For Sale: 1959 Porsche 356A in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description

1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D

VIN 86599
Engine no. 74906 - Matching
Transmission no. 23773 - Matching
One of 1,331 Convertible D's built by Drauz

A true survivor with only two (2) owners, finished in its factory color combination of Ivory (5704) with Red upholstery. A very honest and original 356 with some original paintwork, excellent gaps, and no accident damage. All of the original trim, brightwork, and badges exhibit just the right amount of patina. The front and rear decks display "99" stampings, which indicates matching panels. Preservation class interior features original; door panels, carpets, front seats, dash, and boot cover are all in great condition. The undercarriage is solid and rust-free with original floor pans, closing panels, and battery box.

Powered by a matching driveline, the 1600cc Normal engine has plenty of power with 60 horsepower paired with a 4-speed manual 716 transmission. The four-wheel drum braking system has been completely rebuilt with new; master cylinder, brake lines, wheel cylinders, brakes shoes, and the drums have been turned. All four 4.5" x 15" Lemmerz rims are date coded (1 of 59) with four matching date coded (2 of 59) hubcaps. Offered with the Kardex, spare tire, jack, boot cover, tonneau cover, partial tool kit, original set of keys, original books including; Porsche Service Book, Driver's Manual, and the Operating Instructions for Opening and Closing the Convertible-Top. Extraordinary opportunity to purchase a true time capsule with incredible patina.

On September 23rd, 1959, Mr. Bob F. Henninger from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took delivery of his 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D from Hoffman Motor Car Co, in New York, New York and owned this Porsche for 18 months. Henninger traded his 356 in for a 1960 Pontiac Leman to Palmer Pontiac. The second owner, Daniel Piesik also from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, purchased this 356 April 1961 and has owned the 356 Convertible D for 59 years!

The story from Daniel Piesik
Now I was out of the Army, back from Europe and anxious to teach, I found a job teaching in Pittsburgh Public Schools in the uptown section. After the New Year 1960, I was on my way to work using public transportation for the 17-mile journey, I had no automobile. As I was on my way to school, I passed the local amusement park and there behold - was a Porsche 356 convertible parked behind the office. It was winter, but as I found out later, the owner/manager Bob Henninger was at the office every day, planning for the coming season. I drooled every time I passed the park and saw the Porsche. In the meantime, I purchased a 1957 small rear window VW and after some detailing, had it looking great. Then one night in April 1961, I saw that a Porsche was for sale. I thought I would go down and look at it. It was the Porsche that I had seen in late winter and throughout the second semester of 1960. I now had a teaching position in Versailles Township near my home and I had a great time driving my VW, as I did in Germany. Going to Palmer Pontiac, the salesman said that the car was owned by Bob Henninger who traded it in for a 1960 Pontiac Leman. Teaching my second year and just out of the army, I had no credit rating but found a way having a local insurance agent prompt the bank to approve a loan because of my specific situation and the loan was not a great amount. After the haggling was done and obtaining financing, there I was driving my 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D down Market Street, McKeesport, Pennsylvania heading toward home.

The most memorable occasion occurred in 1966 as we drove the Porsche on our honeymoon to Niagara Falls, Montreal and on to Quebec. From the time I first purchased the car and joined the Porsche Club of America - Allegheny Region, Dolores and I attended all the activities and events traveling to Toronto a couple of times. I entered events but was particular never to over-rev the engine or abuse the car. It was a fine runner and if there was a chance of damage, I would not participate. In Canada, the closed road course was run on dirt - a farm road with boulders and ruts, which I refused to run and went to the Canadian National Exhibition that day. When doing club events, I would not risk winning my class for the same reasons even if it meant missing a trophy. At time trials, I drove the Porsche the way it should be done and outclassed other normal 1600s and beat out some supers. This car was a great runner.

After those active days, the Porsche was taken out for maintenance and driving from home through the Allegheny Mountains a favorite destination. Always garage kept, and has some wear occurred, I did the work, as, by this time, I became well versed in the workings of the dear machine. The last time it was on the road, my youngest son Donald wanted to go to the Pittsburgh Race Days in Schenley Park - a closed road track in the middle of the city. Our goal, of course, was to attend the Saturday Marque Day with displays of all the sports cars, as the race participants practiced on the track. I must admit that the Porsche 356A Convertible D was the center of interest of about 30 + Porsches. The excitement was that it was original, as many cars there were restored. As a matter of fact, although I am no expert, many owners asked me to have their Porsches checked for authenticity. Many had some defects, but overall, it was a great display. Next to my car, was a brand-new Porsche 911 including fancy Porsche lawn chairs, which by the way, no one was also interested. Instead, I had many people around my car with many questions and hopes that it not be restored, as they enjoyed seeing the original. The biggest thrill of that day was when my youngest son Donald drove THE CAR TO THE EVENT AND BACK, AS VERY FEW PEOPLE OTHER THAN MYSELF EVER DROVE IT. The final chapter had the Porsche 356A Convertible D lovingly retired; kept in the heated garage, while over 15 years, 87,000 miles of traveling and exploring the 48 United States and half of Canada including extensive touring of Nova Scotia in my motor home. And as I sadly parted with the faithful and special 356, watching it loaded into an automobile transporter, emotion naturally causes many thoughts of experiences that exist at this time of writing.

Specification
60 bhp (DIN), 70 bhp (SAE), 1,582cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder, dual Zenith carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with torsion bars, trailing arms, and tubular shock absorbers, independent swing-axle rear suspension with torsion bars, radius arms, and tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

History
In July 1958, Porsche sent a letter to all its foreign representatives, stating that the four-year-old, bare-bones Speedster, which had been designed specifically for the Western markets of the United States, had not been well-received elsewhere. A new model was forthcoming for 1959, and it would be manufactured by Karosseriewerke Drauz, of Heilbronn.

This would be the Convertible D, which was introduced as an interim step before the arrival of the 356 B Roadster in 1960. The new ConvD would offer buyers Speedster-like styling, but it added such amenities as a wind-up door glass in place of side curtains, a taller windshield, a better taller top, and a more luxurious interior with coupe seats standard. New and larger teardrop-shaped taillights would replace the earlier "bee-hive" style lamps, and U.S. cars were fitted with front and rear bumper guards and over-riders. Porsch...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1335504
  • Price:$239,500
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1959
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356A
  • Exterior Color:Light Ivory
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:87270
  • Stock Number:Po3833
  • VIN:86599

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