It was entrusted to 356 expert Ever Green Cars in Casalmaiocco, near Milan, Italy, where it was given a careful bare-metal restoration that consumed hundreds of hours over a two-year period from 2013–2014. Originally finished in Pearl Gray with a red leatherette interior, the new owner selected the lovely 1953 factory colour of Palm Green (R526) with complementary beige upholstery. The interior features factory-correct materials and is highlighted by a vintage Telefunken radio restored by a German audio specialist. A set of 15-in. whitewall tires present a delightful contrast. The consignor states that all mechanical components were properly overhauled.
Since its completion several years ago, this rare and delightful little Porsche coupé has been driven minimally, but those short jaunts have included several tourist rallies and weekend jaunts near Cannes. The owner has installed a hand-priming fuel pump to allow easier starting when the car is revived after winter storage. The car is supplied with a FIVA registration dated 2014, a comprehensive file of restoration photographs, a complete tool roll and jack, plus matching green luggage.
Perfect as is for vintage rallying, touring and club events, or perhaps returned to its original colour scheme for Concours entry, this elegant early 356 awaits its next proud owner.