BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

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This 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe left the factory finished in black over beige leatherette, and is now finished in red over tan upholstery. It was purchased by the previous owner in May 1988 showing 80k miles while he was in college. He moved to New York in 1994, and the car has been driven approximately 10k miles over the past 30 years. Power comes from a non-original 1.6-liter flat-four paired with a 4-speed transaxle. Mechanical work was just completed by the seller as detailed below, and the car also received a $7k service ~200 miles ago at the end of 2017. This Porsche is now being offered by the selling dealer in North Salem, New York with 390+ pictures including shots from 1988 and 1994, a Certificate of Authenticity, some service records, prior registration documents, an owner’s manual, and transferable New York registration.

According to the seller, this 356A received a repaint from black to red prior to 1988. 150+ exterior photos are displayed in the gallery, and detail known imperfections, including some paint bubbling and pitting of the brightwork.

15″ wheels wear hubcaps and a set of 185/65 series Delta Essex tires. Each corner is also detailed in the gallery, including photos of the wheels removed to show the later-model finned drums. An exterior walk-around video can be viewed above.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Inside, the beige upholstery is worn and has split in several areas, as shown above. The rear seats, headliner, sun visors, carpets, and trim are all well-detailed in the gallery.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

The metal dash is finished in factory-correct black with a matching pad and a correct factory radio. Currently, the mechanical odometer shows 90,700 miles.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Factory body tags located in the driver’s front door jamb are pictured above.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Prior to the current owner’s purchase in 1988, a non-original 1.6L flat-four was installed. Power is sent through a 4-speed transaxle, and mechanicals are claimed to be stock. The aforementioned $7,561 service 200 miles ago included a general inspection and tune-up, valve adjustment, valve cover gaskets, an engine belt, oil service, brake master cylinder, hoses and fluids, new brake shoes and wheel cylinders, an ignition lock, and new axle boots. The seller completed the following work in November 2018 to prepare the car for sale:

  • Compression psi/leak-down check: 155/7%, 170/2%, 162/2%, 150/5% in cylinders 1-4, respectively
  • Rebuild and set carburetors
  • Replaced front link pins
  • Reseal CV boots

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Engine #67312 is currently installed, and transaxle #71670 is shown in the gallery. The CoA does not list the original engine/transaxle numbers.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Over 100 pictures from underneath this 356A are displayed in the gallery. The seller states that it appears various floor repairs have been made throughout the years.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

Prior maintenance records, registration documentation, and vintage photos are all detailed in the gallery.

BaT Auction: 30 Years-Owned 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe

The Certificate of Authenticity states that this car was built in September 1959 finished in black over beige leatherette. US-spec bumpers are the only listed option.

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