1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 "Split-Window" Cabriolet

We are pleased to present this highly sought-after 1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A "Split-Window" 1300cc Cabriolet finished in its original color combination of Pascha Red over Beige leather.  Completed on September 8th, 1951 and delivered new to its first owner in Argentina where it would remain for over 30 years, this 356 was eventually purchased by a German buyer who shipped the car to the U.S. before having it exported to Germany.  The car underwent a complete nut and bolt restoration to an exceptionally high standard shortly after and it remained in Germany until changing hands again in 2017.  In the past few years after its most recent owner purchased it, this 356 had been imported back into the U.S.  Retaining its original number’s matching drivetrain, this concours-grade 1300 Split-Window Cabriolet is now being offered for auction by CPR Classic in California.

During its recent restoration, this 356 was completely dissasembled and refinished in its correct factory color of Pascha Red.  All of the brightwork was also fully restored and the exterior finish is reported to be in immaculate concours condition (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery).  This early Reutter-bodied 356 can be distinguished by its smoother front fascia and the raised level of its headlights as well as its distinctive Split-Window design front windscreen.  Factory 16” wheels are equipped which are date stamped and color matched in Pascha Red with chrome hubcaps.

Inside, the Beige leather cabin has been painstakingly restored to its original factory specifications with all new upholstery and carpeting.  The steering wheel was left unrestored and the original Blaupunkt radio is said to remain fully functional. 

Introduced in 1951, the type 506 1300cc flat-four engine boasted a revised Volkswagen crankcase with a forged steel crankshaft and light alloy cylinder barrels. In comparison to its 1100cc predecessor with cast-iron cylinders, this amounted to considerable weight savings.  Approximately 44HP is sent to the rear wheels through a number’s matching 4-speed manual gearbox.  The engine was fully rebuilt during the recent restoration with only 11km driven since.  Having been completely gone through by CPR Classic, this 356 is said to be in brilliant mechanical order, fully prepared for driving and concours events.

The sale of this rare Split-Window 356 will include a key, records, tools, a jack, Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the factory Kardex.  A truly special opportunity for any avid Porsche collector, this coveted 1300 “Split-Window” Cabriolet is not to be missed.

Auction Results

  • Highest Offer: No bids
  • Auction End: 2020-11-11 19:31:01+00:00
  • Number of Offers: 0
viewed 14,214 times saved 18 times

Comments (0)

  • jurryouter11 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $340,000

  • silocooper (registered bidder) 9 months, 3 weeksago

    What a wonderful early example of the legendary 356. Split windows in this condition are as rare as hens teeth. I’m in awe. GL to seller and new owner whoever that may be

  • Quail5steps 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $335,000

  • cratercox2 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $325,000

  • Sanfransole 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $275,000

  • rwilson5717 (registered bidder) 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Thank you all for bringing this car to auction. For those of us who have walked this walk This is a truly beautifully restored Piece of history and work of art. The pictures alone document the hundreds of hours spent on this project. I’m not sure all of the commenters understand the the effort, time, commitment, and dedication required to pull this off. I can state for a fact the current bid would not come close to the restoration cost, much less the intrinsic value of the car. I have no affiliation with the seller, nor do I know them, but I am a 356 Pre-A owner and am amazed at this car. One can nit pick an auction to death but to be able to own such a rare piece of history and protect it for future generations would be an honor. Good luck to bidders and sellers...

  • dennisconnie2 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Please take some pictures outside in
    the sun with the top up and down. Is the top raised and lowered electronically?

  • Calvinforman8 9 months, 3 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $250,000

  • CPR_Classic (seller) 9 months, 4 weeksago

    @TheBaron The import, customs duties and shipping on the car were paid by RM when the car came into the country for auction. We reimbursed RM for the duties and shipping when we purchased the car after the auction ended (we have wire transfer receipts showing this). The car is absolutely free and clear of any duties due, any liens and is currently on a German title. If need be, we can have the car transferred to a US title for the new buyer. We are happy to provide all of this documentation to a prospective buyer for peace of mind. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

  • Craignyc (registered bidder) 9 months, 4 weeksago

    What a beautiful car. If I didn’t have a 356 already I would be tempted.

  • TheBaron (registered bidder) 9 months, 4 weeksago

    Sotheby’s auctioned this car two years ago (October 27, 2018) at Porsche’s 70th anniversary Celebration at PCNA headquarters In Atlanta. I was there and as I remember, it did not come close to the reserve. This car was shipped from Germany for the PCNA auction with several other cars from the same collection. They were brought into the country on a "temporary" visa for the auction so the winning bidder should find out if any long overdue customs/import duties & fees might be owed.

  • Jtg356 9 months, 4 weeksago

    Bid in the amount of $53,000

  • bretster 10 monthsago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000

  • Porsche415 (registered bidder) 10 monthsago

    Meticulous. In picture 74, to the right of the radio, the thrid accessory buttons.. ..H for heater? then the middle and the missing 3rd accessory??? Is/was it a warning lamp, cig lighter??

  • WOLFVISIONAIRE 10 monthsago


  • dennisconnie2 10 monthsago


Leave a comment

1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 "Split-Window" Cabriolet
No offers. Final Bid: $340,000