Lot 120

The Don Davis Collection

1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super 'Sunroof' Coupe by Reutter


$176,000 USD | Sold

United States | Fort Worth, Texas



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  • Rare transitional T1/T2 model
  • Complete with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
  • Concours-quality restoration
  • Test miles only since completion

75 bhp, 1,582 cc horizontally-opposed OHV 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.

Built on May 3, 1957, this 356A T1 Reutter Coupe sat untouched in a Southern California garage from the 1980s until its recent restoration. A transition T1/T2 chassis, it is one built in a three month period, from March to May 1957. These transition cars had some T2 characteristics. This car retains the T1 high door striker but with the T2 teardrop taillights. These unique production characteristics, along with its rare color combination, sunroof, and 1600S, make it extremely rare, perhaps unique.

A matching-numbers car, with factory stamps on the hood hinge, engine cover, driver and passenger doors, sunroof panel, and transmission, it received a bare-metal, concours-quality restoration at Paras Autos, the Westminster, California, shop of renowned 356 expert and concours judge Louis Paras. Paras rebuilt the engine, while the transmission was done by Jacques Le Friant. The concours-quality chrome is the work of craftsman Victor Miles.

Painted in the original silver metallic, it has a green leather interior, in place of the original green leatherette. In addition to the sunroof, it is equipped as originally delivered, with a Blaupunkt Bremen dual-band radio, Lemmerz chrome ventilated wheels, side spears, and an electric antenna. It also has the rare and desirable 80-liter Carrera fuel tank. The restoration was completed in 2011.

No detail was overlooked in the restoration; the result is virtually flawless. Driven test miles only since completion, it is in exceptional condition. It comes with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and photographs documenting the restoration. A rare and desirable color combination really sets this car apart from any other.