The launch of the second generation of Porsche 356 models, the 356A in late 1955, would bring about significant improvements over the Pre-A models. Among them, the chassis was changed, which made the cars easier to work on, and the dashboard now accommodated the three-instrument cluster that would continue throughout the remainder of production. Most notably, the windshield was changed from a bent windshield to a curved one and suspension was improved a great deal. The 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe, characterized by its fixed steel roof, also featured a new transmission, which had Porsche-design servo synchronizers. In total, approximately 7,012 units of the 356A rolled off the production floor in Stuttgart during 1959, 4,063 of which were Coupe models. Appealing to buyers who preferred the added protection from the elements and the sleek styling of the Coupe curvature, the Coupe would see excellent sales in both the European and American markets.
For those buyers interested in owning a Porsche 356A, the 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe is a great option. Due to production numbers, the 356A Coupe is relatively easier to find than its Cabriolet or Convertible D counterparts, and thanks to its steel roof, is often in better condition than the soft-top models that were exposed to the sun for decades. However, it is important to remember that the 356A is an old car with attributes that require care and consideration. Of the most concern should be rust. During this era, little to no rust protection was given to these classic Porsche models and sadly many have succumbed to corrosion. While a bit of rust does not have to turn you away from purchasing a 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe, it is important to understand the severity of the damage so you can assess any restoration or repair costs. Some of the key areas for rust include the front and rear floorpans, the longitudinal chassis members, fenders and body panels, and near the suspension mounting points. A qualified Porsche mechanic can assist you in understanding the overall condition of any potential purchase.
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