Porsche 356A 1600 Super Cabriolet łączy sportowy styl lat 50-tych i ponadczasowy design, prezentujący się doskonale niezależnie od miejsca i epoki. Oferowany egzemplarz jest odzwierciedleniem stanu odkreślanego jako 1. czyli konkursowy. Jego karoseria i chromy prezentują lustrzany połysk, wnętrze prezentuje się perfekcyjnie, zachowując wszelkie detale i krój oryginalnego projektu. Silnik 1600 Super oznacza moc podwyższoną do 74 KM, czyli 14 KM więcej niż w podstawowej wersji 356A. Takim samochodem można by bez najmniejszego problemu poruszać się w dzisiejszym, żwawym ruchu, choć z pewnością obawa przed uszkodzeniem tak pięknego okazu nakazywała tu najwyższą ostrożność. Ten egzemplarz jest kilka lat po kompleksowej odbudowie, lecz na własnych kołach pokonał od tej pory zaledwie około tysiąc kilometrów.
PORSCHE 356A 1600 SUPER CABRIOLET
Top Speed: 108
0 – 60: 14.5
Transmission: 4-Speed Manual
Engine Congiguration: Flat 4
Interior Colour: Red Leather
The 356 was created by Ferdinand „Ferry” Porsche. The chassis was a completely new design as was the body, which was designed by Porsche employee Erwin Komenda; certain mechanical parts including the engine case and some suspension components were based on and initially sourced from Volkswagen.
In its early years Porsche re-engineered and refined the 356 with a focus on performance. Fewer and fewer parts were shared between Volkswagen and Porsche as the 1950s progressed. The early 356 bodies were handcrafted in aluminium, but when production moved to Zuffenhausen, Germany in 1950, models produced there were steel-bodied. Porsche contracted with Reutter to build the steel bodies and eventually bought the Reutter company in 1963. Reutter retained the seat manufacturing part of the business and changed its name to Recaro.
The 356 was built in four distinct series; the original ‘pre-A’, followed by the 356A, 356B, and then finally the 356C. Despite looking outwardly similar to the preceding models, Porsche thoroughly updated their 356 line in 1956 and called their new model the 356A. At the core this included a larger 1600cc engine, but also a curved-glass windscreen and a revised suspension. The new model was outwardly identical to the previous version except for the wider tyres, a small rubbing-strip below the doors, a fully-curved front window, and enamel paint, which replaced the lacquer previously used.
Inside, Porsche fitted an all-new, flat-face dashboard that was sculpted around the new curved windscreen. It included a padded-top, lockable glove compartment, plus a provision for a modern radio. Other interior appointments included a headlight flasher, automatic interior lighting, self-cancelling signal switches and, most importantly, a lower floor.
Removable hardtop with stand, Folding softop, Horn push ring, Becker Radio, Auxiliary port, Interior lighting, Sun visors, Cigar lighter, Lockable glove compartment, Folding rear seats, Spare wheel, Tool kit.
Recently inspected by Peter Morgan, this particular 356 was described as a work of art.
Finished in a flawless coat of black, the paintwork on this incredible 356 boasts a deep glossy shine. Having been fully restored to an exceedingly high standard with no expense spared, this rare Porsche truly is work of art. From every angle the voluptuous curves present impeccably, with the steel body panels all perfectly straight and free from any imperfections. The car is absolutely as new and also features a removable hardtop.
The attention to detail on the 356 is something else, a real show-winner. The chrome brightwork is flawless and retains a youthful mirror finish. All rubbers and seals present well and display a healthy black colouring. There is absolutely no corrosion to be found anywhere, with zero scratches or chips present either. All badges and trim around the car are in fine condition, as are all lenses and glass.
Once inside this exquisite convertible, you are immersed in the luxury and glamour of the 1950s, with an interior that is truly flawless. Having been fully re-trimmed in luxurious red leather, the upholstery is perfect. There is no wear to the seats, the carpets are pristine, and the headlining is spotless.
As to be expected, all the switchgear is fully functional and feels just as solid today as it would have done rolling off the production line. The ivory steering wheel is absolutely stunning and the glove compartment lid operates smoothly. Within the glove compartment a discreetly mounted auxiliary port can be found, allowing the driver to listen to his or her own music inside the car.
Upon lifting the bonnet, which can be locked from the cabin if left with the roof down, you are greeted by a gleaming spare wheel, leather-bound tool kit, and jack. As per the rest of the vehicle, the finish is faultless.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay presents beautifully and shows almost no signs of any usage. The mighty 1582cc engine both looks and sounds magnificent. Being the 1600 Super, this example produces close to 75hp, compared to the 60hp of the standard 356A.
Unsurprisingly everything appears factory-fresh, from the labels on the electrical components to the corrosion-free surfaces of the mechanical parts.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The car sits on the correct 15-inch polished steel wheels, topped off with stunning domed Porsche hubcaps. Presenting magnificently, there are no imperfections or dents to be found in the chrome. The powder-coated steel rims are also immaculate and show zero signs of any wear. The wheels are shod in a set of period Firestone tyres.
As to be expected, the car drives beautifully and brakes well. The underside is, of course, like new and presents exactly as it should following an extensive renovation.
The 356 was registered on 1st January 1959 and remained in the dry state of California until it was imported into the UK in 2006. The car had been dry stored for several years by the previous owner prior to leaving the US, and as such remained an entirely rust-free example.
In 2008 renovation began by 356 specialists PR Services, who had originally sourced the vehicle. Restoration of the body and paintwork was carried out by award-winning Porsche restorers Sportwagen of Southend, ensuring the very best finish would be achieved. Present in the history file is an immense stack of paperwork documenting every aspect of the restoration, from parts and labour invoices, to correspondence between the current owner and PR services. Complementing this is well over 500 photos of the car throughout the process.
Present also in the history file is the drivers’ manual as well as the original Becker Radio instruction manual. The car and its restoration were covered in the May 2012 issue of Ultra VW magazine, a copy of which is included.