Lot 250 - 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D Speedster 1600 Super
|Odometer reading||191 miles|
|Estimate||£115,000 - £130,000|
|Result||Sold - £100,000|
In late 1955, with numerous small but significant changes, the Porsche 356A was introduced. Its internal factory designation, 'Type 1', gave rise to its nickname T1 among enthusiasts. In early 1957 a second revision of the 356A was produced, known as Type 2 (or T2). Production of the Speedster peaked at 1,171 cars in 1957. The four-cam 'Carrera' engine first became an available option with the 356A. The Porsche 356A Convertible D model is arguably the rarest 'production' Porsche 356 ever made and only manufactured for one year (Carreras being special order cars that were not made in groups on the assembly line and the T6 'twin grille' Roadster was produced for only a few months). Only 1,331 Convertible Ds were built between August 1958 and September 1959. By 1958, the Speedster model was four years old and sales were declining. Porsche realised that significant improvements were necessary to attract buyers but that there was certainly a market for a 'weekend racer' with a removable windshield. The Porsche 356A Convertible D was the solution (though a modern marketing department would have picked a racier name!). Because overall, Porsche sales were growing at a steady pace and the Reutter coachworks was straining to keep up with the demand, Porsche contracted with the Drauz company in Heilbronn to manufacture bodies for the Convertible D (the 'D' stood for Karosseriewerke Drauz KG).
Delivered in April 1959, this is one of the last 356A Convertible D to ever be made and, according to the register, only a further seventeen cars were built after this one. It was purchased by the vendor in Oklahoma, USA where it had spent its whole life. Recently completely restored to the highest of standards where everything is either new or has been rebuilt. On arrival in the UK, the car went to PR Services in Essex and was fully checked through. They also converted the electrical system to twelve volts. This 356 has only covered 200 miles since the restoration. Finished in ruby red with a new tan leather interior and matching roof, it is UK registered and is supplied with a V5C registration document and some paperwork from its time in the US. The owner states that it is very difficult to find any faults with this car and it is ready to drive and enjoy. To anybody who knows anything about Porsche 356's, the convertible 'D' is the best concept of the whole range, Speedster looks but with a convertible roof and wind up windows, so you can actually use the car if it rains.