Despite being relatively expensive for its day in the United States, coupes started at $4,200 in the early 1950’s, which was on par with Cadillac prices of the day the Porsche 356 found its audience quickly after its debut. More expensive than the MG or the Triumph TR2, yet more sophisticated in styling and comfort, the 356’s growing pedigree on the racing circuit over the next few years would solidify its place in the European sports car market. First launched in 1949, the 1950 Porsche 356 Pre-A would be one of the first Porsche production cars to hit the streets; many of which were still being built by hand at Porsche’s temporary facilities in Gmund, Austria. The early Porsche 356 models produced at the Gmund facility were handcrafted in aluminum, but when production was moved to Germany in the midst of 1950, models became steel-bodied. For this reason, it is not uncommon to find both types of bodies available during the 1950 model-year.
If you’ve been considering buying a 1950 Porsche 356 Pre-A, it is important to start by reviewing the documentation on the car, making note of the engine and chassis numbers to ensure they match those on the car. You’ll find the chassis number stamped in the trunk area in front of the tank. The engine number can be found on the generator stand and also on the crankcase itself, which is behind the fan housing. You can also check with the Porsche register to see if there is any history or information available on the car. Because the Porsche 356 Pre-A is such a desirable collector’s car, there are many replicas and kit cars out there that disguise themselves as originals. It is imperative that you check the authenticity of any model you are considering purchasing. Other Buyer’s Tips for the 1950 356 Pre-A include a thorough examination for rust, including the suspension mounting points and the front and rear floorpans. Mechanically, you’ll find a wide range of examples from 356 models with no engine to 356 models with completely rebuilt engines. This is ultimately your preference, but you should always have mechanics checked out by a third-party inspector. For more Buyer’s Tips such as these, The Beverly Hills Car Club welcomes you to contact them today!
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