Lot 383: Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT Coup�
The evocative 'Carrera' name first graced a Porsche in 1955. Applied to a 356A powered by a slightly de-tuned version of the racing 550 Spyder's 1.5-litre, four-cam engine, it celebrated Porsche's victories in the Carrera PanAmericana in 1952 and '54. Dry-sumped like the 550s, the Carrera engine produced 100bhp, some ten horsepower less than in race trim, which was sufficient to propel the 356 Carrera to over 120mph, making it the fastest 1.5-litre production car of its day and a formidable racetrack competitor.
Chassis number '102543', the car offered here, was originally finished in silver and delivered new on 13th January 1958 as a Carrera GS to Hans Harzheim, of Koln, Germany, who raced it successfully in his home country. Accompanying documentation notes that the car was involved in a racing accident, which prompted Mr Harzheim to return it to the factory for repairs and upgrading to 'GT' specification. The Porsche Kar-Dex system records that the final upgrade was undertaken in July 1958 and included an 80-litre competition fuel tank, Speedster-style seats, Plexiglas rear screen, Spyder rear view mirror and lightweight alloy bonnet, engine cover and doors. At the same time the original 1,500cc engine was replaced with the latest 1,600cc Carrera plain-bearing unit, which the car retains, and the colour scheme changed to red.
Its racing career over, the car was sold by its original owner and exported to the USA in the late 1960s, eventually returning to Europe in 1980 to form part of the collection of Porsches owned by, Hans Dieter Blatzheim. Restored in 1984 by distinguished Porsche restorer, Armin Baumann, at a cost of over CHF 74,000, '102543' remained in the Blatzheim family's ownership until 2008 when it was bought by motorcycle clothing retailer, Hein Gericke, Mr Gericke sent the Carrera to Klaus Werner's classic car company in Wupperthal for re-commissioning, after which it covered no more than 1,500 kilometres.
In 2009 the Porsche was offered for sale at auction in the UK and bought by the current owner. It was then inspected in Francis Tuthill's workshop and confirmed it was in good order throughout. The car is EU taxes paid and in free circulation within the EU. FIA papers and Technical Passport were issued and '102543' is now eligible for all the world's most prestigious historic motorsport events, including Goodwood Revival, Tour Auto, Historic Le Mans and many more. Recently prepared for racing by Abbott Motorsport, this car represents an exciting entry into historic motorsport worldwide, including the new Pre-63 GT series.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Grand Palais, Paris
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€156400|
|Engine number||KDP 84493|
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|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|