 miles on the car since completion. COA on file. T1 body, Beehive tail lights. The car was stripped to bare metal. Body and paint by Greg Michaelian/GK Restorations. Excellent gaps and closing lines. The motor runs as new, big bore kit installed. The interior was redone by Autobahn Interiors. All chrome was redone along with other bright metal finishes. Rebuilt front end. The transmission is smooth with good syncros in all gears. Original doors, decklid and hood. A fully restored A Coupe, sorted, and ready to drive or collect. All inspections welcome. We ship worldwide. Contact us at 831.373.3131 day or evening. Price: $125500 VIN: 59011 Condition: Clear Title Transmission: Manual Exterior Color: Lago Green Interior Color: Tan Stock No: 11276 Mileage: 44 TMU Warranty: No Warranty Inquire Apply for Financing View Other Cars Additional Photos

    • Year: 1957
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  • Porsche 356 C 1,6 Coupé

    €81,100(£72,349.31) €81,100(£72,349.31)

    Porsche 356 C 1,6 Coupé Equipment: Meget fin stand Fuld Historie Bøger Matching numbers Porsche Certificat ring for info Prisen er ekskl reg afgift på 15.000 kr ca.

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche 356 Cabriolet 1959

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Restoration project This car is a restorationproject. That’s why a project car will be sold as seen, without guarantee and without inspections. We are sorry but we can’t give this car a foreign registration. Porsche 356 cabriolet 1959 Drauz restoration project This is a 1959 Porsche 356 cabriolet built by Drauz, chassis number:87001. The first series 356B was new delivered at Sonauto, France in paint colour 6004 Elfenbein and has a 356 1600 original engine from 1961 with engine number:606114. The 356 is a good basis for restoration. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible.

    • Year: 1959
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  • Porsche 356 B coupe 1963

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    SOLD / VERKAUFT / VENDU / VERKOCHT Porsche 356 B Coupe 1963 in good drivers condition This is an originally in Europe delivered 1963 Porsche 356 B Coupe. In 2000 this Porsche was restored by a hobbyist. A lot of documents and photos of this are available. During restoration the Porsche was provided with a sunroof and disc brakes. The 356 has some traces of use. The interior has the original dashboard in paint colour, sportseats and a sport steering wheel. The Porsche has a original 356 engine and drives very well. This 356 B Coupe is ready for lots of driving fun. Car has Holland title and mot/tuv. Easy to register in every EU country. You do not need to pay any import taxes. We can help with transport.

    • Year: 1963
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  • 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe

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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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  • 1965 Porsche 356 Cabriolet

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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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  • 1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet

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    1964 Porsche 356C T6 Carrera 2 Cabriolet by Reutter VIN: 160232 The exclusive 356C Carrera 2 Cabriolet, which only 28 are believed to have been built from 1964-65, is one the rarest Porsche road cars. This example was finished at the factory on 5/5/1964. It would be imported to the US from Germany in 1976 by then owner, Lieutenant Colonel Fromm of Hartford, CT. At that point the car's original 4-cam had been lost to history. Fromm would put the car up for sale in 1977, and it would move on to Rick Cool of Fairfax, VA. He would own the car for only a short time, and the Cabriolet would move on to Rusty Ferrell of Utah in 1982 for $5000. During those years Ferrell would own five 356C Carreras, and would go on to restore the Cab. He sourced a correct 4-cam Carrera engine #97395 from Jim Shane of Salt Lake City and installed it in the car. Around 1989 the Cab would be sold to a European owner. The next appearance of 160232 would at a Christie's auction in Tarrytown, NY on June 15, 1996 where the Cabriolet would fetch $134,500. In 2013, after a couple of owners, the car would begin a top-level, concours level restoration here at Canepa. The Cabriolet was stripped down to its bare tub an

    • Year: 1964
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  • Porsche 356 B T5 '61

    €71,950(£64,186.60) €71,950(£64,186.60)

    The Porsche 356 is an automobile which was produced by German company Porsche from 1948 to 1965. It was the company's first production automobile. The 356 was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. The 356 was created by Ferdinand "Ferry" Porsche (son of Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company). Like its cousin, the Volkswagen Beetle (which Ferdinand Porsche Senior had designed), the 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive car utilizing unitized pan and body construction. While the 356's body was an original design by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda, its mechanicals (including engine case and suspension components) were based on and initially sourced from Volkswagen. The fi

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 31729 mi
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  • Porsche 356 Carrera GS/GT

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    With the Carrera nameplate, Porsche had produced their first real production sports car. Named after Porsche’s victory at the Carrera Panamericana, this model mated the potent four-camshaft engine from the 550 RS Spyder into the 356’s unassuming chassis. Called the 1500RS, the Carrera engine was an air-cooled, four-cylinder engine that was designed by Ernst Fuhrmann to be an out-and-out racing unit. This engine used a complex system of bevels and shafts for the valvetrain, as well as a dry-sump lubrication system. Further distinguishing it was an aluminum block with chrome-plated cylinder walls and twin-spark ignition. Fuhrman personally motivated the Carrera 356 after fitting his own car with a four-cam. He recalls “In fact I put the first one in my own car… And people around here drove it and said, ‘that’s not so bad!'” This was good news, since four-cam unit had to sit further back behind the rear wheels than the standard engine. Soon after, Ferry Porsche had a four-cam in his own 356A. In 1956, Porsche introduced the 356 Carrera GS (road version) and GT (race version). A legend was born. This particular example was delivered new in France by Porsche importer Sonauto. Restored i

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 11265 mi
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  • 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D

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    Here is an incredible opportunity to own a very solid, extremely nice example 1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Convertible D. This incredible survivor has had a good life over several caretakers, where it was properly maintained, and cared for, for over 50 years. It has minimal wear and nice patina. It remains its original Ruby Red exterior and Light Brown interior, with US bumpers as delivered new. It has a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity to verify its birth colors, and numbers. Delivered November 26, 1958, it went to Hoffman NY, where it started its life in the US. During its ownership, the original engine was taken out of the car, and replaced with a rebuilt 356 B engine. This Porsche also comes with the original matching block. One of only 1,331 models made during production, the body is the same as a Speedster, expect for the taller windshield, and roll up windows. This car has been recently serviced, and has received a full vehicle detail by marque experts, Classic Showcase of Oceanside, CA. It was fit with a new convertible top, was shod with new tires, it had its distributor rebuilt and set up properly, had a new correct master cylinder installed, a major tune up was perfo

    • Year: 1959
    • Mileage: 3213 mi
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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
    For sale
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