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

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 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
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  • 1958 Porsche 356 Super Speedster

    $325,000(£265,622.50) $325,000(£265,622.50)

    Extremely Rare 1958 Porsche Super Speedster This incredibly rare 1958 Porsche Super Speedster has been under the same ownership for the last 30 years and is in superb condition. Ruby Red with Black leather interior and factory hardtop. It wears an absolutely beautiful older restoration and has won many awards. Chassis No. 84835 is a very late 1958 Speedster and the Super Speedster is one of the most desirable and collectible Speedsters to own. Throughout it's life it was always owned and pampered by a Porsche enthusiast. According to the Certificate of Authenticity, Chassis #84835 is a factory born Super Speedster with Engine #81950. However, the engine which is in the car (#82297) is a correct Super engine but not matching numbers. In the last 30 years we have only found two Super Speedsters. The opportunity to own such a a rare Super Speedster should not be missed. Chassis No. 84835 Price: $325,000.

    • Year: 1958
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  • 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

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  • 1957 Porsche 356 A

    $107,500(£87,859.75) $107,500(£87,859.75)

    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
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  • 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.

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  • 1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster

    $149,900(£122,513.27) $149,900(£122,513.27)

    This striking 1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster is in Ruby Red with Light Brown. The roadster was first built as a replacement for the Porsche Speedster. The roadster was a slightly more civilized car with a higher windshield and roll up windows. The 356B model premiered in 1960 with a newer more aerodynamic body style. This 356 has been in the same family ownership for the LAST 53 years. The car still retains it’s blue California license plate. It was restored in the late 1990’s. Stock 1600cc 4 cylinder engine. Top end rebuild in 1998 by Werkstatt Unlimited at 78k miles. Excellent paint and interior. Oil and filter, major service, full brake service, new sway bar bushings and rear axel boots at 79,383 miles in 2005. Engine out service performed in 2008 at 79,865 miles. COA on file with the following information: Production date: 12/22/1959 Color: Ruby Red Interior: Light Brown/Leatherette Optional equipment: - Phoenix tires - Reclining seats This 356 B Roadster is in a great color combination. A wonderful addition to your collection. All inspections welcome. We ship worldwide. Contact us at 831.373.3131 day or evening. VIN: 87299 Condition: Clear Title Transmission: Manual Exterior Colo

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 81085 mi
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  • 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 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
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  • 1954 Porsche 356 Pre A

    £279,995 £279,995

    By the early 1950s the very first Porsche, the type 356 had gained fame among enthusiasts around the world for its aerodynamics, surefooted handling, and excellent build quality. A class win at Le Mans in 1951 launched the Type 356 further into the stratosphere with production spanning another 13 years eventually giving rise to the vaunted 911 and making it one of the all-time great sports cars- forever associated with names like James Dean and Janis Joplin. With a lightweight, aerodynamic design, beautifully sculpted interior appointments and a silky-smooth synchromesh transmission mated to a punchy 4 cylinder boxer engine the 356 offers arguably the most pure and enjoyable drive of any classic- hence their world renowned popularity today. This very early and rare Porsche 356 Pre A was delivered new on the 13th of July 1953 by Hoffmans, New York. Numbers matching and still featuring its correct Beige Corduroy interior trim this car still importantly carries the one-piece 'vee' windscreen - typical of late pre-'A' models, the superior optional 1.5-litre engine and its original 16 inch wheels. Restored some years ago and presenting in excellent condition both inside and out this exc

    • Year: 1954
    • Mileage: 12276 mi
    For sale
  • PORSCHE 356 CARRERA 2012

    £55,450 £55,450

    A gorgeous 2012 Porsche 911 Coupe in guards red with light grey full leather interior only 24,000 miles with service history and a great spec. This is a very nice car with immaculate paintwork and unmarked alloy wheels. Light grey two tone interior, sports exhaust, lowered PASM suspension, full Sat Nav, sports chrono package, park assist, electric heated sports seats, Porsche torque vectoring system, light design package and much more totalling over GBP 9k. This is a great car in a very nice colour combination. ;;HPI clear and all dealer facilities, great finance packages available. We have over 60 luxury and sports cars in stock.

    • Mileage: 24000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.436
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  • 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
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  • 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 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
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  • Porsche 356 SC

    £164,950 £164,950

    Porsche 356 SC 1965. This 356SC is in excellent condition and was one of the last 40 Porsche 356 produced. With a full engine and gearbox rebuild, this Porsche features a substantial receipt file. Brooklands “Sales by Brokerage” service: This vehicle cannot be sold by Brooklands Classic Cars Pty Ltd until purchased in full by Brooklands Classic Cars Pty Ltd from the vehicle’s owner. Otherwise, the sale would be considered consignment selling and Brooklands Classic Cars Pty Ltd would be in contravention of the Motor Car Traders Act 1986.

    • Year: 1965
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  • Porsche 356 C Coupe

    £54,950 £54,950

    £54,950.00 Introduced in 1950, following Ferdinand Porsche’s exile in France post , and based on his pre war designs for a streamlined sports car and the VW people’s car, work continued on the development of a new sports car under his son Ferry and in 1950 the enterprise moved to Stuttgart , where full time production began. The Porsche 356 evolved through four variations and was manufactured until the 911 was introduced to replace it in the mid 1960’s. During this period 73303 356’s were produced. Of which 16668 Model C’s were produced in from 1963 for the last two years of production. The 356 C we have for sale has been recently imported from the US, it has a recorded mileage of 34469 miles ,an all matching numbers example verified by the Porsche Heritage certificate. It has a thorough check through in our workshop . It is in very good mechanical condition with a solid body and very good original interior. In very good condition in Primrose yellow, on inspection there are no signs of any older structural damage or major repairs. Original Black interior, with original instrumentation and radio. The engine and mechanicals of the car have been checked, the carbs have been serviced a

    • Year: 1964
    • Mileage: 34469 mi
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  • 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
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  • 1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet

    £449,995 £449,995

    There's something just so right about a properly restored Pre-A Cabriolet, with a purity of line and an abundance of period detailing missing from later 356s. From the skinny rims tucked under the deeply contoured guards, to the delightful interior fittings like the painted dash, large diameter VDM steering wheel and chrome-ringed instruments, these early 356s are redolent of the early 50's era. Reutter's steel coachwork was beautifully finished, with a hand-made precision lacking from later cars. Both Coupé and Cabriolet entered production in 1950, with Reutters and Gläser responsible for the earliest cars. Until 1953, the Reutter Cabriolets had a wooden frame with glass rear window but this changed to steel frames with a plastic window along with a one-piece windscreen. Early models used the beehive type tail lights, while minor changes that identify a 1954 model are the short bonnet handle and the addition of horn grilles. An early 1954 build, this car was completed on February, 22 and delivered through Max Hoffman in New York. Hoffman, who became Porsche's sole distributor for North America the previous year, apparently specified this particular car with no sun visors or door p

    • Year: 1954
    • Mileage: 79669 mi
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  • 1960 Porsche 356 B

    £159,995 £159,995

    In September of 1959, Porsche released the new Type 356 B that delivered a revised T5 body and offered a significant number of technical and styling refinements over the outgoing Type 356 A. The 356 B, produced from 1960 through 1963, represents the mid-point for Porsche's design progression. The B added safety features demanded by the growing U.S market including all new sheet metal with raised front and rear bumpers and revised over-riders. The headlamps were raised, a larger hood handle added, and front vent windows appeared in the doors. Mechanically, the transmission and drum brakes were upgraded as well. A new deep-dish steering wheel and column refreshed and refined the interior, along with deeper rear seats. Available here is an early Australian delivered Porsche 356 B, sold new by Hamiltons of Melbourne in January of 1960. Matching in numbers, confirmed by Porsche Cars Australia, this fine example has just been released from long term private ownership where the car formed part of an extensive classic collection. Offered in the classic combination of Silver over Blue leatherette this very original 356 B features chrome crested hub caps, Schlummerrolle rechts (head-rests),

    • Year: 1960
    • Mileage: 41386 mi
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  • 1961 Porsche 356 S Notchback

    £139,995 £139,995

    Historically considered the redheaded stepchild of the Porsche Type 356 set, the Karmann built Hardtop Coupé, or 'Notchback' as they were nicknamed was only available from 1960-62 representing a very small quantity of 356 production that today has led to its ultimate collectability. Mechanically identical to the Type 356 B, the Notchback is powered by a pushrod flat-four-cylinder engine displacing 1,582cc and available in three flavours of tune: 60-hp Normal, 75-hp Super or the 90 hp Super 90. So much fun to drive because it handled so well, the 356 Notchback was basic in the sense that it wasn't loaded down with frills, but everything it had was built in very high quality, from sporty leather seats and gauges to the typically Porsche perfect panel fit/finish and mechanical reliability. Available here is a 1961 356 S Notchback, one of only 1,047 Coupés from Karmann, matching in numbers and originally delivered to Germany with the uprated 75-hp Super engine over the standard 60-hp unit. Professionally restored, this turnkey example is finished in the desirable combination of Smyrna Green over Fawn leather interior and fresh Charcoal carpeting with an excellent finish. Carrying origi

    • Year: 1961
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  • 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
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