Released from late 1955, the Porsche 356A offered significant improvements over the previous and rather primitive 356 Pre-A models. Among the changes included a change to the chassis, which made the car easier to work on, and a new instrument cluster and modified dash. Suspension was also improved, giving owners a better and more comfortable ride. During the 1957 production year, there were also a few cosmetic changes to the 1957 Porsche 356A. This was the first year that bumper overrider bars on cars exported to the United States were used for added protection. The first 1957 models featured single overrider bars on the front and rear with beehive taillights, while later in 1957 the taillights were changed to a teardrop design. Another indication that you’re looking at a late-model 1957 Porsche 356A is if the license plate light is positioned below the plate, as at the beginning of the year it was positioned above. These are just a few of the small details that can indicate the particular model-year of the Porsche 356A you’re looking at. As with all classic Porsche 356 models, it is imperative to confirm the car’s authenticity prior to purchase as a mistake could cost you thousands.
Another major defining feature of the 1957 Porsche 356A and other 356A models is the shape of the windshield. In fact, this is the major defining feature between the Pre-A models and the 356A models that would follow. For the production of the 356A, Porsche changed the windshield shape from a split or bent windshield (when looking down on the car) to a curved windshield that forms a smooth arc from one side of the car to the other.
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