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In October 1955, Porsche released the 356A, which was the first major variation in the widely popular Porsche 356 line. While the 1956 Porsche 356 looked very similar, it actually represented quite an update. Styling was subtly altered, with the most obvious changes being slim rocker rub rails and a one-piece curved windshield without a vertical crease. Coupe, Roadster and Speedster models were continued, and the Speedster’s top-frame bows rose approximately 2.5-inches to improve headroom. Perhaps one of the key changes, yet one that was less noticeable, was the change from 16 to 15-inch diameter wheels with a new “super wide” 4.5-inch breadth. Tires were correspondingly fatter to accommodate. Several changes were also made to the interior, the most significant being a new flat-faced panel dash with padded top and a radio mounting slot. Speedster models remained plain and did not receive this update. At this time, Porsche also updated its engines to offer a 1300 normal and super, a new 1600N and 1600S, and the 1500GS (only the last three were available in America).
Looking to purchase a Classic Porsche?
Whether you’re searching for a Porsche 356A to restore or you’ve had your eye on a particular 1956 Porsche 356 model for years, it would be the great pleasure of The Beverly Hills Car Club to assist you in purchasing your next classic. A renowned California classic car dealership, The Beverly Hills Car Club has the industry connections and resources to help you find, negotiate and secure the car of your dreams. Having helped countless clients in this endeavor, they offer the following Buyer’s Tips. First, when buying any classic, be sure to do your research on availability and value. If you’re not sure the value of a particular classic, their team can assist. Secondly, it is imperative to correctly differentiate between 356A, 356B, 356C and 356 Pre-A models, as this can determine variation in value. Lastly, it is always a plus to have documentation regarding owner history and/or restoration and maintenance. Securing these documents can mean added value to your classic.
Should you have any questions or would like to browse the 1956 Porsche 356 inventory currently available at The Beverly Hills Car Club, please do not hesitate to browse this website at your leisure. The team is always just a phone call away and looks forward to assisting you in your search. Connect today to learn more!
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