One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche, was the work of Ferry Porsche, based on his father’s Volkswagen ‘Beetle’, like that it employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension.
The first phase of development saw the 356’s engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 liters; the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15” – down from 16” – wheels.
This extremely handsome 356 coupe, fitted with the more powerful 1600cc motor, was first delivered new to New York in June 1958, via the legendary distributor Hoffmans. Later being repatriated into Germany, the 356 was subject to a hugely comprehensive restoration which was completed in 2017.
Beautifully finished in Wine Red with a Tan leather interior, this is simply a gorgeous example of Porsche’s market-defining sportscar. Supplied with a detailed valuation report to confirm the condition, this is one of the very nicest 356s we have seen for quite some time.