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Lot 174

2017   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2017

1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D

Coachwork by Drauz

SOLD $214,500

Estimate

$180,000 - $220,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

86018

Engine

73146

Car Highlights

Rare, One-Year-Only Production Version of the 356
Superb Recent Restoration
Less than 57,000 Miles and Only a Few Since Restoration
Matching Numbers as Documented by Porsche COA
Just One Owner Since the Early 1980s

Technical Specs

1,582 CC OHV Type 616/1 Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Zenith Carburetors
60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Torsion Bars
Independent Rear Swing-Axle Suspension with Torsion Bars

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that in the recent restoration Kurt Hipke rebuilt the engine, while other experienced Porsche specialists rebuilt the other mechanicals. Please also note that stampings of the numeral 18 (the last two digits of the chassis number) were found on the windshield and top frames, in addition to on each body panel as stated in the catalogue.

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The 356 A Convertible D combined the Speedster’s low-slung body and chassis with a taller windshield, roll-up glass side windows, and a tidier fit for its convertible top. Produced for just one year, the Convertible D is among the rarest 356 models made, with just 1,331 units built in 1958–1959.

This striking Convertible D was purchased by the consignor in the early 1980s as a solid, matching-numbers 56,291-mile example. The consignor then stored the car for nearly 30 years before embarking on a ground-up, concours-level restoration that was recently finished. Body and paint were completed in the Porsche’s original shade of Ivory by Rapid Line Industries, while the engine and other mechanicals were carefully rebuilt by Kurt Hipke. The interior was re-trimmed in black leather and a new convertible top installed by Wayne Buchanan. Chassis 86018 was found to retain its original body panels, as demonstrated by stampings of the numeral 18 that were found on each during restoration. All work was completed with care and every attempt was made to utilize original parts where possible, with outstanding results.

Given its beautiful condition and versatile sport/GT leanings, this rare 356 A Convertible D is a fantastic opportunity for even the most discerning enthusiasts to add a rare and capable thoroughbred to their stable.