Porsche 356A Cabriolet

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.

The 356A first appeared in North America in 1956 and was offered with three different engines, one of which was the new 1,582 cc overhead-valve unit that replaced the old 1,500 cc engine. Bodies were supplied by Reutter in Stuttgart and were fitted with a new one-piece windscreen, twin horn grilles below the headlamps, and a rub rail along the rocker panel. Further changes took place in 1958 with the now twin Zenith carbureted 1,600 cc engine reverting back to standard bearings and cast-iron cylinders.

Particularly appealing to the American market was the Cabriolet. 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.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

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

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

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