A dreamy 356 A Coupé with a coherent history, from a third owner, only registered in Germany, with a breathtaking patina, with rough edges and an unmistakable charm. We almost thought there was no such thing anymore. Yes, there is! Travel back in time to 1957!
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Of the almost 13,000 coupés produced in the 1957 model year, there are probably only very few that exude such original charm as this Adriatic blue example. It is therefore not surprising that we could hardly contain our enthusiasm when we first inspected the vehicle. When boarding this 356, you literally embark on a journey through time to the time of the German economic miracle.
Here we come to the first point that makes the vehicle so special in our eyes. The 356 is a German delivery that was never exported or imported, is currently in third hands and was only ever registered in Germany. The fact that he never left Germany is not entirely true. He was regularly drawn south from a relatively young age. But more on that in a moment.
The 356 A with the 1600 Super engine was delivered to its first owner on April 15, 1957 in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The original vehicle handover slip from Dr.-Ing-hcF PORSCHE K.-G. from that day is still preserved. As the "acquirer", i.e. as the first owner, he points out Dr. Father from Hochstetten in Rhineland-Palatinate (Bad Kreuznach district). He let the vehicle with the license plate number KH-EE 82 pass him. Dr. Father was a country doctor at the time and used the vehicle to visit patients, moving the 356 over forest paths, hill and dale, as was customary at the time, to get to his patients quickly.
From this time we have the now 70-year-old daughter of Dr. Father, Mrs. Schattenberg, received some pictures of the vehicle. She was also allowed to move the vehicle at the time. The recordings show the 356 on the Großglockner, the San Bernardino Pass and on the Italian Adriatic, among other places. There is also the original lid of the glove compartment with plaques from the relevant destinations, including the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Passo Gardena and Lugano.
The Porsche workshop Fuchs in 55606 Kirn probably acquired the vehicle in 1993. There is an appraisal of 74,740 DM from October 15, 1993. The vehicle was previously completely restored and the engine overhauled. Mr Fuchs maintained the vehicle himself and moved it occasionally.
On July 12, 2005, the current owner took over the vehicle directly from Mr. Fuchs. It has now been in current ownership for 18 years. The car was registered to her husband at the time. During this time, the 356 was mainly driven in southern Germany, mainly in Upper Franconia, with preference for leisurely trips.
The 356 is presented today in a substantially very good state of preservation. Corrosion and welds are not visible. The paintwork is well preserved, of course it has had blemishes and quirks over the past 30 years, but these are not substantial and match the wonderful patinated look of the vehicle and the history. Due to a paint treatment we recently carried out, the paint substance radiates a great shine, especially on beautiful sunny summer days. The color 5410 Adria blue corresponds to the delivery color code and exactly the color of Paul Ernst Strähle's V2 356 Carrera.
In any case, the interior made of corduroy and imitation leather, which has never been restored and is still in its original condition, including the Christophorus plaques from the 50s, should be highlighted. Only the carpets were renewed, as according to the delivery note red patterned coconut mats were laid in here.
The vehicle lived. You can see that in the 356, no question. But that's what makes him so special. This coupé is not a highly restored, new vehicle. It is a vehicle with its own history, with blemishes, with rough edges. And that's exactly why it's a wonderful piece of automotive history.
The TÜV was only renewed in March 2023. The technology has been completely revised by a renowned master workshop in Nuremberg, so that the car is technically ready for its next adventure.
Viewings and test drives are of course possible at any time by prior appointment. The vehicle is sold by us privately on behalf of the customer. Subject to errors and prior sale.
Porsche 356 A 1600 S:
The A version of the Porsche 356 was offered in different body styles between October 1955 and September 1959. At the beginning of the 356 A series, five engine types were in the range: 1300 with 44 hp, 1300 S with 60 hp, 1600 with 60 hp, 1600 S with 75 hp and 1500 GS "Carrera" with 100 hp. All engines had the proven 4-cylinder boxer engine in the rear and had a 4-speed gearbox with Porsche ring synchronization. Around 13,000 coupés were made in the 1957 model year, the basic price of the S version was DM 13,800.
|Year of construction:||1957|
|Initial registration date:||April 1957|
|Model:||356 A 1600 Super|
|Cylinder capacity:||1,6 Liter|
|Interior material:||Fabric/Leather combination|
|Manufacturer color code (exterior):||5410 A Adriablau|
|Vehicle inspection valid until:||March 2025|
|New / used:||Used car|
|Ready to drive:||yes|
|Country of first delivery:||Germany|
|Number of vehicle owners:||3|
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