Lot 315 - 1959 Porsche 356A Coupé
|Odometer reading||90,460 miles|
|Estimate||£52,000 - £58,000|
The Porsche 356 was the company's first production model. It was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engine rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop and convertible configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. The 356 was created by Ferdinand 'Ferry' Porsche (son of Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company). Like its cousin, the Volkswagen Beetle (which Ferdinand Porsche Senior had designed), the 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel drive car utilising unitised pan and body construction. It was common for owners to race the car as well as drive it on the street. Increasing success with its racing and road cars brought Porsche orders for over 10,000 cars in 1964 and by the time 356 production ended in 1965 approximately 76,000 had been produced.
On offer today is an extremely sound Porsche 356A coupé which has been in the USA for most of its life where it was restored about ten years ago when the engine was replaced with a 1600 Sport with single sport exhaust. It was exported to Italy about two years ago where it had a full service which included changing the timing belt, full retune and the suspension bushes replaced. Purchased and imported to the UK by the vendor at the beginning of this year where a new MoT test was carried out. Finished in maroon with black leather interior, this Porsche 356A has all EU Taxes paid and is supplied with a State of Arkansas title certificate, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in April 2015 and the original engine, stripped down waiting overhaul and reassembly. The Porsche 356 series are fast becoming one of the most sought after classic cars having impeccable road and racing history as well as eligible for any number of different events, a continuing excellent investment.
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