This is a big weekend for Porsche fans as the company honors the 70th anniversary of its very first sports car, the original rear-engine Porsche 356 roadster, being registered on June 8, 1948.
So naturally, the Pick of the Day is an early convertible, a 1954 Porsche 356 1500 Super Cabriolet, an example of what is now referred to as a Pre-A, wearing the “bent” windshield that was itself an update from the earliest two-piece front-glass models.
Built from 1948 to the end of the 356 line in 1965 with the emergence of the 911, the 365 first established Porsche as a maker of nimble and durable sports cars that were also “giant killers” on the race track.
This Cabriolet has been totally restored and is “100% show ready,” according to the Denver dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“This vehicle recently underwent a full nut-and-bolt restoration using the correct parts,” the dealer says in the ad. “Over $40,000 (receipts included) was spent rebuilding the engine alone … You will not find a better example of such a rare car anywhere in the world.”
Starting with a rust-free body in black, the restoration made it “perfect and as close to factory correct as possible,” the dealer says, with a new Hartz top, redone gauges and an interior refinished in correct tan leather.
The Porsche is powered by a period-correct replacement engine that has been completely rebuilt and updated with an improved modern crankshaft, with and all internal parts replaced or rebuilt within the two-piece engine case, the dealer says, adding that the original roller-bearing crank is included in the sale.
Early Porsche 356 Cabriolets in original or restored condition have held steady with high values, and this one is priced at a strong $274,900. Porsche Speedster models from the same era have been selling for around 50 percent more, and Cabriolets are expected to rise as well if the trends hold steady.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.