1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet by Reutter s/n 151717, Engine no. 73265 Ivory with Ivory Hardtop and Red interior For more than half a century, enthusiasts and collectors have continuously sought after the iconic and agile Porsche 356. And while many cars have propelled Porsche to new heights, the 356 set a standard, launching the marque into world production. Porsche began the venerable 356 series as their first foray into sports car production. With much of their success in racing, the world would soon see that Porsche was a sports car company to be reckoned with. Upon its release, the 356A became one of the most sought after Porsches, exhibiting the finest craftsmanship and engineering, particularly in these early cars. Thoughtfully designed and sporty, the 356A offered customers high quality, value, reliability, and mechanical robustness that would define the Porsche brand in the coming decades. Today the 356 series cars further entice collectors to seek out these capable and beautiful sports cars for the same reasons enthusiasts purchased them when new. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this example was completed March 6,1959 and delivered to Son Auto in Paris.
The Motorcar Offered No. 84142 built November 22, 1957 was delivered to Porsche importer, Max Hoffman of NY City in Ruby Red Metallic with sealed beam headlights and tach in miles as it’s only options. Originally sold to a California resident. It was fitted with engine no. 67751, which still accompanies the car and will be sold together with it. The new Speedster is believed to have been purchased by a Californian first owner shortly after arriving on US shores, but from that point the early ownership history remains unknown. The history picks up a few decades later, when the Speedster was exported to Australia, where it came into the collection of noted collector and enthusiast, Mr. Brian Jones. Jones enjoyed the Porsche before selling it on to Sydney-based collector, Mr. Kazacos in 2004. Needing some refurbishment, the new owner entrusted the Speedster to Porsche specialist Morton Automotive, who carried out a full restoration and a professional conversion to right hand drive (now back to original steering configuration). When stripping the old paint, it was found that the bodywork was in fine shape, with very little rust, and no major accident damage. The Speedster was finished
Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Cabriolets had been manufactured right from the start of 356 production, but the first open Porsche to make a significant impact was the Speedster, introduced in 1954 following the successful reception in the USA with a batch of 15 special roadsters. With its sales declining, the Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilised Convertible D, a more practical car than the Speedster boasting a larger protective windscreen, wind-up side windows and more comfortable seats while retaining the original's beautiful body lines and downward sloping waistline beloved of 356 enthusiasts. The D was built on the Speedster chassis with an almost identical body and considered to be a great improvement over the Speedster. Overall, the new car was 3½ inches taller. With its preferred coachbuilder Reutter struggling to keep up with the ever increasing demand, Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders, Convertible D production being undertaken by Drauz of Heilbronn, hence the 'D' suffix. When the restyled Porsche 356B arrived in September 1959, convertible production transferred to D'Ieteren o
This very rare to find RHD car was bought from one of the most well respected classic Porsche dealers in the UK (mated-page) in 2007. It has since remained in a garaged environment and has been well maintained and very lightly driven (never on rainy days). Prior to purchasing the car it had gone through a complete check and replacement of any mechanical and cosmetic parts and was completely serviced by 356 specialist Andy Prill. Its 1600 super engine is in perfect running order. It is a matching numbers example with no additions or retractions from when it came from the factory. A complete documented history is available on request.
(SOLD) Just over 4,800 Speedsters were built and sold over the model's not-quite-seven year production life. 80697, the example offered here, is one of just 233 from the 1955 model year, and left the factory wearing white paint and a red interior. Its current owner states that it has been sitting partially disassembled in his Oregon garage for the past 13 years; prior to that it had been in dry storage for over a decade. The car appears reasonably complete, including its hard-to-find bumpers and over-riders, aluminum side trim, beehive taillights, and folding-top assembly. According to the owner, repairs to the usual rust in the floors and battery areas had been started by the previous owner. The car comes with new replacement floors and battery box ready to be installed, along with several boxes of small original parts. The nose clip may have been replaced earlier. The owner believes the Type 546/2 1500cc 60hp Normal engine, which has been removed from the car and disassembled, to be original; its number is correct for the model and year. The odometer registers 66,714 miles, which may be actual, since the car does not appear to have been driven since the late 1970s. Included with
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