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Lot 229: Porsche 356A Coupe

Techno Classica, Coys (2 April 2011)

Thanks to efficient aerodynamics, sporting handling and fine build quality, the 356 quickly established itself as a worthy competition car and it achieved success in such top events as Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamericana, as well as countless other races and rallies around the world. This early 356A Coupe was manufactured on the 1st October 1959 and is supplied with an enviable race history dating back to 1960 where the first owner campaigned the car extensively throughout 1960 to 1962, with a podium finish at the SCCA national run offs in 1962.

Subsequently the car passed to its second owner where it was restored in 1987 and upon completion entered into the Grand Prix of Dallas with a successful 3rd in class finish. Further results included a 2nd in class in 1988 at the Austin/River City Road race, a 5th at the Chicago Historic races and a 1st in class at Elkhart Lake. Later competition history included entry to the '96 Copperstate 1,000.

The owner reports that the car is in good condition and is finished in red with beige interior. The engine has been balanced, blue-printed and overhauled, which included polishing and checking the crankshaft. The lightened flywheel was then balanced and cylinder heads were fitted with S90 valves, also ported with new guides and reground valve seats. A programmable fuel management system with LCD programmer and ADA fuel injection system are also fitted. Transferring the power to the wheels is a 741 gearbox with a custom short-throw gear stick to make the shifts that little bit quicker, fed through a Quaife limited-slip differential.

Supplied with a complete file with SCCA vehicle logbook and copies of rebuild invoices totalling over $125,000, this early competition 356, complete with recent performance upgrades, is suitable for fast road or rally use.

Lot Details
Auction Techno Classica
Coys, Essen, Germany
TypeCar
Lot Number229
Estimate€25000-€35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€31230
Year1959
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number106707
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2