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Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300

Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300

Cabriolet, 1952



1952 Porsche 356 1300 Cabriolet by Gläser, S/N 12375, Erdbeerot (strawberry red) with tan leather interior, carpets and soft top.  Originally fitted with a 1,300cc flat 4 and a 4 speed gearbox.  One of the few remaining Cabriolets handbuilt by Gläser Karosserie and one of the final Gläser’s produced.  Gläser built the “America Roadster” for Porsche and about 80 Cabriolets, this being #66 and one of their last cars as they filed for bankruptcy and Porsche and Reutter had to complete the remaining run, sources estimate less than 30 Glaser Cabriolets exist today.

Price: USD 440,800

United States

Copley Motorcars
37 Chestnut Street
02492 Needham, Massachusetts USA
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#12375 was sold new to Los Angeles as per the Kardex and was owned by Frank Atkinson, of Pasadena, for over 63 years.  Frank was a well-known car guy in LA, he owned VW’s and Porsches, had a car lot in Pasadena and wrote a book about hot rodding Volkswagens, “Souping up your Volkswagen”.  Frank raced this car in the 50’s under the flag of the Pasadena Sports Car Club.  We’re told he blew up the original motor, a second replacement motor and in 1954 received the car’s current motor, a Porsche factory replacement motor, KD 033831.  It’s a 1,500cc motor that he warmed over back in the day and it has been fully rebuilt by a local 356 specialist.  Spending its entire life in So Cal and under the same ownership for so long, the car was free of rust, just a long raced and a used racing car.  Rescued a couple years ago by Porsche specialist, Liberty Motorsports, this coachbuilt Gläser has just been fully restored to its original glory.  Ready for the show or touring circuit, this rare and early little Porsche ticks all the boxes.   The original owner’s manual, spare, wooden fuel stick, complete tool roll and plastic cabriolet dust-cover come with the car.  *titled as a ’53.

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Year of construction: 1952
Model: 356 Pre-A 1300
Body: Cabriolet
Series: 356
Mileage: 11 km
Power: 44 HP
Cylinder capacity: 1,3 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Beige
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Red
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Erdbeerrot Reutter 524
Condition: Fully restored
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes

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