<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>

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1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D

Sold for US$ 148,500 inc. premium
1958 PORSCHE 356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D
Coachwork by Drauz

Chassis no. 85724
Engine no. 82926

1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Weber Carburetors
75bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
Front Disc – Rear Drum Brakes

*Beautiful example of the rare 356 Convertible D
*Retains matching numbers engine
*In current ownership for the past 25 years
*Offered with Porsche COA, jack and history file



The 356 Convertible D

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 greatest sports car: the Porsche 356. Having commenced manufacture with a short run of aluminum-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupé at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in a premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then, from 1955 onwards, 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 a rear-mounted air-cooled engine and an 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. It was introduced in 1954, following the successful reception in the USA of a batch of 15 special roadsters. With its sales declining, however, the Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilized Convertible D. The Convertible D differed principally by virtue of its larger windscreen and winding side windows, the latter replacing the Speedster's side screens. Overall, the new car was 3½ inches taller. All in all, the 356A Convertible D was a somewhat more practical car than the Speedster, boasting a more protective windscreen, proper side windows and more comfortable seats while retaining the original's beautiful body lines and downward sloping waistline beloved of Type 356 enthusiasts.

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. The Convertible D production was undertaken by Drauz of Heilbronn (hence the 'D' suffix) until the restyled Porsche 356B arrived in September 1959, when convertible production transferred to d'Ieteren of Brussels. The 356A Convertible D model remains one of the rarest of Porsche 356 models, with only 1,331 made between August 1958 and September 1959. It is ironic that the 356 models which were the least expensive 'back in the day – the Roadster, Speedster and Convertible D – are now some of the costliest.


The Motorcar Offered

This striking 356 first emerged from Porsche's facility on November 14th, 1958, sporting the same 1600 Super engine that it runs today. Destined for the United States, this vibrant Ruby Red convertible was fitted with US bumpers and sealed beam headlights, along with a luggage rack and chrome rims, as stated on the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies this 356.

Twenty-five years ago, this lovely convertible was acquired by the consignor through Kieser Motors in San Jose, California. The Drauz bodywork that originally bore Ruby Red paint was finished in a tired dark blue, so the owner commissioned a cosmetic restoration of the newly acquired Porsche in 1992. The body was repainted in its original Ruby Red, a new convertible top was fitted, and some elements of the interior were reupholstered. Since 2000, this rare Convertible D has been maintained by Porsche 356 expert Jack Staggs in San Clemente, California, including major services in 2001 and 2016. To increase safety and driver confidence, the braking system is now a dual circuit system with front disc brakes, however the original master cylinder and front drums accompany the car should the next owner choose to restore it to its original configuration.

According to the service history that dates back to 1987, the original transmission was replaced in 1989 and prior to 1987 the original Solex carburetors were replaced with Weber units. Accompanying this rare 356 are a maintenance file from 1987 to the present, photo documentation of its 1992 restoration, its original jack and the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled 356A1600S85724.
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<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
<B>1958 PORSCHE  356A 1600 SUPER CONVERTIBLE D</b>
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