- Fully documented restoration completed in 2014
- Beautiful period-correct colour scheme
- Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and copy of the Kartex
Completed on 30 June 1955 and delivered new to the U.S., this early and very elegant Porsche 356 1500 “Bent-windshield” Coupé enjoyed regular usage until 1968. With its odometer reading a mere 44,000 miles (70,800 km), it was placed into a rural barn in California. Over time, its condition deteriorated, but it remained complete and unmolested. It was recovered and exported to France just a few years ago. This rare and very desirable Reutter coupé was first subjected to a comprehensive inspection and appraisal and found to be complete, undamaged and rust-free.
It was entrusted to 356 expert Ever Green Cars in Casalmaiocco, near Milan, Italy, where it was given a careful bare-metal restoration that consumed hundreds of hours over a two-year period from 2013–2014. Originally finished in Pearl Gray with a red leatherette interior, the new owner selected the lovely 1953 factory colour of Palm Green (R526) with complementary beige upholstery. The interior features factory-correct materials and is highlighted by a vintage Telefunken radio restored by a German audio specialist. A set of 15-in. whitewall tires present a delightful contrast. The consignor states that all mechanical components were properly overhauled.
Since its completion several years ago, this rare and delightful little Porsche coupé has been driven minimally, but those short jaunts have included several tourist rallies and weekend jaunts near Cannes. The owner has installed a hand-priming fuel pump to allow easier starting when the car is revived after winter storage. The car is supplied with a FIVA registration dated 2014, a comprehensive file of restoration photographs, a complete tool roll and jack, plus matching green luggage.
Perfect as is for vintage rallying, touring and club events, or perhaps returned to its original colour scheme for Concours entry, this elegant early 356 awaits its next proud owner.