1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D

HIGHLIGHTS

Vin #:85833

Engine Type: 820852 1600 SC Type 616/16

Transmission Number: 23252 644 (Still present in the car)

Exterior Paint Code: Silver Metallic 5706
Interior Material Color: Red Leatherette

 

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DETAILS AND STORY

Optional Equipment:
Sealed Beam Headlights
USA Bumpers

By 1958 the Speedster model was four years old and sales were declining. Porsche realized that significant improvements were necessary to attract buyers, but that there was certainly a market for a “weekend racer” with a removable windshield. The Porsche 356A Convertible D was the solution.
The Convertible D was a more practical car than the Speedster: a larger windshield, real side windows, and more comfortable seats, while retaining the beautiful body lines and downward sloping beltline that now attracts so many 356 enthusiasts.
Only 1,331 Convertible D’s were made between August 1958 and September 1959. The Porsche 356A Convertible D model is arguably the rarest “production” Porsche 356 model ever manufactured for a full year.
This Covertible D has been under the same ownership since 1999. It retains it’s original transmission (23252) but now has a later model 356 SC motor installed in it. The SC motor providing more performance with 95hp over the stock 60hp of the stock engine type 616/1. With 5.5 wheels, this Convertible D is a fun driving and charismatic period 356 outlaw. The original bumpers come with it and you will be hard pressed to find a better price point example on the market.

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