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Lot 116

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1959 Porsche 356 A Super Coupe

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $137,500

Estimate

$120,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

105553

Car Highlights

Rare Super Model from the Final Year of 356 A Production
Meticulously Maintained and Documented West Coast Car
Presented in Charming, Original Color Combination

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Zenith 32 NDIX Carburetors
75 HP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension with Parallel Trailing Arms
Independent Swing-Arm Rear Suspension
Register to Bid

Melvin and Nadean Baker, Lodi, California (acquired circa 1959)James Hasson, Sacramento, California (acquired from the above in 2000)Private Collection, San Mateo, California (acquired circa 2003)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Debuted at Frankfurt in September 1955, Porsche’s sophisticated 356 A heralded myriad improvements. Road & Track summarized its driving experience as “an impressive combination of control and true riding comfort,” with drivers “hunting up sharp curves for the sheer pleasure of being in control of so exceptionally maneuverable a car.” The optional “Super” engine, in 1,500 cc or 1,600 cc displacements, defined Porsche road-car performance during the late 1950s. Delivering 75 hp, the 1600 Super in particular delivered the power output for committed drivers to more fully explore the outstanding driving dynamics of the 356 A.

Either from new or very shortly thereafter, Melvin and Nadean Baker of Lodi, California, purchased and enjoyed this 1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Coupe over 64,000 miles until 1976, when it was stored until Melvin’s passing in 2000. Ever since then, the 356 A has been carefully preserved and maintained by its subsequent owners who are all early Porsche enthusiasts. A most desirable and attractive example, it begs to be driven, enjoyed, and appreciated as originally intended. As now offered, this rare 1600 Super Coupe is complete with a Certificate of Authenticity, correct US bumper over-riders, and a detailed history, including maintenance and service details.