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Buying a 1959 Porsche 356A

1959 Porsche 356 AThe 1959 Porsche 356A was the last year of production prior to the release of the newest generation, the 356B. Offered as a Coupe, Cabriolet and Convertible D, the 1959 Porsche 356A featured the T-2 body type, which had only minor changes from the styling of the original 356A. The 356A was distinguished from the Pre-A models that it followed by the shape of its windshield. The Pre-A 356 models, which were retired in 1955, offered a split or bent windshield, while the 356A boasted a curved windshield. The 356A can also be distinguished from the 356B generation that would replace it by the new T-5 body type that was released during 1960; the most striking features being the flatter hood, massive chrome handle and larger bumpers. These are just a few of the ways to identify the 1959 Porsche 356A from the models that both preceded and followed it. For collectors and enthusiasts, purchasing a 356A can be quite attainable, as approximately 7,012 models (whether in Coupe, Cabriolet or Convertible D form) were manufactured during this production year.

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1959 Porsche 356A Buyer’s Guide

The most important Buyer’s Tip that the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club can provide to potential buyers is to inspect the car thoroughly for rust. While rust does not have to be an instant turn-off, knowing the extent of rust can save you thousands of dollars in restoration costs down the road. Cars of this age had very little in the way of rust protection and the 356’s rarity means that panels and chassis parts can be expensive to replace, particularly because they are remanufactured on such a small scale. If you plan on hiring someone for restoration, you’ll also want to take into consideration labor costs, as this is a specialist field and can be costly if done correctly. When previewing any potential 1959 Porsche 356A for purchase, always be sure to have a third party, pre-purchase inspection completed to understand the overall condition of the car. Even if the car is just a rolling chassis with a box of parts, having the guidance of a professional can be widely beneficial. The Beverly Hills Car Club can connect you with an expert in your area.

When you’re ready to learn more about the 1959 Porsche 356A, the California classic car dealership professionals at the Beverly Hills Car Club look forward to being of assistance. In the meantime, they welcome you to browse their online inventory to see if they have a classic Porsche 356 that may suit your needs. Connect today to learn more.

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