1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869
Lot 203
1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car
Sold for £50,600 (US$ 67,602) inc. premium

Lot Details
1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869 1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car  Chassis no. 100869
1957 Porsche 356A 1.7-Litre Rally Car
Registration no. FSJ 451
Chassis no. 100869
*Purchased in the USA
*Prepared for historic rallying
*Four-time Carrera Panamericana competitor
*Extensively campaigned
*Engine and transmission rebuilt 3,000 miles ago

Footnotes

  • The work of Ferry Porsche, and one of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, Ferdinand, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and torsion bar all-independent suspension. 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. In 1951, a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe.

    The first phase of development saw the 356's engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 litres, the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its rounded windscreen and 15" - down from 16" - wheels. At the same time, a 1,600cc engine replaced the old 1.5-litre unit and would be standardised on the successor 356B model. In production until 1965, the 356 is where the Porsche legend began and good examples have long been prized by collectors.

    Although Porsche did not make a serious works effort in international rallying until the arrival of the 911, the 356 in private hands proved very competitive, being strongly constructed, light in weight and adequately powerful, especially in four-cam Carrera form. Early successes included private entrants Helmut Polesnky and Walter Schluter's victory in the 1952 Liège-Rome-Liège Rally, and the same duo's European Touring Championship the following year. And as late as 1961 the 356 proved good enough to bring works-assisted privateer Hans Walter the European Rally Championship. Today these versatile Porsche 356 GTs are among the most competitive cars in their class in historic circuit racing and rallying.

    This Porsche 356A coupé has been in the present ownership since its purchase in Florida in 1989 (copy of Florida Certificate of Title on file). Stripped and rally-prepared for the Carrera Panamericana, it has competed in that most gruelling event on four occasions: 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993.

    In 1996, Porsche and owners moved to London, and the car was registered in the UK the following year. Since then, it has competed in the Killarny Historics, Rally of the Lakes, Circuit of Ireland, Bulldog Rally in Wales, Rally du Maroc Classic (winner in 2000), and the World Cup Rally (London-Athens) in 2002, winning the latter event's Classic Car Division. Unused since then, the Porsche has nevertheless been driven regularly and maintained in 'retirement', sharing a stable with a Marathon Rally Ford Mustang that is still campaigned across the world.

    The car was most recently restored in 2006 (bills on file), and we are advised by the private vendors that only some 3,000 miles have been covered since the engine and (356B) transmission were totally rebuilt by Andy Prill. The engine has been built up on new casings and upgraded with a 1,720cc big-bore kit, Dell'Orto carburettors and air filters, and an electronic ignition distributor. There is a dynamometer sheet in the history file recording a maximum output of 124.5bhp at the flywheel (circa 105bhp at the wheels).

    Other upgrades include 12-volt electrics with alternator, new hi-torque starter and rally wiring harness, Porsche 356C disc brakes with Ferodo DS3000 pads, Marathon long-range fuel tank, Webasto heating system, up-rated wiper motor, plastic side windows, under-body guards front and rear, and additional rally driving lights. The interior has been stripped for competition and the dashboard modified appropriately with full roll cage, safety harnesses, fire extinguisher and heated Rennsport Nurburgring N12R leatherette/basketweave seats. All wheels are shod with Avon CR6ZZ 185/70/15 tyres, and there are two spares: one stowed in the front, the other inside the car.

    A potentially most competitive drive in the right hands, this extensively campaigned Porsche 356A comes with MSA Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form (issued 25.02.1998 for 'Historic Class 3'), MSA Competition Car Logbook for rallies (issued 16.10.1998) and UK V5C Registration Document.
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