<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785

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1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe
Coachwork by Reutter

US$ 500,000 - 600,000
£ 410,000 - 490,000
1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 58295
Engine no. P90785

1,498cc DOHC Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Dual-throat Solex Carburetors
100bhp at 6,200 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Fuhrmann roller-bearing 4 Cam type 547/1 engine with 1500 miles since its rebuild by Billy Doyle
*Spare Porsche SC 1722cc engine with low miles and fully documented
*Owned by the current owner since 1975
*Original 644 transmission with rare Spyder "D" 2nd gear
*Documented with a COA, Kardex, and nearly 50 years of maintenance records


THE CARRERA GS 1500

Originally introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 356 Carrera was the first edition of Porsche's long-running prestige performance car, featuring a special race-bred engine in development since 1952. Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann was tasked with determining just how much power the classic Porsche flat-four motor could develop, and in this pursuit he made some fundamental engineering adjustments over the basic pushrod engine. These modifications included the addition of twin ignition, two twin-throat carburetors, and dry-sump lubrication. The most important development, however, was the implementation of dual overhead camshafts. With precision and reliability being the two main goals for an engine destined for competition, normal chain or belt driven timing was curbed and a complex system of shafts and bevel gears kept the valves moving instead. The intricacy of the system makes assembly a rather time intensive activity, but it proved worthwhile in the end.

The 550's originally fitted with this motor were true giant killers. The proven combination of light weight and supreme power proved to be immense advantage over the heavier, larger displacement opposition and allowed the nimble racers to carve up the competition all across Europe. Victories were scored at famous events such as the 1000km of Nürburgring and even the notorious Targa Florio. With many private owners of the 550 being able to drive to the tracks, compete, and then arrive home all in the same car, the reliability of the dual cam engine proved useful enough for road use.

Porsche factory staff arrived at a similar conclusion and began to test the engine as an alternative to the pushrod motor in their own personal cars. Eventually determining that the 356-based road car was the most opportune platform for the type 547/1 engine, Porsche used the Frankfurt show to debut the Carrera, which was named for the famously grueling Mexican road race at which Porsche had dominated the 2-liter class. From the factory, the full range of 356s body styles, Coupe, Cabriolet and the open Speedster, could be ordered as Carreras. However, only 225 of these Coupes were produced during the initial production run, making them a rare sight on the roads. The motor even allowed the 356 to further remain a competent racer on the track with many owners taking part in motorsport events in anything from near stock examples to fully specified race cars. Porsche would continue to produce the Carrera throughout the various generations of 356, eventually increasing the displacement all the way up to 2 liters.

The 4-cam motor is truly the star of the show on the legendary 356 Carrera models. Delivering an approximate 100 horsepower, it is a delight to wring out all the way to its 6,000 rpm redline. Porsche, seeking to deliver the most well-rounded car they could, also fitted wider tires, and with increased power and a well sorted chassis, the Carrera models make for unique and desirable Porsche driving experience.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Leaving Porsche's Zuffenhausen factory on January 15, 1957, this Reutter Coupe was initially finished in Silver Metallic (Reutter code 608); the original interior color is unknown. Fitted with sealed-beam headlamps and USA-market bumpers, the car was destined for America.

It is believed that the car has always remained in California since at least 1967 and possibly from new, where the current owner found it for sale through a classified ad in 1975 when he was 19 years old. The car's original four-cam engine had been lost, and replaced at some point by a modified Porsche Super 90 four. When discovered in 1975, the Carrera coupe had been painted a non-factory shade of plum, and had primer on the passenger-side front fender. The current owner fell in love with the car, and offered all of his savings to buy it.

He drove the car to college and back for three years, and then put it on blocks when he entered law school. Ten years later, he again turned his attention to the Porsche, launching a complete, nut-and-bolt restoration that would take two years to complete. The work was assigned to a restorer who was also a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

In 2010, the owner located a period-correct, 547/1 four-cam, 1,500cc engine on eBay. It had been sitting unused for 50 years in a bedroom while its previous owner sought to collect all the necessary parts to put it back together. The Carrera's current owner bought the engine, and entrusted its reassembly to four-cam guru Billy Doyle, widely recognized as one of the most gifted healers of Ernst Fuhrmann's notoriously complex engine. Doyle confirmed that the engine was a low-mileage example, with a Hirth roller-bearing crankshaft and number-matching camshaft drive gear sets and cylinder heads.

The owner shipped the Carrera from his home in California to Doyle's shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the rebuilt four-cam engine was installed. Doyle then taught the owner how to drive and maintain this special engine. The owner subsequently installed a custom Sebring exhaust system handmade by James Constas.

The rebuilding of the type 644 four-speed transaxle, which was original to the car, was entrusted to 356 authority Vic Skirmants, of 356 Enterprises. During the course of his work, Skirmants discovered that the gearbox had been built with a Spyder "D" second gear that would take the car to at least 55 mph.

In addition to the four cam engine, the Carrera comes with a freshly rebuilt, 1,722cc SC engine, which provides the new owner with the opportunity to preserve the four-cam for shows and spirited driving. The SC engine, too, is equipped with a Constas Sebring exhaust system. The Carrera comes with its Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, full maintenance records since the early 1970s, and a copy of the Kardex record for the car.

The hood, doors and rear deck lid are each stamped with the last two digits of the chassis number, indicating that they are all original to this car. The original numbers matching four cam engine was recently discovered in a Carrer GT in Southern California. Contact information will be provided to the cars new owner.

As the cars that launched the Porsche legend, all 356s are special. The Carrera four-cam is something else again, highly sought after by Porsche enthusiasts all around the world. This example, available for purchase for the first time in 44 years, represents a rare opportunity for ownership.
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<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
<b>1957 Porsche 356A Carrera 1500 GS Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 58295<br />Engine no. P90785
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