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Sold for: £63,000
Porsche introduced the 356A at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1955 completing their 356 line-up of coupes, cabriolets and speedsters. Major changes were the 1600 cc engine, curved screen and revised suspension. Ruetter remained the coach builder. Tyre technology was improving rapidly allowing more advanced suspension design and higher fuel octanes enabled greater engine outputs . From the outside the 356A was only slightly different with wider tyres, a rubber strip below the doors and the curved screen being the most obvious changes. The interior however now featured a flat-face dashboard with locking glove box, a radio, headlight flashers, automatic interior lighting and self cancelling indicators. A steering wheel lock and dashboard clock were options. Offered here is a Porsche 356A Cabriolet finished in Metallic Silver with black leather upholstery. It has been restored to a very good standard and retains much of its originality. The history file shows that it was imported from Montreal, Canada in August 2003 and was MOT'd in December of that year acquiring the UK registration, WAS 957. In May 2004 it featured in Classic and Sports Car (copy included) as editorial by Richard Heseltine entitled ‘Glam that rocks', comparing it with another stylish 50's roadster, the Mercedes 190SL. Our vendor then became the new owner and set about making improvements as the car resided with him in Madrid. The engine was fully rebuilt by Baltasar, a Porsche Club of Spain recommended specialist. The history file contains a comprehensive account of various mechanical parts purchased from Peter Hoffman of Saarbrucken. The car comes with its UK V5 registration document. The period road test sums up precisely the fun of ownership of a well sorted Porsche 356A Cabriolet and at today's guide price represents a sound financial investment combined with lots of driving pleasure. It also retains many of its original features including revised bumpers, correct rear number plate illumination, radio and dashboard controls.