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.
Immortalized by the actor James Dean, the Porsche 356 Speedster has become one of the most highly prized classic Porsches. This model was born from the suggestion by US importer Max Hoffman that a simpler, lower cost open roofed model would sell well stateside. A little under 1,200 of these two seater Porsches were built, before the Cabriolet D arrived in 1958. With a higher windshield, comfier seats and roll up side windows, it added a touch of practicality to an otherwise purist package. This Convertible D for sale in Illinois was restored by a well known Porsche specialist and a more powerful, enlarged engine.
Model: Convertible D
Engine: 1.9 liter flat four
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 12,989 mi
Price: Reserve auction
This 356 is the most unique car I have ever seen and had the pleasure to drive!! This car was totally restored by the world renowned Gary Kempton. Sad to say the Porsche world lost a true artist with his passing. However his legacy lives on in this absolutely beautiful Porsche. This multi-year restoration is second to none and you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect Porsche for your collection. Every nut and bolt has been restored to to perfection.
Needless to say there is absolutely no rust and every body panel is fit to perfection. The paint is flawless and is a special color that was requested by Ferry Porsche for his own 356 at the time. Gary was able to find the color code after much research and was able to duplicate the color exactly. The interior is finished in a beautiful full leather Cashmere beige that is soft and supple. Every piece of trim has been refinished to factory perfect condition. The engine although not original to the car is very special.