<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)

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Lot 177
1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter)

Sold for US$ 90,200 inc. premium
1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 151769
Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)

1,582cc OHV Air-cooled Horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder Engine
Dual Solex carburetors
60 bhp at 4,500 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Desirable US-spec 356A cabriolet
*Attractive Ruby Red over Red color scheme
*Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and factory Kardex included
*Supplied with a spare wheel and some tools


THE MODEL

The very first automobile built under Ferry Porsche's name was a one-off open roadster built in 1948. Although Porsche's first production cars were all coupes, Porsche's upscale customers would demand fresh air and comfort along with performance and good handling, so a new convertible model was offered alongside the coupe, beginning in 1952. The cabriolet had a fixed windshield frame, wind-up door glass, and a heavily-padded folding top, all features that would be dispensed with in the lighter and much less expensive Speedster that appeared in 1954. The cabriolet was Porsche's most luxurious body style, and no matter if it was equipped with a 60hp 1600 Normal, or "Damen" engine, or the more potent "Super", which boasted 75 horses, or even the exotic four-cam Carrera borrowed from Porsche's racing program, this weather-tight convertible proved to be a very comfortable and rapid over-the-road conveyance. Cabriolets were plush, well-equipped and expensive, and because of their price, relatively few were built each year. Porsche's adjoining Reutter coachwork plant produced only 447 cabriolets for model year 1959. The 356A design is highly coveted by enthusiasts because of its clean and simple curves, lower headlamps and bumpers; its rarity makes the cabriolet especially attractive.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This 356A Normal cabriolet is a US-specification model, per its Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, and was completed on March 14, 1959. Although the Kardex does not mention the delivering dealer or the name of the first owner, it is believed that this car was sold at and later maintained by Porsche's Paris agency, Sonauto, whose rarely-seen service recommendation plate is affixed to the tin in the engine compartment. Finished in 702 Ruby Red with a red leatherette interior and black canvas folding top, the car left the factory with US-spec sealed-beam headlights and bumper guards and shock absorbers, and a Ponto Stabil rear-view fender mirror. The lighting and bumper guards with their over-riders suggest that the car was sold to either a diplomat or a member of the US military station in France, who later brought this car back to the United States.

Little else is known of this car's history other than it has been fitted with a later (1961) Normal-series engine. The transaxle is original. The consignor acquired this car from Mr. John Lupica of Rocky River, Ohio in 2014. The car had been in Lupica's possession since 2002, and had reportedly undergone some earlier efforts at restoration. According to the consignor, Lupica found the car in badly deteriorated condition, and replaced the floor pans and longitudinals. The car was re-sprayed in its original color, but it appears that the seat coverings, dash pad, visors, and door panels are original. The carpeting is newer German tan square-weave material, and may have been replaced in recent years. The black canvas top is also recent, as are the black floor rubber mats. A close inspection by a marque expert revealed that the left front fender has a considerable amount of filler, and the doors are in need of re-skinning. The tail panel also shows evidence of past repairs, not uncommon for a car of this era.

Now indicating just over 94,000 miles at the time of cataloging, this car is supplied with its Kardex and CoA, a Blaupunkt green-dial multi-band radio, speakers and antenna, a full set of correctly-dated (2-59) chromed steel wheels which have just been restored, a spare tire, and a partial tool kit.

Here is a driver-quality Porsche 356 for the enthusiast looking for enjoyable top-down touring or other club-level activities, or could be the starting point for a full restoration.

Footnotes

  • Please note car is titled by the year 1957.
Contacts
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
<b>1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 151769<br />Engine no. 607327 (originally 73281)
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