<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728

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Lot 47
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET

Sold for US$ 225,500 inc. premium
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 60157
Engine no. P87728

1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Carburetors
Approximately 75bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*One of just 394 Pre-A Cabriolets built in 1953
*Clean and timeless design finished in the original livery
*Upgraded power with 356 1600 Super engine
*Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, copy of Kardex and tools



THE PORSCHE 356

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 aluminum-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupés at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in a location 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. Like the immortal 'Beetle', the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine and torsion bar all-independent suspension, yet somehow contrived to offer a level of performance that belied the basic layout's humble origins. 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.

In 1951, an aluminum-bodied works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and 20th overall, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe. Constant development saw the 356's engine progressively enlarge, with 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter units first becoming available in 1951. In 1952 the original split windscreen was replaced by a one-piece, and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox was adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the revised 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15" (down from 16") wheels.

Cabriolets had been manufactured right from the start of 356 production, but Porsche went on to make a significant impact with the Speedster, which was introduced in 1954 following the successful reception in the US of a batch of fifteen special roadsters. Porsche sub-contracted Cabriolet body manufacture to a number of different coachbuilders, Reutter undertaking the bulk of production with significant contributions from Karmann of Osnabrück, Drauz of Heilbronn, and d'Ieteren of Brussels.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

In accordance with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this charming 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet was completed on June 23rd, 1953. The car was originally ordered in Fashion Grey, paint code C531B with a red leather interior and comfort seats, and optioned as a USA deluxe model. It was one of just 394 Cabriolets built in 1953.

The copy of the car's original build sheet (better known as the Kardex) reads that the new Porsche had been ordered by a company called Cattaneo in California, but also logs a 700-mile service as being performed in September of 1953, presumably at a Porsche dealership located in Paris, France. One could assume that the first owner of the car took delivery in Europe and used it there before shipping it stateside.

In July 1990, the car appeared for sale on the 356 Registry out of Atherton, California. At the time of the listing, the car was still in its correct colors, but the original 1500cc engine was replaced by a later unit. The car was in comedian Bill Cosby's collection at some point.

Today, this rare Pre-A Cabriolet presents beautifully inside and out, and it is apparent that a comprehensive restoration has been performed on the car. The exterior paint is nice and glossy, and the wheels are color-coded to match. Fit and finish is very good throughout. The brightwork and trim has also been restored, and presents very well. The interior is adorned in beautiful red upholstery, and is topped off with a beautiful, dash-mounted, correct radio and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. The compartments have been refurbished, and display correct satin-finish black paint and correct decals and emblems. A black cloth soft top is fitted. The car runs what appears to be a 1960 model year 356 1600 Super engine, an upgrade that would have added over 30% to the car's initial horsepower rating. The Cabriolet is offered with a tool set, the Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the original build record.

These early Pre-A Porsches are very scarce today, as few cars were ever built in the first place. They feature an incredibly clean and uncluttered design, from the low body-colored bumpers to the elegant beehive tail lights. This fine example looks much like it did when it left the Porsche Works in 1953, and would be equally at home on twisty backroads or on a concours lawn.

Footnotes

  • Please note car is titled 1954

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<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
<b>1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET</b><br />Chassis no. 60157<br />Engine no. P87728
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