1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLETIn accordance with the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this charming 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet was completed on June 23rd, 1953. The car was originally ordered in Fashion Grey, paint code C531B with a red leather interior and comfort seats, and optioned as a USA deluxe model. It was one of just 394 Cabriolets built in 1953. The original 1500cc engine has been replaced with a later unit that appears to be a 1960 model year 1600 Super engine, an upgrade that would have added over 30% to the cars initial horsepower rating. The Kardex reads that the new Porsche had been ordered by a company called Cattaneo in California, but also logs a 700-mile service as being performed in September of 1953, presumably at a Porsche dealership located in Paris, France. One could assume that the first owner of the car took delivery in Europe and used it there before shipping it stateside. In July 1990, the car appeared for sale on the 356 Registry out of Atherton, California. At the time of the listing, the car was still in its correct colors. The car was in comedian Bill Cosbys collection at some point. Today, this rare Pre-A Cabriolet presents beautifully inside and out, and it is apparent that a comprehensive restoration has been performed on the car. The exterior paint is nice and glossy, and the wheels are color-coded to match. Fit and finish is very good throughout. The brightwork and trim has also been restored, and presents very well. The interior is adorned in beautiful red upholstery, and is topped off with a beautiful, dash-mounted, correct radio and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. The compartments have been refurbished, and display correct satin-finish black paint and correct decals and emblems. A black cloth soft top is fitted. The Cabriolet is offered with a tool set, the Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the original build record.These early Pre-A Porsches are very scarce today, as few cars were ever built in the first place. They feature an incredibly clean and uncluttered design, from the low body-colored bumpers to the elegant beehive tail lights. This fine example looks much like it did when it left the Porsche Works in 1953, and would be equally at home on twisty backroads or on a concours lawn.Chassis no. 60157 Engine no. P87728Coachwork by ReutterOne of just 394 Pre-A Cabriolets built in 1953Clean and timeless design finished in the original liveryUpgraded power with 356 1600 Super engineOffered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, copy of Kardex and toolsPrice: $267,500
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Bent-Window Coupe VIN 50813 Completed July 12, 1953, and delivered to Hoffman Motors The original owner first purchased in San Diego, California. In the late 1950s, it was passed on to his son. Over the years Pre-A passed through several owners in the Southern California area. The current owner took possession in 2010, the 356 was partially disassembled for a restoration that was never finished. In 2015 a full nut and bolt, ground-up restoration was started, the body was stripped to bare metal. Everything was metal finished to perfection. All matching decks and doors. The paint was finished in period correct color combination Adria Blue (509) with Gray interior and corduroy inserts and was done by Jim Gordon Auto Restorations in Paramount, California. The gauges were beautifully restored by Palo Alto Speedometer. The matching 1500cc engine was rebuilt by Glenn Roberts in San Diego, California. All the mechanical was completely rebuilt to concour condition with no expense spared. Authenticity and attention to detail paid off. The 1953 Pre-A Coupe was recognized at the 63rd Annual Porsche Club of America Porsche Parade (July 2018) held in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri where it was recognized as a Concours Restoration Group Award Winner (formerly known as the Manhattan Trophy) - 1st in Class Restored Category (scoring 299.8 out of 300 total points) & won the Gmund Achievement Award for cars scoring 298-300 points! August 21, 2018, shown at CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA CONCOURS ON THE AVENUE - 1st in Class August 24, 2018, shown at Porsche Club of Americas Werks Reunion - 1st in Class Complete with original tool kit, owners manuals, spare parts, and complete documentation of the restoration. An extremely unique opportunity to own one of the best Porsche Pre-a Coupes. Specification: 55 bhp, 1,488 cc Type 546 OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with two Solex downdraft carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front, and rear suspension, with parallel trailing arms and a transverse laminated torsion bar in the front and swing axles with transverse torsion bars in the rear, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,100 mm History Simple, clean, elegant, and understated: that would describe the aerodynamic little Porsche 356 Coupe of the early to mid-1950s. While still utilizing some parts and design concepts originally created for the humble Volkswagen Beetle, by 1953 the 356 was showing clear signs of the steady development and evolution demanded by Porsches designers and engineers. The new model was undergoing almost constant improvement as the factory strove to simplify the manufacturing process for these largely hand-built automobiles.