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Buying a 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet

1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A CabrioletThe Porsche 356 is not only one of the most iconic designs to come from the German automaker during the early 1950s, but throughout the lifetime of the brand – even today. Recognized for its iconic curvature, clean lines and meticulous workmanship, today the Porsche 356 models, particularly the earliest 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet model, are some of the most sought-after in the classic car market as a whole. The 1948 Pre-A 356 was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine sports car designed by Ferdinand Ferry Porsche. Ferry was the son of Ferdinand Porsche, who was the founder of the company. Available as both a hardtop Coupe model and as a Cabriolet, the open-air version was the most popular, and retains that title today. In total, the Porsche 356 Pre-A models, which ran from 1948 to 1955, would see approximately 7,627 units come off the production floor. The 1948 models, being the original, hand-built models prior to series production, are the most coveted of the Pre-A.

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1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet Buyer’s Guide

If you’re looking to buy a 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet, or any Porsche 356, you’ve come to the right place for Buyer’s Tips and Guides that will help you not only identify these early models, but also the important considerations to make while looking at potential purchases. While considerations like checking for rust, inspecting mechanics and completeness, and the overall condition of the model are always important, with these early models, simply finding one can be a great achievement. Should you find a Porsche 356 Pre-A to purchase, body condition will be important, as these early models were handcrafted in aluminum prior to becoming steel-bodied in 1950. However, perhaps your main concern should be whether you are indeed looking at an original. Because these Porsche 356 models are so idolized, many kit cars have been produced over the years. Unsuspecting buyers can end up purchasing a reproduction model that has a significantly lower value than that of an original. To ensure you’ve found an original, be sure to check engine and chassis numbers against Porsche records. The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist you with this very important step.

The Beverly Hills Car Club, a California classic car dealership with a worldwide reputation for fair and honest car deals, is always on the lookout for new classics to add to their collection. Be sure to check their online inventory to view the 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet models currently available to you. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Connect with a team member today to discuss your specific requirements. They are always just a phone call away and welcome the opportunity to help you find the classic car you’ve always dreamed of. Connect today!

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