Founded on a commitment to precision engineering and crafting excellence, the Porsche brand has advanced through decade after decade of technological excellence, introducing new generations of enthusiasts into the world of performance sports cars.
With an abundance of leading-edge technology, the humble and beautifully conceived Porsche 356 has become a renewed beacon of mid-century simplicity, growing favor among astute collectors who enjoy the unique driving dynamics of these agile performers.
And while many important sports cars have propelled Porsche to new heights, the 356 set the contemporary standard for production excellence as a global brand.
For more than half a century, enthusiasts and collectors have continuously sought after the iconic and agile Porsche 356.
And while many cars have propelled Porsche to new heights, the 356 set a standard, launching the marque into world production. Porsche began the venerable 356 series as their first foray into sports car production.
With much of their success in racing, the world would soon see that Porsche was a sports car company to be reckoned with.
Upon its release, the 356A became one of the most sought after Porsches, exhibiting the finest craftsmanship and engineering, particularly in these early cars.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This 1956 Porsche 356 A T1 Convertible with s/n. 61497, Engine no. 63931 represents a unique development of the legendary Speedster.
According to the documentation accompanying this Porsche 356 A T1 Cabriolet, the car was produced at the end of December 1956. Almost immediately afterwards, in January 1957, the car was exported to America.
The car was delivered to renowned Porsche dealer Max Hoffman.
Hoffman greatly admired Porsche, and is himself credited with various key moments in the marque’s rapid rise, including the creation of the iconic 356 Speedster and the introduction of the Porsche crest.
The car remained in the USA and was later sold to a customer in Germany. It received a thorough restoration and was later sold to Belgium.
According to Kardex, the 356 has been properly restored in its original colour combination; Sahara Beige with red leather interior.
The delivery document to Max Hoffman in New York shows that the chassis number and engine number are original and matching.
Also the plate parts like boot lid and bonnet are original and contain the last three digits of the chassis number. The spare wheel is also original.
This has to be the most beautiful 356 we have ever had in our stock. The Sahara Beige paint looks absolutely flawless.
The paint shows absolutely no imperfections. There are no damages visible. It is obvious that the car has not been used very often after its restoration.
Also the bodywork of the Porsche is in a very good condition with very nice shut lines and panel gaps all around the car.
All the window chrome trims and bumper trims are very nice and show no minor scratching or haze.
The original chrome hubcaps are completely free of damage.
The remainder of the chrome (light surrounds, door handles, side mirror etc.) is excellent.
Other parts such as the glasses, rubbers and lenses are all in impressively nice condition.
The interior of the Porsche is in equally impressive condition.
The red leather seats are in a beautiful condition even as the carpets.
The wooden Nardi steering wheel does not show any damage and the wood still looks like new.
Everything in the interior is completely original and in perfect condition.
When the key is turned in the ignition, the car starts exactly as it did in 1956.
Without any resistance whatsoever, the 4-cylinder developed by Reutter comes to life.
The handling of the car is impressive. The steering is direct and the car gives a lot of fun to drive.
The gearbox has smooth operation and good syncromesh with just the right “feel” to the shift linkage.
The brakes are typical of the drum type of this era, offering good pedal pressure and stopping power, but requiring more attentive driving in modern traffic.
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