Even with the run-up in prices of the original Porsche 356, there are some examples that are likely worth every penny due to high levels of preservation. This 1958 356 “A” coupe is one of those cars, displaying many authentic in-period details and backed up by matching numbers from stem to stern.
Find it here on eBay with an $87,500 Buy-It-Now.
Everything about this bathtub Porsche is right: the faded paint, dulled hubcaps, black California plates, Porsche Club of America sticker and hood badge, the period luggage rack – it’s all there. The seller notes that this particular 356 has been stored away since 1970, and was originally purchased as part of the company’s European delivery program, touring Europe before coming stateside. It even retains its original tourist program license plates.
As if it couldn’t get any better, this 356 sports one of the more desirable interior colors available and it still presents well. Door panels look quite nice from what we can see, and the dash and steering wheel are seemingly in excellent shape. The seller notes that the engine and transmission are numbers matching, and even the correct date-coded wheels remain with the car – along with the factory tool kit and owner’s manuals.
We love details like these. There’s even a brochure demonstrating the features of the engine lid-mounted luggage rack! That’s some serious preservation, and our hat is off to the owner or owners who worked hard to keep these pieces intact and protect the 356 in its many years of dormancy. The price of entry is high, but these early 356s will always be desirable, and particularly in highly original form like this car.