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Buying a 1958 Porsche 356A

1958 Porsche 356 ADuring the 1958 production year, Porsche would introduce the T-2 body style to the 356A line. This reference is not used very often as visible differences are slight, however the most noticeable change was the door striker plate, which was now moved lower than in the previous models. This change can be identified by the use of three screws rather than five as in previous models. Another noticeable change was the exhaust; two exhaust pipes now exited through the lower part of the bumper guard. Cabriolet models also now sported vent windows, while Coupes would not see this change until 1960 with the T-5 body style. The 1958 engines also had Zenith twin-throat carburetors instead of the Solex single-barrels. When buying a 1958 Porsche 356A, these are some of the characteristics that you can watch for that will signify that you are indeed looking at an original classic Porsche 356A.


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1958 Porsche 356A Buyer’s Guide

When buying a 1958 Porsche 356A, one of the most important considerations to make is the overall condition of the car and the originality. You can start by looking at the documentation that comes with the car to ensure the chassis and engine numbers match Porsche records. The chassis number will generally be found stamped in the trunk area in front of the tank. The engine number, on the other hand, will be found on the base of the generator stand and also on the crankcasing behind the fan housing. While maintenance records are a plus, don’t expect that they will be complete for a vehicle of this age. This doesn’t mean the car should be passed over, but lack of history does deserve a more thorough inspection. This can be achieved by doing a pre-purchase inspection with a third party Porsche mechanic. You’ll want to have mechanics inspected, if applicable, as well as the overall condition of the car including rust and completeness. Some of the most rust-prone areas include the suspension mounting points, the longitudinal chassis members and the front and rear of the floorpans.

Purchasing a 1958 Porsche 356A is the dream of many classic car enthusiasts and collectors around the globe. When you’re ready to learn more about the 356A models currently available to you, The Beverly Hills Car Club team encourages you to contact them at your convenience. In the meantime, be sure to browse their Los Angeles classic car dealership inventory online via this website. Should you have any questions or would like to see one of their classic Porsches in person, do not hesitate to connect today! They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you find the Porsche 356A you desire.


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