1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786

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Lot 47
Beautifully restored
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET

Sold for US$ 297,000 inc. premium
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 60771
Engine no. P*35786

1,488cc OHV air-cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex 32PBI Carburetors
55bhp at 4,400rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes


*One of only 228 Continental Cabriolets built
*One year only model
*Beautifully restored
*Accompanied by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
*Delivered new to the Pacific Northwest



THE PORSCHE 356 CONTINENTAL

The man responsible for introducing the spartan and sporty Speedster to the USA, New York-based importer Max Hoffman had begun his series of entry level Porsches with the 1500 America, a 'de-trimmed' 356 powered by the Normal (as opposed to Super) engine. For 1955 the 1500 America was superseded by the better equipped, though still Normal powered, Continental. According to Road & Track: "The Normal produced more torque than the Super below 3,000rpm, and in any given gear, from any given speed, could out-accelerate the more powerful car. In deference to its graciousness, German customers called the 1500 Normal "die Dame - the lady." The 'Continental' name however, was dropped after little more than a year after objections from Ford. Today the refined Continentals are among the rarest and most sought after of early 356s.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Leaving Porsche's Zuffenhausen factory on March 8, 1955, this car, as with all Continentals, was delivered new to the United States. Originally consigned to the Max Hoffman Company in New York City, on September 8, 1955 it was transferred to a Porsche dealer in Washington State and sold to a Washingtonian there.

While documentation is slim for the subsequent three decades, on December 4, 1986 the car was sold to Todd Curtis of Redmond, Washington. A young collector at the time, Mr. Curtis would keep the Continental for six and a half years before selling it to fellow Pacific Northwesterner Scott Johnston of Bend, Oregon on June 13, 1993. Retaining the car briefly, on November 5th the next year the Contiental was sold to Nicola Montevecchi of Rimini, Italy.

An Italian motoring enthusiast, Mr. Montevecchi began a decade long restoration shortly after taking delivery of the car in Italy. An involved and thorough job, upon the car's completion in 2005, it was issued a Classic Vehicle certificate by Automotoclub Storico Italy. Remaining in Italy for a further four years, the 356 returned to the United States in the summer of 2009 when it was purchased by the present owner. Immediately following his acquisition of this Continental, nearly $20,000 was spent topping and tailing the car including extensive detailing, paintwork, mechanical servicing, and fettling.

Originally finished in Silver Metallic over Green Leather, the interior color has been retained while the exterior is now painted a rich, elegant black. Losing its original engine at some point, it is presently fitted with a correct-type 1500 Normal mill.

Given the swift actions by Ford to quash Porsche's attempts at using the Continental moniker, precious few Continentals were made in either Coupe or Cabriolet form. Only 228 of the later made it in before the fender script was changed from 'Continental' to 'European'. Fully loaded from the start it was the first truly luxurious Porsche to be offered.

Showing very well, this lovely Bent-Window 356 Continental is the perfect drop top for touring, casual motoring and shows. With Rennsport Reunion V just around the corner, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a unique and special car seldom seen even at the biggest of Porsche meets.
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1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
1955 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CONTINENTAL CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 60771 Engine no. P*35786
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