1957 Porsche 356 A Sunroof CoupePrice Upon Request
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Reference Number 516770

as of 5/25/2018

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Autosport Designs Inc  Contact  Location
203 West Hills Road  Phone  (631) 425-1555  City  Huntington Station
Huntington Station, NY 11746  Fax  (631) 425-6185  State  New York
United States  Mobile    Country  United States United States
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Car 1957 Porsche 356 A Sunroof Coupe
Exterior / Interior Color Anthracite Metallic /      Red  
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

1957 PORSCHE 356A SUNROOF COUPE

--Anthracite Metallic with Red Leather Interior, Tan Square Weave Carpeting, showing 72,835 total miles from new, 1600cc flat four engine, 4-speed manual transmission, Rare Sunroof Coupe, Rudge Wheels (original not reproduction), Concours Restored, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

 

This 356A, #58697 was completed on February 4th, 1957 and shipped to the U.S., sold new by Precision Motor Cars in Beverly Hills, California. Its first owner, Mr. R. Lanthorne, kept meticulous records during his ownership, including the original Porsche Service Booklet, which is duly stamped with several Dealer Service records from 1957 onward. In addition, Mr. Lanthorne kept the original Dealer Order Sheet with options handwritten, and every California State Registration stub from 1957 to 1984, when ownership was transferred to Mr. G. Bartow of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Mr. Bartow kept likewise California Registration cards and a few service records from 1984 to1991.

 

58697 was then sold to well-known collector, Roland Hines, who contracted the car to 356 legend, Don Emory, for a comprehensive restoration. As a result, the body, paintwork, shut lines and stance of the car to this day are all exemplary – as is the interior, detailing and finishes throughout the entire car.

 

In 2005, the car was brokered by Paul Russell & Co. and sold to Mark Allen, of Mass., then a brief ownership change to Mark Reagan of NJ, and finally to its current devoted custodian since 2007.

 

During current ownership, the car has been exhaustively maintained and upgraded by some of the finest names in the 356 world. Rudge wheels exhaustively restored, brakes completely overhauled, interior refreshed and countless details addressed…the car has enjoyed a no expense spared throughout its existence.

 

In 2007, a 100+ hp powerplant project was envisioned in conjunction with 356 specialist, Bruce Baker, who was contracted to build a motor that would emulate that of 356 GS Carrera level performance. The completely balanced and blueprinted 9.5:1 compression ratio engine build included all period hot-rod hallmarks; 86mm forged pistons, magnafluxed and polished crank, balanced 356 C connecting rods, lightened flywheel, Elgin profile camshaft and fully polished Porsche 912 pushrods and valve gear. In addition, ported cylinder heads, lightweight clutch, Zenith 32mm carburetors and a custom oil cooler with a Billet aluminum sump plate and modified oiling system for full flow filtration.

 

During the engine build, there were several areas of additional detailing and improvements made under the expertise of Mr. Baker - the car was converted to 12 volt electrical, a 400mm Nardi GT wood steering wheel was adapted with a custom billet hub and turn signal canceller, as well as countless adjustments and careful detailing of interior and exterior appointments made while the car was with Baker Enterprises.

 

The original numbers matching complete running engine was properly serviced and prepared for long term storage, paletized and shrink wrapped – the original engine accompanies the sale.

 

In 2008, the car received a complete transaxle rebuild, including all bearings and synchros.

 

This 356 presents and drives to a superb standard today and will be sold with accompanying books, manuals, original restored jack and spare, the original matching numbers engine, along with an impressive binder of receipts and records through various ownerships dating back to 1957.

 

Absolutely superb throughout, this 1957 356A is eligible for countless Rallies and Concours events including the famed Mille Miglia Retrospective - it represents the finest of 356 offerings and is ready for immediate use.