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Porsche 356 A 1600 Convertible D

Porsche 356 A 1600 Convertible D

Cabriolet, 1959

Highlights

  • One of 1,331 Convertible D's produced
  • Matching Numbers
  • Completed June 12, 1959

1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D

• VIN 86501
• Completed June 12, 1959
• Engine No. 74655 – Matching
• Transmission No. 23718 – Matching

California 356 for two decades, this stunningly Convertible D is presented in Meissen Blue over Cashmere upholstery. The exterior is in excellent condition with perfect gaps and panel fit, with beautiful brightwork, chrome wheels, and Marchal driving lights. The upholstery is like new featuring correct door panels, VDO instrumentation, a fire extinguisher, and a VDM three-spoke wood steering wheel. The silver-painted rims are 4.5” x 15” with baby moon chrome hubcaps fitted to Sprint Classic Vredestein 175 70 R15 tires. The same high standards of excellence is reflected in the mechanical condition with a properly detailed engine compartment, suspension, and undercarriage.

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A one-year-only model, the 1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D retained many styling cues from the Speedster while adding practicality through a taller windscreen, windup windows, a more substantial taller soft top, and more comfortable seats. This Convertible D was delivered new to Hoffman Motors in New York, New York, and was originally finished in Silver Metallic with a Red leatherette interior. The 356 has since been refinished in period-correct Meissen Blue over a Cashmere interior. Following the purchase of this Convertible D in 2019, the current owner commissioned Shamrock Racing Inc. to do a complete transmission rebuild, braking system overhaul, and engine service. Subsequently, the engine compression was tested and was found to be at 125 lbs with a 2% leak down across all four cylinders.

Mechanically, powered by a matching driveline, the 1600cc Normal engine (type 1600) produces 60HP and has plenty of power paired with a 4-speed manual 716 transmission and four-wheel drum braking system. Complete with Certificate of Authenticity, service records of recent work, spare wheel, tool kit, jack, and tonneau cover. A rare and versatile alternative to the Speedster, this is an attractive and well-presented 356 that offers an excellent opportunity to acquire an increasingly sought-after Convertible D model.

Specification
• 1,582 CC Air-Cooled OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
• Twin Zenith 32 NDIX Carburetors
• 60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
• 4-Speed Manual Transaxle
• 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
• 4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars

History of the Convertible D
The 1958-1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D model is arguably one of the rarest „production“ Porsche 356 models ever manufactured for a full year (T6 „twin grille“ Roadster was produced for only a few months). Only 1,331 Convertible Ds were made between August 1958 and September 1959. By 1958 the Speedster model was four years old, and sales were declining. Porsche realized that significant improvements were necessary to attract new buyers, but that there was certainly a market for a „weekend racer“ with a removable windshield. The Porsche 356A Convertible D was the solution (though a modern marketing department would have picked a racier name!).

Because overall Porsche sales were growing at a steady pace, and the Reutter coachworks were straining to keep up with the demand, Porsche contracted with the Drauz company in Heilbronn to manufacture bodies for the Convertible D (the „D“ stood for Karosseriewerke Drauz KG). On July 31, 1958, Porsche sent a letter to all their Porsche dealers announcing the new „Convertible D“ model and specifying the differences.

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Fahrzeugdaten

Baujahr: 1959
Modell: 356 A 1600 Convertible D
Karosserie: Cabriolet
Baureihe: 356
Laufleistung: 62144 mi
Leistung: 60 PS
Hubraum: 1,6 Liter
Lenkung: links
Getriebe: Manuell
Antrieb: Heckantrieb
Kraftstoff: Benzin
Innenfarbe: Beige
Innenmaterial: Leder
Außenfarbe: Blau
Hersteller Farbbezeichnung (außen): Meissen Blau 5703/Reutter 703
Matching Numbers: ja
Neu / gebraucht: Gebrauchtwagen
Fahrbereit: ja

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