A lightweight and nimble-handling European sports car made by Porsche from 1949 to 1965, the Porsche 356 has remained one of the most iconic Porsche sports cars of all time. The Porsche 356 Pre-A, the 356 models released from the beginning through 1955, represents some of the earliest models including the first 50 hand built models from the Gmund factory in Austria. Because Porsche was such a small operation at the time, particularly during the early years, not all of the very early Porsche 356 models are exactly the same. If you’re in the market for a 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A, it is important to remember this, as there are no absolutes when it comes to the early year 356 models. Generally, one of the defining characteristics of the 1953 model-year, however, is the absence of a split windshield and instead, a bent windshield. 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A’s are also easy to spot because the turn signals were moved directly below the headlights (as opposed to early models which were more in-board) and now stand alone (as opposed to those from 1954 and later, which where integrated). Additionally in 1953, round and rectangular taillights were replaced with two side-by-side round headlights known as beehive taillights. These tips will help you know you’re looking at a 1953 model.
There are many things to take into consideration when purchasing a 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A. Primarily, your main concern should be rust. These cars had minimal rust protection, so having a thorough inspection on a lift by a qualified mechanic or an expert on the 356 is important. This one step can prevent you from a very costly restoration. On the other hand, if it’s a restoration you’re after, finding the best quality body on a 356 model should be your goal. While parts are expensive and can be hard to find, the Porsche 356 Pre-A is actually a fairly easy car to work on and many choose to do it. These are just a few of the many Buyer’s Tips that the classic car experts at The Beverly Hills Car Club offer their clients and are happy to share with you. From helping buyers find unique barn-finds that have sat untouched for decades, to helping secure Porsche 356 Pre-A examples in pristine condition, their team has the knowledge and expertise to assist you no matter what your classic car goals. Their team encourages you to browse their website to learn more about the 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A and to explore their inventory of classics. Should you have any questions or would like to see a model in person; they welcome you to contact them today or to come to their Los Angeles showroom.
When you’re ready to purchase your 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A, The Beverly Hills Car Club team stands ready to assist you. Contact them today to discuss your specific dreams for a classic and to learn more about the models they currently have available to you. They look forward to hearing from you soon.
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