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Pre-Owned 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Located in Houston, Texas

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Price:
$ 375,991.00
Condition:
Used
Mileage:
69,360 mi
Exterior Color:
Silver
Interior Color:
Blue
Transmission:
4-Speed Manual
Stock #:
S60870
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):
00000000000060870

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1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet


Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis No. 60870


Beginning in 1950 and following the move from Gmund, Austria, to Stuttgart, Germany, Porsche commenced series production of stylish and upscale 356-based Cabriolet models, with approximately 40 examples built by both the Reutter and Glaser coachworks in Germany. By 1954, production increased yearly, with the luxurious, well-appointed, and expensive models enjoying growing popularity among well-heeled driving enthusiasts. Thanks to their fixed windscreens, snugly layered folding tops, and well-bolstered seats, Porsche's early convertibles were an ideal choice for lengthy and highly spirited cross-country drives.

During 1955, Porsche's American importer Max Hoffman was brainstorming new ways to enhance the appeal of the 356 to his discerning clientele. Taking note of the cachet provided by names, such as Bel Air or Fairlane applied to the upper-level Chevrolets and Fords of the era, Hoffman convinced Porsche management to begin placing stylish gold "Continental" scripts to a number of well-equipped Pre-A 356 Cabriolets in 1955.


However, production of the Continental-badged Porsches ended quickly when Ford Motor Company filed suit against Porsche for sole rights to the use of the Continental name. Since Ford already owned and used the Continental trademark and was planning to revive the name for their upcoming Continental Mk II and its new corporate brand, Porsche complied. As a result, only about 230 Porsche 356 Continentals were produced in all, including this very fine example.


Highlights

One of Approximately 230 Examples Produced

Painstakingly Executed and Preserved Late 1990s Restoration

An Exceptionally Attractive and Fascinating Early 356 Model

Many Improvements for Enhanced Drivability


Specifications

1,582 CC Air-Cooled Flat-4 Engine

Twin Downdraft Carburetors

60 BHP at 4,500 RPM

4-Speed Manual Gearbox in Rear Transaxle

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

4-Wheel Independent Suspension


This 356 Continental is reported to have been initially titled in Kentucky. During the early to mid-1990's, a prominent New Jersey-based collector specializing in rare European cars acquired the Continental from Ken Daugherty of Louisville, Kentucky, who was known to Porsche aficionados as a Pre-A 356 expert. While the Continental was quite sound, a painstaking comprehensive restoration was commissioned and performed by marque specialist Dave Norr of CB Restorations in New England. The Porsche was primarily stored with only several hundred miles covered since work was completed in 2008. Mechanical restoration highlights include installation of a peppier 1,600 cc unit, which was fitted with a new camshaft. All mechanicals were extensively rebuilt and restored, the Continental is equipped with upgraded 12-volt electrics for reliability and operating ease. This fascinating, rare, and superb Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet will make a fantastic addition to any well-curated collection of the rarest and most interesting early Porsche classics.
Price: $ 375,991.00
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) 00000000000060870
Stock Number S60870
Mileage 69,360 mi
Transmission 4-Speed Manual
Engine
Drivetrain
Brakes
Exterior Color Silver
Interior Color Blue
Standard Equipment