Porsche was never content with static models. Even through recognized series, changes came thick and fast as Porsche's engineers improved their product and evolved ever further from the marque's Volkswagen-based origins. This 1959 Porsche 356A Cabriolet is one of the last of its series, produced barely 200 cars from the changeover to the 356B. As such it incorporates many evolutionary developments that would become the base features of the 356B, including curved one-piece windshield, 15" wheels, longer rear suspension torsion bars, lower seating, vent windows, plain bearing engines and ZF steering. The 356A however still retained distinctive early Porsche features including low bumpers and headlights recessed into the front fenders. It received a thorough restoration some years ago in bright red with light tan leather upholstery, tan cloth top, boot cover and square weave carpets and is equipped with tubular bumper overriders, Blaupunkt radio, coco floor mats, headlight stone guards and silver painted wheels with hubcaps and black wall tires. The engine (P69664) is from a '58 1600 Normal and has been carefully and appropriately restored. The body is straight, has flush panel fits and even gaps with great paint and chrome. The interior, engine bay and chassis evidence modest and careful use and continuing care with the onset of an attractive patina appropriate to a real driver's car. This is a choice Porsche 356A, ideal for long distance tours and events like the Colorado Grand where its exhilarating driving dynamics are supplemented by the excellent weather protection of the rollup windows and tight top of the cabriolet body.
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