Lot 42

2014   |   Amelia Island Auction 2014

1958 Porsche 356 A Coupe

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $159,500


$100,000 - $130,000| Without Reserve




69969 Transaxle No. 20162

Car Highlights

Matching-Numbers Engine, Transaxle, and Body Panels
Restored by Marque Experts
Finished in Original Glasurit Silver Metallic (5706)
Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Multiple Porsche Club Awards
Sensational Early Reutter Coachwork
A Highly Regarded, California “Black Plate” 356

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Type 616/1 Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Zenith 32 NDIX Carburetors
60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed All-Synchromesh Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Trailing Arms and Telescopic Shock Absorbers
Swing-Axle Rear Suspension with Torsion Bars and Telescopic Shock Absorbers
Register to Bid

This beautifully restored 356 A is one of fewer than 3,700 coupes built in 1958, and it testifies wonderfully to the T-2 body style’s subtle evolution of the classic bathtub design. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car is a desirable matching-numbers example that retains its original factory-issued Type 616/1 engine and transaxle.

Equipped as a US-specification car with sealed beam headlights, this Porsche was likely first sold to an owner based on the West Coast, as by the late 1960s the car was owned by Lawrence Nadsady of North Hollywood, California, which is demonstrated by period registration cards. Reportedly placed in storage in 1971 for a period of almost 40 years, the well-preserved 356 A was the subject of a comprehensive restoration, conducted by renowned Porsche metal expert Angelo Pino (a.k.a., The Speedster King) of Pasadena, beginning in 2001.

Mr. Pino disassembled the car and stripped the exterior to bare metal, using his considerable expertise to hand pound out any minor imperfections in the bodywork, which retains all of its original panels, complete with matching chassis-number stamps. Following the precise smoothing of the metal, a Silver Metallic (5706) finish in correct Glasurit enamel was carefully applied.

The engine and transaxle were rebuilt with new bearings and NOS Mahle 1600 pistons and cylinders, as well as an original “normal” camshaft, and later 356 B ring carriers and synchromesh. The crank and flywheel were then balanced for smooth combustion, while the brakes, suspension, and clutch were each properly rebuilt.

Cosmetically, Auto’s International was retained to reupholster the interior in black leather. The fuel tank was completely refinished, and particular effort was undertaken to refurbish detail items like the dashboard Bakelite knobs, which were finished in the correct ivory white.

Completing initial restoration around 2004, the 356 was exhibited at the 2005 annual Porsche Parade, where it won a Third Place award. Acquired by the consignor in 2009, the car was treated to some further detailing by Brian Doherty of Fallbrook, focusing on minor imperfections to achieve 100-point quality. This extra effort was rewarded with two consecutive First Place-overall prizes at the Gold Coast PCA Concours d’Elegance, and First Prize and People’s Choice Award at the Miami Mandarin Oriental PCA Concours.

Authentically appointed with rare items like a Kienzle dash clock and a Hirsch red-tipped antenna, this award-winning Porsche retains its original tool kit as well as the proper Bilstein jack, original keys, and a Porsche OEM felt-lined dust cover. Although the car is equipped with five beautiful Brazilian chrome wheels and fitted with the correct Michelin XZX tires, the original Lemmerz wheels dated 10/58 are included with the sale. Additionally, this 356 is documented by the original manuals, service and maintenance handbooks, original brochures, and sales literature, as well extensive restoration photos. Such a finely restored numbers-matching 356 A will be welcomed at Porsche club events and vintage rallies, where its timeless early design will no doubt enthrall enthusiasts.