The last of the models produced before the release of the Porsche 356A, the 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet saw approximately 270 units roll off the production floor at the German automakers Stuttgart facilities. Interestingly, there are very few ways to distinguish a 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A from the 356A. One of the ways is by the new type of hood handle that emerged during 1955. It was a bigger and much longer handle that donned the Porsche crest. While it would also be used on the 356A models if you can find a Pre-A body style example with the 356A style hood handle, you can pretty much guarantee that you’re looking at a 1955 Porsche 356 model. It is always recommended, however, that you authenticate any example you’re seriously considering purchasing by matching the chassis and engine numbers to Porsche records. Many sellers take care of this step for you and request a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity from the company prior to selling. If the car you’re looking at does not have a Certificate of Authenticity, do not be afraid to ask for one.
In addition to authenticity, one of your other concerns when buying a 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet should be rust. Most likely, unless you’re looking at fully restored examples, most classic Porsche 356 models available to you will have rust damage to some extent. You should be focused on finding the model within your budget that has the least amount of rust and body damage. Restoration costs on these classics can be quite high, and paying a little bit more now for a good condition Porsche 356 could save you thousands when it comes time to restore it. Lastly, because you’re interested in a Cabriolet model, be sure to inspect the mechanics of the convertible top. While the fabric is not necessarily the main concern, you should look for a model that has properly functioning top to save on restoration costs. These are just a few of the classic car Buyer’s Tips that the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club has put together for the 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet based on their years of experience buying and selling Porsches in the classic car marketplace.
If you’re thinking about buying a 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to speak with you and to introduce you to their inventory of classic 356 models. A California classic car dealership based in Los Angeles, they look forward to hearing from you soon and to seeing the Porsche 356 you desire roll into your garage. Connect today!
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