THIS 356 'pre-A'
This rare ‘Pre-A’ Porsche 356 Coupe is a charismatic and comprehensively rebuilt example of the marque’s iconic and sought-after early sports car, offered from long-term ownership, and recently fitted with a fully upgraded and rebuilt engine, body and mechanics.
Having recently undergone an extensive restoration - finished in Light Ivory with a black and red interior - this spectacular 'pre-A' example features a fully rebuilt and upgraded 1.6L engine. Close to 500 detailed images are available of this work. Barely driven since the completion of the restoration, this 356 is now being offered for sale in an like-new state.
On the outside, apart from the wonderful 'pre-A' curved windscreen (knickscheibe), we can see the lovely GT- like bumpers; a pair of period spotlights and the distinctive yellow headlights. The car has a lovely stance on its black 15 inch wheels shod with Avon tyres. Front and rear we can spot the yellow towing hooks. The brown leather straps are the finishing touch to this lovely car.
The cabin has been freshly upholstered and equipped with Speedster seats, Schroth racing harnesses, an FIA aproved roll cage, extinguisher, circuit braker and more,... The steering wheel and several buttons have a beautiful patina to them and look like they were never restored nor replaced.
Most importantly, engine and mechanics were completely redone and upgraded so it performs even better than it looks! Power comes from an engine with 912 crankcases, 83mm pistons, racing camshaft, modified cylinder heads, 40mm Solex carburators,... offering an incredible 129hp! This is transferred to the wheels using a lightweight flywheel installed on a upgraded 644 gearbox with 741 internals and limited-slip differential. To stop all this power, the bigger (and rare!) GT drum brakes are installed. Of course all this means the car now has 12V circuit.
As you can see this 356 means business as it was built with the famous Tour Auto in mind. Sadly, due to covid, the previous owner never had the chance to participate! The car comes with a USB stick detailing the extensive rotisserie restoration, old records, Kardex and the current Belgian registration document.
Presented in good condition, with effortlessly beautiful styling and a number of desirable ‘Outlaw’ / FIA rally-specification performance and cosmetic upgrades, it would make an impressive addition to any assembly of Stuttgart’s finest, and a stylish yet rewarding companion for classic road-rally and hillclimb events or spirited weekend drives.