1956 Porsche 356

A European Coupe

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1956
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    260
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

  • One of a handful produced with European badging
  • One of the earliest 356 A models; the 34th 1956 1600 coupe
  • Fastidiously restored by marque specialists in stunning Fashion Grey
  • Scored 296/300 points in PCA competition in 2016
  • Subject of feature article in Excellence Magazine May 2017
  • Includes copy of Kardex

This exceptional 356 A coupe is adorned with the very rare and seldom-seen golden European fender script, affixed to only the earliest 1956 Porsche cars destined for the American market. Porsche ultimately discontinued the Continental model after pressure from Ford Motor Company lawyers at the end of the 1955 model year, producing the European for just a few months (and using up pre-drilled fenders intended for the Continental, as legend has it).

Knowing the rarity and importance of this Porsche, the former owner commissioned Altissimo Restoration to perform a correct, show-quality restoration that was completed in 2016. The process started with stripping the car down to a bare metal shell, mounting it to a rotisserie, and carefully building it up from there. The body is finished beautifully in Fashion Grey, complemented tastefully with a sumptuous red leather interior by Porsche interior specialist Autos International. All gauges were rebuilt and recalibrated, and the correct radio has been refurbished as well. The original glass was thoughtfully detailed and reinstalled during the restoration, adding originality and character. Attention to detail is present in every aspect of the restoration.

Each component, both mechanical and cosmetic, of this 356 was rebuilt and refurbished to show-quality standards. This stunning Porsche would score 296/300 points in PCA competition in 2016. The engine, although stock and correct in appearance, has been upgraded to a type 616/33-1, 1.7-liter industrial Porsche unit from 1969. Completely rebuilt and fitted with a performance camshaft from Elgin, the engine, fed through Weber 40 IDF carburetors, produces ample torque and acceleration, along with authentic four-cylinder Porsche exhaust notes.

The editors at Excellence Magazine were impressed enough to feature this car in their May 2017 issue, a testament to the rarity and superb quality of this very special Porsche. With the increased power and reliability of the engine, this 356 A coupe is an absolute pleasure to drive and is ideal for vintage rallies or spirited driving on country roads. The elegant color scheme and meticulous restoration offer excellent opportunities for the new owner to exhibit this exquisite jewel at club events and concours shows.

This rare and unusual “European” represents a unique chance to acquire a versatile Porsche that would enhance any collection and provide great satisfaction to its owner.

Please note that contrary to the printed catalogue, restoration receipts are not included with this lot.

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