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

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1959 Porsche 356A T2 Coupe

• VIN 105396
• Engine number P71502 - Matching
• Transmission number 22565 - Matching

Originally delivered to Major Duane A. Kuhlmann at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart, Germany on November 3, 1958, at a cost of $2,921.50. Recently purchased from a retired German engineer after 12 years of ownership. Finished in a classic color combination Silver Metallic (Silbemetall - color code 5706) with a Red interior. Older paint with a nice clean interior, the front seats, rear seats, and door panels have a wonderful patina with oatmeal square weave carpets. Solid original floor pans and battery box. The longitudinals have been replaced and the driver side rear floor sections has a patch. Matching front and rear deck lids. Options include deluxe horn ring, date coded chrome wheels, ordered with Super hubcaps with crest, sealed beam headlights, and USA overrider bumpers.

Excellent mechanical condition with a strong running 1600cc engine, smooth shifting manual 4-speed transmission, 4-wheel drum brakes. The brakes need to be rebuilt but do currently function and stop the vehicle. The engine is a "Normal" (60 horsepower) and is matching along with the transmission per Certificate of Authenticity. Complete with the original invoice from Porsche, owner's manual, and maintenance book for Porsche Bodies. The 356A Coupes are getting very hard to find in any condition. This is a great opportunity to purchase a T2 356A Coupe at a reasonable price that you can enjoy in as-is condition or restore.

History 356A October 1955 - September 1959

In late 1955, with numerous small but significant changes, the 356 A was introduced. Its internal factory designation, "Type 1", gave rise to its nickname "T1" among enthusiasts. In early 1957 a second revision of the 356 A was produced, known as Type 2 (or T2).

By 1958, all pushrod motors were 1600cc. The suspension changes introduced on the 356A resulted in the most significant improvement to the 356's handling during the entire 356 production run. In addition to the front anti-roll bar introduced near the end of pre-A production, oversteer was further tamed by adding softer front springs, stiffening the anti-roll bar, and doubling the caster angle. Understeer was engineered into the chassis with updates to the steering linkage and softer rear suspension. Longer, more vertical rear shocks were also added. The wheels were widened to 4.5 inches and the diameter decreased to 15 inches rims. The windshield was now curved instead of bent. The dashboard was flat. Body styles included Coupes and Cabriolets and two types of Roadsters, the iconic Speedster and its successor in 1959, the one-year-only Convertible D.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1356175
  • Price:$89,950
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1959
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356A
  • Exterior Color:Silver
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:56086
  • Stock Number:Po3894
  • VIN:105396