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A one-year-only model, the 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D retained many styling cues from the revered Speedster while adding practicality through a taller windscreen, windup windows, a more substantial soft top, and more comfortable seats. One of the rarest 356 variants, Porsche built just 1,331 examples of the Convertible D between August 1958 and September 1959. Mechanically similar to its Speedster predecessor, the Convertible D could achieve 0–60 mph in about 14 seconds and reach a top speed of 100 mph.
This 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D was completed on June 12, 1959, according to its accompanying Kardex, and delivered new to Hoffman Motors in New York, painted in Silver Metallic and trimmed in red leatherette. The car has since been refinished in period-correct Meissen Blue over a Tan interior. Also – perhaps during its long-term ownership by a Porsche 356 Club member – a wood steering wheel, Abarth exhaust, and Marchal driving lights were added. Currently fitted with a proper 1600 motor, this Convertible D is accompanied by its matching-numbers Type 616/1 engine (no. 74655), as well as a spare transaxle, tool kit, tonneau cover, and copy of the factory Kardex.
A rare and arguably more versatile alternative to the Speedster, this is an attractive and well-presented 356 that offers an excellent opportunity to acquire an example of the increasingly sought-after Convertible D model.