Introduced in 1948, the Porsche Type 356 is acknowledged to be one of the worldâ€™s greatest sports cars. 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 with a 130bhp 2-litre 4-cam boxer Carrera engine.
By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, Porscheâ€™s first sports car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15-inch wheels, along with further styling revisions and most importantly the 1,600cc engine.
This wonderful 356 was previously owned for an impressive 54 years by a former Porsche Club of America president who used it regularly, including in the PCA-sponsored Viaje a Mexico event in 1967.
#211752 still retains its numbers-matching 1,600cc flat-four engine and the Karmann-built body, which was repainted only once in its original colour of Champagne yellow reportedly in the 1980â€™s. In recent years the car has received a number of works to its mechanics including an engine rebuild and the fitment of a new clutch.
Still finished in its very period colour scheme of Champagne yellow over brown leatherette upholstery, this wonderfully original example is very much ready to be enjoyed by its next owner, and a more detailed breakdown of previous work is listed below.Â
The engine rebuild consisted of new pistons, cylinders, bearings, push rod tubes, and other replacement items. Cylinder heads were resurfaced and received new valves, springs, and guides. The 4-speed manual transmission received a new clutch disc, pressure plate, and release bearing. Other concurrent work included stripping and re-sealing of the fuel tank, carburettor and fuel pump rebuilds, new oil lines and gaskets, new ignition parts, and more.
Approximately 1,000 miles have reportedly been added since and the seller notes that the car drives beautifully and with good oil pressure.