This 1956 Porsche 356A Super Coupe, which was once the definition of the German sports car, is now a rusted relic. Currently, its patina looks like an art piece more fitted for a museum than for the road. A collectors dream, this vintage is all set to be auctioned by the auction house Gooding & Co. at Amelia Island this March. According to the auction house, the automotive time-capsule is estimated to be sold between $100,000 and $130,000. Read on to know more about the journey of this 65 year old car.
Back in Time
In the summer of 1956, this model of 356A was sold brand new at a Porsche-Volkswagen dealership. After spending roughly two years in Europe, the car made its way to the U.S. It arrived in the states decked in an elegant Aquamarine Metallic paint along with a gray-toned leather interior. The car was equipped with a 1,582 cc super engine, typed 616/2, which helped in developing a sporty power of 75 hp. It also featured a 1.6-liter flat-four, uprated air-cooling, and a four-speed manual transmission.
It may seem far-fetched, but this worn-down Porsche has been on the road until very recently, thanks to its previous Virginia-based owner, who paid for a mechanical restoration and used it as a leisure car on weekends. Despite the wear and tear caused by time, the Porsche 356A surprisingly retains most of its original leather upholstery, a vintage Telefunken radio, numbered body panels, a perfectly date-coded fuel tank, and matching numbers for the 1600 Super engine. The auction sale, which will be held on March 4, will also include a Porsche Kardex copy, a factory jack, and a partial tool kit. For the new buyer, this rusty yet charming 1956 Porsche 356A Super Coupe will surely make a good restoration project for any car enthusiast or it can be the perfect addition to anyone’s classic vintage collection.