1958 Porsche 356 CabrioletSOLD
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Estimate: $75,000-$85,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $77,000

95hp, 1,600cc air-cooled opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed synchromesh manual transmission, four- wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"

Dr. Ferdinand Porsche earned the respect of the automotive elite by engineering the superb Silver Arrows and Tiger tanks of wartime Germany. His antebellum efforts once again caught the world ’ s attention and steered Porsche AG into a promising new direction. Dr. Porsche had adapted his faith in rear-engine technology to his company ’ s first production sports car, the 356. Under the leadership of his son Ferry, the 356 enjoyed a successful production run from 1948 through 1965.

The design remained largely unchanged and was a testament to its timelessness. Despite its diminutive 1,600cc engine, it was frequently race-driven with considerable success, thanks to its superior handling abilities and great reliability. Particularly appealing to the American market was the Cabriolet. First introduced in 1949, it was an ideal combination of California top-down cruising and exotic Autobahn driving. Unlike the more affordable Speedster, however, the Cabriolet had a Cadillac-level price tag of $4,000.

The 356 presented here is an excellent example of such a Cabriolet and is understood to be in very good mechanical and physical condition. In 2005, it underwent a complete rotisserie restoration to period correct standards. The Meissen Blue steel body is tastefully accented with limited chrome trim, wheels, and a luggage rack. Equally eye-catching is the beige canvas top and red interior with matching dash pad and ivory-colored steering wheel and shift knob. The same level of craftsmanship extends through to the engine compartment where this 356 benefits from a 1959 Super motor installed in the early 1960s. The additional 15 horsepower make this little four-speed quite the performer. New brake cylinders, clutch, and master cylinder have replaced the rebuilt parts since restoration. Other notable features include a tool kit, driver ’ s manual, and Certificate of Authenticity. All in all this is a highly desirable driver with the pedigree and paperwork to match. As predecessor to the famed 911 and an icon of popular culture in its own right, the Porsche 356 is responsible for the American love affair with German engineering. The Cabriolet variant is certainly a wise acquisition for the driver in search of a sporty drive on a sunny day.

Reference Number 11631

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1958 Porsche 356 Cabriolet
VIN 150982 
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