2017 Shannons Sydney Summer Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates
Lot
25

1958 Porsche 356A Coupe

$145,000 - $170,000

Specifications

Engine Flat four-cylinder, 1582cc
Gearbox 4-speed manual
Engine No. 73294
Chassis No. 105669
Body Work Coupe
Colour White
Interior Red
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel disc
Brakes Drums

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Description

Porsche’s remarkable 356 put the Zuffenhausen company firmly on the automotive map in the 1950s, with Dr Ferdinand’s original design - a somewhat basic sports car closely based on Volkswagen’s Beetle - evolving into a technically advanced, beautifully resolved machine over a production life spanning more than fifteen years. The earliest Gmünd-built cars were somewhat underpowered and primitive in terms of equipment but the 356 matured into a sophisticated sports car by the late 1950s, with the 356A introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show heralding the biggest changes yet. Gone was the so-called bent window (a legacy of the original split screen bodywork), replaced with a single curved piece of glass, along with a revised interior (including a decent heater), new suspension settings, a steering damper and 15-inch wheels and crossply tyres. Available with both 1300cc (Normal) and 1600cc (Super) engines, the 356A was both more powerful and reliable than earlier models thanks to a new three-piece crankshaft and revised cooling system. In addition to the coupe and cabriolet models, the stripped-out Speedster continued to prove popular in North America. In 1957 a revised, so-called ‘T2’ body appeared, with teardrop tail lamps, a repositioned lamp for the licence plate and reshaped seats. Mechanically Porsche dropped the 1300cc engine and replaced the Solex carburettors with Zenith items; the 1600 Normal developed 70bhp at 5000rpm, while the Super extracted an additional five horses. For those customers wanting even more power or to compete on the track, Porsche also added the legendary Carrera to the line-up, using a version of the complex four-cam motor found in the 550 Spyder. Hugely popular in America and at home, relatively few 356s were made for right hand drive markets like England and Australia, where taxes and import duties made them prohibitively expensive. Local distributor Norman Hamilton was patronised by a small band of well-heeled customers and the 356A was an unfamiliar sight on the roads of Sydney or Melbourne in the 1950s, with several appearing at Bathurst and elsewhere.

History

  • Superb example of Porsche’s classic 356A coupe
  • Rare  RHD Australian delivery
  • High quality restoration 
 The current owner tells us the 356 was discovered in a chook shed in Port Macquarie on the NSW Central Coast approximately 15 years ago, the Porsche 356A coupe was then subject to a ground-up restoration by noted specialists Pacific Reproductions of Narrabeen NSW. The engine was replaced due to its unrepairable condition by Melbourne Porsche specialist Greg O’Keefe  a later 912 four-cylinder unit was built-up for the car. Finished in the original factory colour combination of white with red leather upholstery, the Porsche is understood to have had just two owners from new. The car remains in outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition, having travelled a mere 2,000 miles since completion of the restoration and would make an ideal club car, perfect for weekend runs or concours events. Accompanied by a comprehensive history file documenting the rebuild, the Porsche also comes with an owner’s manual and will be sold registered in NSW until September 2017 (with the personalised plates ‘HIS 356’ available by negotiation with the successful bidder if wanted). 
 
Note: Shannons advise that all potential buyers research all vehicles before purchase to authenticate originality.
 

 

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