Often called the “Pre-A”, the 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A was a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car that used pan and body construction. Designed by Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche, son of Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company, the Porsche 356 Pre-A would become one of the most iconic Porsche cars ever built. While it originally relied heavily on Volkswagen parts, by the late 1950s, Ferry had re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance. These early Pre-A Porsche 356 models were also handcrafted in aluminum, however, when the production moved to German in 1950, models would become steel-bodied. For this reason, these original Pre-A Porsches are highly sought-after. Because these were built by hand, it actually took Porsche almost two years to manufacture its first 50 examples. These first 50, some of which are the 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A are some of the most valuable and rare in the Porsche lineup.
With a very limited production run during its day, it is easy to understand why so few of the 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A models exist today. Generally speaking, Buyer’s Tips for these models include checking for rust, inspecting mechanics, and the overall soundness of the vehicle, however, finding any 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A would be a great accomplishment. One important point to mention is the many reproductions that have been done over the years. The unsuspecting buyer may be taken advantage of by these replicas if they have not done their homework. Checking for authenticity means matching engine and chassis numbers with Porsche records to ensure you are indeed looking at a 1948 Pre-A 356. As experts in the classic car market, the California classic car dealership professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist you in finding, negotiating and purchasing the 356 you desire. Whether you’re looking for a restoration project or a pristine example of a 356, connect with them today to begin your search.
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