Porsche 356A Convertible D
The American fascination with Porsches really took off after importer Max Hoffman brought 15 special roadsters to the US in 1954. These became known as Speedsters, and their bare bones construction (Hoffman was trying to make the price appealing) actually belied the fact that Porsche had been making cabriolets for some time.
The Speedster took off in the US with 4,044 being sold between 1954 and 1958, when the Reutter-bodied roadster was replaced by the more sophisticated Convertible D. This boasted a taller windshield, windup windows and a respectable top that fit better and provided much improved head room and visibility. Convertible D bodies were built by Drauz of Heilbronn.
The 356B was announced in 1959 and arrived with 15-inch wheels, heavier and taller bumpers and a revised slope to the hood. Headlights were moved up to the top of the fender, with amber parking lights below them and brake vents below the bumper. There were three stages of engine tune, ranging from 70 horsepower to 90 horsepower, as well as the 115-hp Carrera.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
75 hp, 1,582 cc air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine, twin carburetors, parallel trailing arms front suspension with laminated torsion bars, rear swing axles with transverse torsion bars, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel