1951 Porsche 356 "pre-A"440.000-520.000 EUR - Estimate

Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300

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German title
Chassis n° 11101
Engine n° P21832

- Immaculate presentation
- Rare and interesting model
- Attractive colours

Reference Number 513049

as of 1/17/2018

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Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1951 Porsche 356 "pre-A"
VIN 11101 
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Known History

According to the "Kardex" build sheet, this car left the factory at the end of 1951. It was one of the first of its type (the model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949), and still had the split-windscreen and the integrated bodybumpers. It was delivered new in Germany to a US soldier, who took the car back to California when his military service came to an end. The "Kardex" specified that the engine was number 20774, a 1300 type 506 model. It is now equipped with an engine - also in two pieces - 1300 A 506/1 type, more reliable version which was fitted on the 356 - 1300 from 1954 on. In order to improve its performance, it has been upgraded to the 1500 55hp aluminium barrels and pistons without any discernible visual differences.

 

Restored by a specialist, the car returned to Germany in 1994, and several years later, its current owner was attracted by its authenticity and the restoration's quality which, although ancient, had been carried out by a competent person. Since this refurbishment, the car had been well maintained.

The new owner had the car mechanically fully overhauled in his own German workshop specialised in 356 cars, and corrected several details that weren't original. He also had the car repainted as it had become a little faded over time. Using his 356 coupé regularly, he replaced the original non synchro gearbox (" crashbox " ) by an " oval window " VW Beetle gearbox, which had nearly the same external appearance but was synchronised from the 2nd gear on. The original part, complete and well preserved will also be supplied with the car.

In its original metallic Fishsilvergrey with red interior (correct for 1951), this car in good condition exudes authenticity. It is presented impeccably without looking over-restored, and it runs to the full potential of this pioneering model. It comes with five new tyres in 16''. Lightweight, with a stunning shape created by avant-garde stylist Erwin Komenda, the 356, designed to be robust and high-quality, was one of Ferdinand Porsche's great successes. It was the first in a long line of fabulous cars that are appreciated more than ever today.