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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Porsche Convertible 356A

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Porsche Convertible 356A

 Looks dear-but it's the thinking man's alternative to a speedster.

    Just Over 1000 356A convertible D model were made in 1958 and 59. It replaced the almost legendary speedster before it was itself replaced later in 1959 by the 356B Roadster. This one is genuine Super, with its original 1582cc 75bhp engine. It may not have the Speedster's super low roof and windscreen line but it's lower and neater than the standard cabriolet yet boasts proper wind-up windows.
     The car is a fresh UK restoration- the Adria Blue paint is lovely and is finished to a very high standard, with a uniformly crisp look. The panels are beautifully straight and the consistent gaps would surely satisfy a craftsman from Karosseriewerke Drauz, the 'D' in the car's name. The wheels should be a flat colour with chrome hubcaps, as the vendor points out. There are other small points to catch a 365-obsessive eye-chrome on the oil filler and the gear lever where there should be none-but the only obvious change is the retrim in grey leather. This probably would have been an option, but only for the seats, leaving door cards and hood bag in vinyl.

Porsche Convertible 356A
    Everything is now leather and this car has the optional reclining seats, which are very well trimmed. The hood is new, but details around the frame and header rail could be smarter. The bright work is mostly related or renewed but that which is not screen trim air vent trim is slightly marked.
    The car starts obediently despite a speedy 6V starter motor. This 356 is pleasantly easy to drive with well-spaced pedals potent brakes pulling to the left when we tried it and a willing push from the engine. The light, play-free steering is a delight and shows how good a worm and peg steering box can be, while the gear change feels almost gateless but each ratio slips silently home.
Over bumps and round corners the hole car feels light and stiff. Its high geared enough to make quik cross-country progress without effort. Neither speedo nor rev-counter was working on test and the preak pedal appeared to be lighting both rear indicators. There was a slight oil drip from the front of engine.

   There is a history file containing much photographic details of the restoration. If you prefer to enjoy the Speedster experience form comfortable seats, behind a windows, this is the one for you.



  •  Porsche's first production car was built in Gmund, Austria from 1948 to 1950.
  •  Porsche 356A launched in September 1954, the speedster was a lightweight roadster  Created for the American market with a low-cut windscreen and no wind-up windows.
  • 356A arrived in 1955 with a restyled body and a curved screen, plus a new 1.6-litre engine offering 60bhp- or 75bhp in SUPER tune.
  • The 356A 1955-1959 used a gear-driven four-cam-set-up that resulted in 100bhp from the 1.5, 115bhp from 1.6. This model was extremely fragile, extremely fast and extremely expensive.

Specification:

Engine : 1582cc
Power  : 75bhp @ 5000rpm
Top Speed : 98mph

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