356 1300 Coupé Split Window
- First delivery Switzerland 12.10.1951
- Extensive restoration by ACR in Italy
- Original colour radium green
- FIVA passport
- Mille Miglia eligible
As is well known, the Porsche 356 is Porsche’s first series model and was produced in four model generations from 1948 to 1965.
Particularly rare and sought-after examples of the 356 series are the vehicles built between 1948 and 1955.
A special feature of these original 356s (also called “pre-A”) is the two-part windscreen made of Sekurit glass with a centre bar. As curved glass was too expensive, all cars were fitted with a two-piece angled windscreen in the middle. From model year 1952 onwards, this was replaced by a one-piece windscreen with a bend in the middle, making the cars that left the factory before 1952 all the more desirable.
According to the book by Jürgen Barth and Gustav Büsing, only 353 of the Porsche 356 1300 Coupé offered here were built in 1951 and it is still one of the first 1000 Porsches ever built. Very few of these early Porsches have survived to this day.
The 1.3L 4-cylinder boxer engine produces 32 kW/44 hp.
Besides the split window, these very early examples have the following characteristic features:
- Bumpers lie flush against the bodywork
- Short handle on the boot lid
- Rectangular tail lights
- Indicator lights at the front round and flat – Indicator lights at the rear round below the rear lights
- No Porsche Crest (this was not designed until 1952/53)
A white Petri three-spoke steering wheel with horn ring is fitted as an extra.
This very early example of the 356 1300 Coupé was delivered and registered on 12.10.1951 at the Swiss Volkswagen and Porsche dealer Neue AMAG (Automobil- und Motoren AG) in Bad Schinznach in the colour radium green (510).
In August 1960, the vehicle changed hands for the first time, but continued to remain in Switzerland. In 2011, the vehicle was sold to Italy and parked in a collection. During this time, an extensive restoration of the vehicle was carried out in Italy.
After three years, the car changed hands for the last time until today and has since been owned by a car enthusiast in Germany. There is also an expert report on the vehicle from this year. In 2014, the original unsynchronised gearbox was exchanged for a synchronised NOS gearbox. However, the original gearbox is included with the vehicle.
As part of the restoration, the vehicle was completely dismantled, except for the body shell, and all corrosion was removed. Afterwards the body was completely painted in the original colour radium green. The underside of the vehicle is painted black – as in its original condition. All chrome parts have also been completely refinished and chrome-plated. All rubber seals were also renewed as part of the restoration.
The electrical system has also been completely overhauled. New cables were laid, the lighting parts were reworked and partly replaced by replicas. The very rare Veigel instruments (speedometer and rev counter) have also been completely overhauled.
The interior of the vehicle was also completely reworked. The covers used for the door panels, seat trim and carpeting correspond to the original of the vehicle. The original wood trim on the windows was sanded and painted to a high gloss.
The mechanical part of the vehicle was also disassembled as part of the restoration. The axles have been completely overhauled, the axle parts have been painted as individual parts, all wear parts have been replaced and four new Koni shock absorbers have been fitted. The brake system was also completely disassembled. New brake lines have been installed – with new brake and master cylinders, new pads and reworked brake drums. The engine is the original Type 506 and therefore a 1300 engine, which was only used in this type designation by Porsche in the period 1951-1952.
The car can be viewed by appointment at any time at our premises in 33415 Verl. A lifting platform is of course available for this purpose.
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