The Porsche 356, one of the most iconic designs in automotive history, first launched in 1949 and would see the streets until it was discontinued in 1965. During this exceptional run as one of the finest sports cars ever built, the Porsche 356 would see more than 76,000 units roll off the production line during its lifetime. Today, while all 356 models are highly desired, the early models are perhaps some of the rarest. Known as the Pre-A, an unofficial designation used to help distinguish them from the later 356A models, the early Porsche 356 boasted a sleek design and attractive curvature that affluent buyers simply could not resist. The 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet can be distinguished from the later 356A models thanks to the ’51 offering a two-piece windshield, 16-inch wheels, a small polished-aluminum hood handle, and a shine down license plate lamp with the light assembly mounted above, not below, the plate. If you’re looking for an early Porsche 356, these characteristics can help you distinguish the model-year of the car you’re looking at.
One of the benefits to purchasing a 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet, compared with other makes and models of this era, is that Porsche mechanics are generally long lived. However, you should always check for things like good oil pressure, oil leaks and excessive smoke, and should take the 356 to a mechanic that specializes in these classic Porsche models to ensure you’re fully aware of any issues the model may have. If there is a downside to purchasing an early model 356, it is the worry of rust. These Pre-A Cabriolet models can be riddled with rust, particularly if they were not taken care of during their early years. Because body panels can be difficult to find and repair, be sure to purchase the most complete example that you can find. Doing so will save you a considerable amount of money in restoration. These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club is happy to share with you based on their years of experience in the classic car market.
Are you ready to buy a 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet? Do you need more information on the Porsche brand or the classics that are most desirable? Have you explored The Beverly Hills Car Club inventory and would like to schedule a showing? Connect with the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club today to learn more and to speak with a representative of their California classic car dealership today. They look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to help you find the classic Porsche you desire.
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