Porsche’s Type 356, introduced in 1948, is acknowledged to be one of the world’s great sports cars and in 1951 an aluminium-bodied works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race and 20th overall, thus beginning the marque’s long and illustrious association with La Sarthe.
Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminium-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46bhp 1,100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner carrying a complex, two-litre four-cam boxer Carrera engine of 130bhp. Its development brought not only coupes, but luxurious cabriolets and more spartan speedsters and roadsters.
The 1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A is an interesting model-year, as it marks the change from the split windshield to the bent windshield, which is curved in the centre and at each edge.
Here we have a fantastic Porsche 356 Pre-A Bent Window (Knicksheibe) from 1952, the genuine presentation model from Reutter of Stuttgart. In 1952 these Porsche 356’s were one of the fastest cars in production, accelerating to 170km/h and producing 102 NM of torque, largely due to its advanced crankshaft.
Owned by a private collector and enthusiast, this early Pre-A has been subject of a comprehensive restoration that began in 2009 and is now found in excellent condition throughout. Having since been fastidiously looked after and kept in the company of several other early 356’s, the opportunity to purchase this car is born out of a reluctant sale.
Finished in the very desirable and original Porsche colour of Radium green, this represents a fantastic opportunity to purchase an early ‘Pre-A’. Rarely do these early examples come on the market and especially in this condition. With no Porsche Collection being truly complete without one of the founding models that began such a success story, and with prices for the early Pre-A’s reaching ever new heights, this particular example is offered with a very realistic reserve and is well worth close attention.