1954 Porsche 356

1500 Super Pré A Cabriolet

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1954
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    151
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Green
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis No 60646
Engine No P*60409*
Bodywork Reuter No 60646

- In the same family for the past 18 years
- Partially restored by Häfner in Germany
- Iconic and particularly rare model

The Porsche 356 was designed in the aftermath of the Second World War and officially launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949, two Porsche 356 cars were also displayed at the Paris Motor Show in 1950. Ferdinand Porsche passed away shortly after in January 1951 and it was his brilliant and dynamic son who took over. The 356 recaptures a derivative platform from the Volkswagen, as well as its modified and more powerful engine. The bodywork was designed by Erwin Komenda and manufactured at the Reutter workshops in Stuttgart. The car has created wonders on winding routes, thanks to its lightness and aerodynamism. Retrospectively called "pre-A" since they came before the 356 A was launched in 1955, the first 356s are very rare models.
Issued by Porsche and included in the documentation, a certificate states that our beautiful pre-A convertible was out of the factory on 13 August 1954 and intended for the American market; it is therefore a 1954 model. In the same family for the past 18 years, this rare 356 was acquired in Belgium in 2002 while being restored, consequently stripped down and deprived of its engine. In order to bring this car back to life in its complete original condition, the end of the restoration was then entrusted to the German specialist Albert Hafner, renowned for his uncompromising attitude towards quality and respect of the Porsche 356's original characteristics. The car gets all the attention of craftsmen selected between 2002 and 2007 in order to rediscover its wonderful yesteryear. A 1600cc cylinder type 616/1 engine will then be installed, which admittedly is not the original but nonetheless has more power and allows a much higher driving quality than the 1500.
As it remains in highly well-preserved condition to date, proof of the restoration quality carried out, this 356 does not lack of style in its dark green colour and most gorgeous cream leather interior. It also turns out to be the original exterior colour present on the car during the restoration. The four passengers are protected from the weather by a double-lined alpaca hood, a soft top cover that improves its elegant look once the car's top is opened. It also has its original Blaupunkt car radio, as well as its jack and spare tyre. The Porsche 356 Cabriolet, known as pre-A, is a particular rare car. Produced at only 144 examples in convertible version for the 1954 year, less than 20 units were fitted with the 1500 S engine block. Beautiful, reliable and comfortable, it already had great assets at that time, which would ultimately make the success and reputation of the Porsche brand, enough to attract enthusiasts' attention.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1954-porsche-356-1500-super-pre-cabriolet-3980-151

Photos © Loïc Kernen