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

Vehicle Description

1959 Porsche 356A SUPER Sunroof Coupe

� Chassis Number: 107755 (T2 A Reutter)
� Engine Number: 84013 - Matching Number
� Engine Type: 616/2 - "Super" 1,600cc, 75 Horsepower
� Transmission Number: 27850 - Matching Number
� Transmission Type: 716 - 4-speed Manual, Full Synchromesh

This Porsche 356A Coupe was completed on May 22, 1959, and is number 1,580 of 2,742 coupes built for the 1959 model year. At the factory, it was finished in Meissen Blue and optioned with the ultra-desirable "Super" 1600cc engine, US overrider bumpers, and Phoenix tires. Being a USA model, it was imported by Hoffman and delivered to its first owner, Tommy Miller (1959 - 1982), in Phoenix, Arizona. Subsequent owners are all known and include Straus (Oregon 1983 - 1989), Rees (Oregon 1990 - 2006), Nielsen (Oregon 2006 - 2018), and Dang (Texas 2018 - 2020). In the summer of 2020, European Collectibles sold this 356 to the current owner who lives in Newport Beach, California, and has driven the 356 about 3,000 miles. It is fully sorted and ready to enjoy!

This 356 has been lovingly maintained by each owner and was eventually painted a dark red metallic. Mr. Neilsen was an avid Porsche collector and was well-known among 356 owners. During his ownership, he drove the 356 almost daily. The only option the 356 lacked that Mr. Neilson desired was a Goldie sliding sunroof. At great expense, he sourced an OEM factory 356A sunroof clip and had it professionally installed. In 2010, he began a restoration. Rather than send it elsewhere for work he could do, he undertook the task at home and relied on the help of specialists when necessary. It was a straightforward restoration since the body, underside and inner structures were in great overall condition. The metallic burgundy paint it had worn for years was stripped, and the body was sanded and prepared for the Aquamarine Blau paintwork. The paintwork is in beautiful condition and looks more recent than it actually is, however, where this 356 really shines is in the trim department. There isn't a reproduction part on the exterior of this car, including the glass, bumperettes, and shine-up license plate light with all of the original parts being in fantastic condition.

Upon arrival at European Collectibles in 2020, the floor pans, undercarriage, and suspension were stripped to steel, everything was in original condition, then a concours undercarriage detail was done, Wurth German undercoating was applied, and all the suspension was painted. Next, the body panels were inspected and confirmed to be matching to the car. The fuel tank, sending unit, seat hinges, and all five wheels are date-coded. The interior was showing some age, so the decision was made to have a new interior installed. The seats, door panels, and dash top were covered in the correct shade of red with German oatmeal square weave carpets and black rubber mats were installed. The headliner and sun visors were in good shape, so they were left as they were. All mechanical systems were checked and every light and switch was found to be operational. Additional options include a secondhand clock, AM Blaupunkt radio, and a Hirschmann Red Tip antenna. On the road, it performs very well and the matching "SUPER" (75HP) engine is noticeably more powerful with 25% more horsepower than the "Normal" 1600cc engines with a mere 60HP. The matching 716 4-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly, and the four-wheel drum brakes stop the car straight. This is the last year of the 356A Coupes and they are truly the best to drive. One of the most desirable 356s and they are indeed getting very difficult to find!

Vehicle Details

  • 1959 Porsche 356A
  • Listing ID:CC-1554221
  • Price:Contact Seller
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1959
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356A
  • Exterior Color:Aquamarine Blue
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:69797
  • Stock Number:Po4152
  • VIN:107755
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