1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe Outlaw

The 356 Outlaw always has presented me with somewhat of a conundrum. I’m most attracted to the 356 for its elegance and beauty. It possesses a vintage style and charm that for me represent joyful, if not necessarily spirited, motoring. It’s a backroad cruise in the sunshine with a loved one appreciating the beauty of the environment in a beautiful car.

The Outlaw attempts to shift that and I must admit they do a very good job! With its meaner appearance and more aggressive demeanor these builds utilize the sporting side of the Porsche pedigree to produce something that no longer strives for elegance. The curvy, almost bulbous, nature of the 356 Coupe’s body fits these models incredibly well and their already spartan interior makes for an easy canvas with which to create something unique and fitting of the Outlaw’s new attitude.

Like with backdated 911 builds, 356 Outlaw builds come in a wide array of attention to detail and general appearance. Some pay more attention to the interior with only minor exterior updates, while others do the opposite with perhaps the only interior modifications being a new pair of bucket seats. The one we see here, based upon a 1958 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe, has gone the full way with quite a few alterations to both the exterior and interior and I must say it really looks quite good.

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1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe

I want to turn back the clock from yesterday’s very pretty Aetna Blue over Bordeaux Carrera 4S to see a somewhat similar early example of that color combination. Admittedly, the comparison here isn’t exact since the colors are not precisely the same, but I think we still get a sense of the way these colors work on a vintage Porsche and a sense of the inspiration for that modern example. Here we have a Meissen Blue 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe, located in Houston, with a Red leatherette interior. On this 356 the shade of blue is a little lighter and the shade of red is a little brighter. Nonetheless, we end up with an equally pretty Porsche and one that surely would be a prized part of any collection.

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1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D

Over the weekend I looked at a pretty nice 911 Speedster up for sale. It was, as usual, very expensive, but also quite desirable. That Speedster, of course, hearkens back to the ethos of the original 356 Speedster though it is far from as spartan a ride as those very early Porsches. In fact, we might see the 911 Speedster to have greater relation to the Speedster’s successor, which is the car we see here: the Convertible D.

The Speedster was a sales success for Porsche as a gentleman’s racer: a car that could be used during the weekly commute, but then on the weekend with its stripped down features it just as easily proved to be a capable car around the track. That said, it may have been too spartan for such dual purpose. It sold well initially and then those sales slowed. Porsche then introduced the Convertible D, which added a few creature comforts back. It borrowed a standard set of seats from the 356 Coupe to replace the Speedster’s hard buckets and raised the windshield height just a bit. It even gave you the option of winding the windows. Such luxury! The Convertible D was a little bit of a compromise, but these were still pretty much no frills open-top cars.

Like the Speedster the Convertible D remains very desirable, though a few notches down the value scale. The one we see here looks absolutely beautiful: a restored Meissen Blue 1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D, located in Colorado, with Red interior.

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1959 Porsche 356A Sunroof Coupe with Benchseat

I’ve been known to look quite longingly at the Porsche 356. I love the shape and vintage style and find them to possess the sort of timeless design that brings us back to various vintage cars. So I’m always prone to being attracted to very pretty examples in interesting colors. So it should be no surprise that this restored Aquamarine Blue 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe caught my attention. But once I took a look suddenly I realized this 356 was much more special than it seemed at first blush. That it had a sunroof was pretty apparent from the initial ad picture. What was less clear was the wonderful red interior, but the biggest surprise came as I made my way through the pictures. There were no bucket seats! Benchseat!

Of course, my first thought after seeing this combination of rarities was, “Please let there be some documentation.” Thankfully the seller has provided the CoA and it confirms what we see. More thorough verification still will be necessary, but we’re off to a good start with what should be a very rare specimen.

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Year: 1959
Model: 356A
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 38 mi since restoration
Price: $199,900 Buy It Now

959 Porsche 356A Coupe. 1600cc, 4-Speed Manual Transmission. Aquamarine Blue paint w/Red interior. Full Compehensive resoration to match the Certificate of Authenticity with less than 100 miles. This 356 was completely taken apart, and every nut and bolt was restored. This example exudes a subtle elegance that does nothing to distract from the body’s flowing lines. Nicely optioned from the factory. Rare Factory “Golde” Sunroof, Sealed Beam Headlights, USA Bumpers, Fog Lights in Bumper, Ventilated Chrome Wheels, Rare Factory Bench Seat, Electric Time Clock and much more. Porsche Certified Certificate of Authenticity. Numbers Matching Drive Train. Vin# is 106237. Engine # 72684. Transmission # 25713. Aquamarine Blue Exterior # 5707. Red Leather Interior/A. Spare tire and Jack included. Amazing condition from the ground up. All origional. Spottless inside and out. Pictures dont do any Justice to this Car. Must see in person to appreciate. Please give us a call for any questions. 480-990-1554 ext. 1

I have come across, and believe also featured, a couple of 356s with a sunroof. They’re rare, but we do see them now and them. The benchseat, however, is an entirely new find. Never seen one before. Were I a shopper in 1959 I’m not sure it’s something I’d opt for given the sporting nature of the car. Here in 2017 though is an entirely separate matter. By modern standards the 356 is more cruiser than sports coupe and, frankly, there’s something about a benchseat that really brings with it a vintage flavor that feels at home in any car of this age. Add to that the collector appeal of such a rare option and suddenly a benchseat becomes a highly sought after item. I’ve read that the seats themselves go for significant money so I can imagine the same will hold true for a car with one fitted. Combining these two rare options certainly makes for a rare 356 and we haven’t even gotten around to the very attractive and rare color combination. This is truly a unique Porsche and one that should garner significant interest.

Will that interest be enough for this $200K asking price? That may be another matter. This is sure to be a high priced 356, but I see coupes priced below $100K fairly frequently. Are they in this condition? Not usually. Do they have these options? Of course not. It’s still a significant premium. Were everything in completely original condition then we may see this sell pretty quickly, but on a restored model, as pretty as it looks, I’m less sure. It’s worth keeping an eye on though and I’m confident it will be a while before I come across another quite like it.

-Rob

Meissen Blue 1957 Porsche 356A Coupe

A little while back I featured a 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo with a paint-to-sample exterior in Meissen Blue. It’s a color I was unfamiliar with and had never seen but which has early roots in Porsche’s history with the 356. It’s a color that really grows on you, and which we might think as beginning a line that would run through Gulf Blue and Glacier Blue as some of the lighter blues in the Porsche catalog. They’re really great colors and I think they work especially well on vintage Porsches. The car we see here takes us back to that original use of the color: a Meissen Blue 1957 Porsche 356A Coupe, located California, with a few modifications that have garnered it the ‘outlaw’ moniker. As outlaws go it’s a more subdued version of the species and retains much of the vintage charm of the 356 itself.

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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

While an excellent Porsche, of any era, tends to marry a combination of blistering performance with a high degree of refinement, it is many of the no-frills examples that command the greatest attention. One of the earliest of those was the 356 Speedster. As Porsche’s first production vehicle the 356 was around for nearly twenty years before being replaced by the 911 and the Speedster remains one of the most iconic variants produced. Only available for a short 4 years the Speedster served the American market as a lower-cost spartan alternative to the standard 356, while also providing weekend racers a model they could use at the track. Belying its short production run, the Speedster was quite successful in its early years and Porsche has revived the iconic moniker a few times for the 911, but it’s always tough to top the original. The example we see here is a Black on Black 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster, located in Houston, with 95,898 miles on it.

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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

While many of us deride the American car market for what it deems verboten to us, we have to remember that years ago, it was this very same market that helped shape some of the model lineups of post-war German automotive manufacturers. Such was the case with this car, the Porsche Speedster. Egged on by importer Max Hoffman, Porsche decided that a more basic, lower cost model would appeal to this market. The Speedster was quite successful by Porsche sales standards. Curiously, this more basic model has become one of the most prized models of the entire 356 range. This 1957 example for sale in California has been fully restored was formerly owned by actor Michael Parks.

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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

This find comes courtesy of Doug over and Rare SportBikes For Sale.
White with Red interior and 51,000 miles. Seller is looking for $175,000. Not much info is provided. I looked to see if this car was listed elsewhere with more details and did not find it.
This is a lot of money to pay for a car where, like Cobras, most people will assume it is a replica.
Looks really nice.

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~Evan