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Lot 145

1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Cabriolet by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 150730
  • Engine no. 82295
  • Gearbox no. 20790

Sold for $198,000


88 bhp, 1,582 cc OHV horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, swing axle independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

  • Revered Porsche 356 A 1600 Super
  • Matching-numbers engine and transmission
  • Superb fresh restoration


While the 911 is Porsche’s longest-lived model, it was the 356 that established the marque’s sterling reputation. More than 76,000 were built from 1948 to 1965: coupes, cabriolets, and speedsters. While its basic form changed little, there were several generations. The first cars, with split windshields, continued through 1954. Six engines were offered, three of them available in the United States: 1,100, 1,300, and 1,500 cubic centimeters. The larger two were available in “S” (Super) form with upgraded crankshafts, bearings and camshafts, plus a larger carburetor and higher compression.

An updated model, the 356 A, debuted in 1956, with curved windshield and modified suspension. A new “1600” engine replaced the old 1.5-liter powerplant, and it, too, had a Super version, now making 88 horsepower. A new instrument panel included a tachometer and a fuel gauge (previous cars had relied on a reserve ration). A lowered floor afforded extra leg room in a surprisingly spacious little car.

By far, most Porsche bodies were built by Reutter of Stuttgart. Karosseriesfabrik Reutter & Co. had a long alliance with Porsche. Established in 1906, the firm was an early user of aluminum and also pioneered lightweight bodies using Weymann fabric patents. They had built prototypes for Ferdinand Porsche in 1932, for the genesis of the Volkswagen, and also bodied BMWs and Mercedes in the thirties. When the Porsche company returned to Germany from Austria in 1950, Reutter leased them some factory space for car production, and built the early bodies.

This 1600 S Cabriolet is an exceptionally well–dialed-in example. The deep rich black paint highlights an extremely straight body with excellent contours and panel fit. It has a white convertible top and the upholstery is done in brown leather. The dashboard is fitted with a Blaukpunkt multi-band radio. It drives every bit as well as it looks. The car benefits from a full restoration, less than 250 miles ago, and careful maintenance. It has been recently serviced by European Car Specialists of Costa Mesa, California.

Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming its Super pedigree and production on 17 July 1958, this 356 is bound to please the most discerning Porschephile.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more