1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005

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1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D
Registration no. 125 XUY Chassis no. 86005

Sold for £ 91,700 (US$ 123,314) inc. premium
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D
Coachwork by Drauz

Registration no. 125 XUY
Chassis no. 86005

Footnotes

  • Although Ferdinand Porsche had established his automotive design consultancy in the early 1930s, his name would not appear on a car until 1949. When it did, it graced one of the all-time great sports cars: the Porsche 356. Having commenced manufacture with a short run of aluminium-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupé at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then (from 1955) in its original factory at Zuffenhausen.
    The work of Ferry Porsche, the 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Regularly revised and updated, Porsche's landmark sports car would remain in production well into the 911 era, the final examples being built in 1965.
    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 of a batch of 15 special roadsters. The Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilised Convertible D, which differed principally by virtue of its larger windscreen and winding side windows. Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders, Convertible D production being undertaken by Drauz, of Heilbronn. By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, the car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15"-diameter wheels, and the newcomer's introduction brought with it further styling revisions and an engine now standardised at 1,600cc. Convertible D production later transferred to d'Ieteren, of Brussels.
    This very rare and highly sought-after Porsche 356 variant was previously owned in Germany by one Heinz Kauhsen and comes with Porsche letter confirming that chassis number '86005' was manufactured as a convertible for the United States market and equipped with the 55kW (75bhp) 1,571cc engine. Restored by Classic Racing Cars in 2003, the car was sold to the current vendor in 2004, registered on German plates and shipped to Ibiza where it remained garage stored for the next five years, covering fewer than 100 miles. In 2009 the Porsche was shipped from Ibiza to the UK where it was serviced by marque specialists Maxted-Page & Prill in November that same year at a cost of £1,300. It was then MoT'd and registered on UK plates, and has been in storage in London since 2010. Finished in silver with black leather interior, this stylish 356A soft-top is offered with old German registration papers, sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to November 2011 and Swansea V5C document.
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1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D  Chassis no. 86005
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