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Coachwork by Drauz
While the elemental 356 Speedster offered excellent performance and brought the many joys of Porsche ownership within reach of a broader market, particularly in America, its limited amenities and thin profit margin spurred the summer 1958 release of the 356 A Convertible D. In essence a second-generation Speedster offering a quantum leap in passenger comfort, the Convertible D included a taller windscreen allowing greater headroom with the top up, roll-up glass side windows, improved seating, and a host of detail refinements in Porsche’s typical fashion. Just 1,332 Convertible Ds were built, all constructed for Porsche by Drauz Karosseriewerke from August 1958 to September 1959.
Accompanied by an owner’s manual and a copy of its Kardex production record, this 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D, no. 86351, is an original example with US specifications. Following production, 86351 was shipped to the US via Max Hoffman of New York. As offered, 86351 continues to benefit handsomely from restoration, finished in its factory-specified Ruby Red paint and black upholstery, complemented very nicely by a black convertible top, tan German square-weave carpeting, and proper unscripted hubcaps. Additionally, the famous “Flat-4” engine and the engine compartment housing it are particularly well detailed and attractive. Owning a Porsche 356 is a mandatory experience for every serious classic sports car enthusiast, and there is quite likely no better way than with this excellent and rare one-year-only 356 A Convertible D.