From the beginning of production in 1950 to the release of the second variant (the 356A) in late 1955, German automaker Porsche would produce 10,466 Porsche 356 Pre-A models. Of those, approximately 1,409 would be Pre-A Cabriolet models. While the higher proportion of Coupe models (7,157 units) makes them the most readily available, the Cabriolet models were some of the finest and most desired. The 1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet is an interesting model-year, however, because it marked the change from the split windshield to the bent windshield, which is curved in the center and at each edge. The is one of the defining characteristics of these early model Porsche 356 classics and can help you identify a Pre-A model from a later 356A. If you’re thinking about buying a 1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet, or any 356 model, it is important to mention that due to an overwhelming interest in these cars, you’re unlikely to find a real bargain. It is also important to remember that these cars are more than five decades old. Unless you are purchasing a model that has been meticulously maintained or completely restored, you should expect a certain amount of wear and tear.
The value of any 1952 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet will be based almost completely on its condition. Due to the high cost of restoration, quality examples are, of course, the most sought-after and can be difficult to find. With very little variation within the Pre-A designation, it is best to leave yourself some wiggle room on the model-year you require and to focus on purchasing the most complete example you can find. Additionally, mechanics on the Porsche 356 are generally easy to work on and long lived; focus on the body. These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club can assist you with in your search for a classic Porsche 356. As a California classic car dealership based in Los Angeles, they have years of experience helping buyers just like you find the perfect classics for their collection.
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