CPR Classic is elated to offer this elegant 1959 Porsche 356
Convertible D that underwent a complete restoration here at CPR
Classic back in 2009 and was completed in 2011. Finished in the
lovely color combination of Silver over a Red leather interior,
this Convertible D is a head-turner from all angles.
CPR purchased the car back in 2009 from an owner in Southern
California and underwent a detailed two-year restoration that was
completed in 2011. The car arrived to us as a complete, straight
example with minimal rust but was in need of a full restoration.
Following the completion of the car in 2011, it was shown at that
year's Dana Point 356 Concours where it took second place in the
First, the car was completely disassembled and stripped to bare
metal by hand. Then the tub entered our metal shop, where it was
metal worked and brought back to factory specifications in all
areas. Lead was added where needed, and all panel gaps were set to
Following the metalwork process, the tub was moved to our paint
preparation shop, where it spent several hundred hours being
sealed, primed, and extensively blocked. A final layer of primer
was added, and then the last block was performed before the
stunning Silver Glasurit two-stage paint was applied. Following
paint application, the tub was baked in our Binks down-draft paint
booth to ensure a strong chip-resistant finish. Finally, a full
color-sand and buff were performed to complete the process and give
the tub the vibrant, deep finish you see now.
The car was sent to Autobahn Interiors in Sorrento Valley to have
the entire Red leather interior installed. Correct square weave
carpet was installed, and a black top with a black tonneau cover
complete the aesthetic.
The drivetrain was overhauled during the restoration. The gearbox
was overhauled in-house, where it received a rebuild, including a
new gear set, synchros, bearings, main shaft, and a detailed
blasting and refinish to the case. The engine was overhauled
in-house at CPR and upgraded with a 1720cc big bore kit. The engine
now produces nearly 100hp and allows the car to drive comfortably
at highway speeds.
In late 2011 the car was sold to a long-time CPR client in St.
Louis where it resided for the past 11 years. During the single
ownership following restoration, the car traveled 4,900 miles and
now shows 4,990 total miles since restoration. Service for the last
decade was carried out by renowned Porsche specialist Reid Vann in
St. Louis. It is not often that one of our restored Porsche
Convertible D's come available for immediate purchase. Although
this restoration is 11 years old and has accumulated nearly 5,000
miles since it was completed, the car has weathered remarkably well
and still presents today as a fine example of a CPR-restored
vehicle. Don't miss this lovely 356 D.