Porsche 356 Pre A 1500 Speedster

In Auction

€ 370,000.-

Car-ID: XT0263
Model, Body type:
Convertible
Registration:
1955
Engine Power:
1,488 CCM (40 KW / 55 BHP)
Transmission:
Manual transmission
Color:
Red
Doors:
2
Mileage:
12,065 km

Vehicle Description

– Porsche 356 Pre A 1500 Speedster
– Reutter body, no. 166 from 200 units built in 1954
– delivered new to the Hofmann dealership in New York, USA
– at some point in the past restored and re-painted, exact dates unknown
– re-imported to Germany in 1995, but only registered in 2004
– engine number matching
– original speedster sports seats
– wooden Nardi steering wheel
– complete with side screens, black soft top and tarpaulin
– chromed steel wheels with hubcaps
– extremely rare, beautiful and well-preserved early 356 Speedster


Ferry Porsche once said in an interview that the principle he created the 356 on was his realisation that “if you had enough power in a small car it is nicer to drive […] and it is more fun.”
The first prototypes were manufactured as early as 1948 at Gmünd, Austria. As of 1950, the 356 was built at Porsche’s new Zuffenhausen plant. What started out as a lighter, more elegant and more powerful version of the VW beetle – with which it shared not only the basic concept and layout, but initially no small number of parts – over time became the sports car icon of the 1950s. The 356 was built in four series: The original 356 (until 1955) can be distinguished by its divided or, later, V-shaped windscreen. It came with 4 different engine variations: 1.1 l, 1.3 l and later two versions with 1.5 litres of capacity. The 356 A (1955 – 1959) had an arched one-piece windscreen and introduced the famous 1,600 cc flat four. The 356 B (1959 – 1963) brought a facelift and slightly larger proportions, as well as further power increases. For the 356 C (1963 – 1965), the changes were not so much of an visual, but technical nature: All-wheel disc brakes were introduced. All in all, a total of 76,313 units were built; as coupé, convertible and Speedster. About half of them are said to have survived, as the 356 never lost its popularity and gained status as a classic at an early stage.

Vehicle Overview

Interior Features

  • Black
  • Leatherette

Exterior Features

  • Red

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