Categories: Air-Cooled
Auction type: Deal Tank
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Vehicle Details


  • Year: 1959
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 356A
  • VIN: 106276
  • Mileage Shown: 29,894mi (TMU)
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Title Status: Clean
  • Color: Orange
  • Seller Type: Private Party
  • Location: Helsingborg, Sweden 25481
  • Lot #: V-0045787-DT

This 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe was imported to Sweden in May 1959 by general agent Scania-Vabis and delivered by the dealer Frode Lund in Malmö finished from the factory in Sonderfarbe Orange. It first competed in 1959 at Roskilde Ring, Denmark, and after changing hands several times up until 1978, the car found its current owner beginning a remarkable 45-year ownerhsip. It was subject to an extensive bare-metal refurbishment between 1978 and 1982 and went on to compete in about 100 historic races in FIA Appendix K Class GTS 5 with an FIA Historic Technical Passport up until 2010. The car has been modified with Plexiglas windows, a lightweight Carrera GT-style interior, Carrera GT brakes, and an upgraded Super 90 engine producing up to 110 HP. After its racing career, this 356 underwent a meticulous restoration from 2015 to 2018 and was registered for street use in Sweden the following year. Boasting over four decades of unbroken ownership and authentic racing history, this road-ready 356A race car is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Sweden.

This Reutter-bodied Coupe was factory-finished in the special-order color of Orange (5711) and has been modified with dual mirrors, Plexiglas rear and side windows, aluminum bumper mounts, splash plates, leather hood straps, a Marchal Fantastic 662 spotlight, an external killswitch, and an auxiliary brake light at the top of the rear window. The bumper guards have been removed and a Carrera GT trim strip has been added. The car rides on 4.5” x 15” Lemmertz wheels dressed in Yokohama 185/65R15 tires. The refurbishment in 1978-1982 included the replacement of the floor pans, battery box, longitudinals, lock post, and repairing the rocker panels before the body was stripped to bare metal and resprayed in its original color. The car was refinished once again in 1998 following a minor accident.

The lightweight racing-style interior features new tan square weave carpeting and black leatherette upholstery along with Recaro 1328 bucket seats, a removable four-point roll bar, and a removable three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel. Other accessories include lightweight door panels with leather window straps, red four-point Sabelt/Sparco safety harnesses, a short shifter with an aluminum gear knob, tan rubber floor mats, and a body-colored dash fascia with analog VDO gauges. The handbrake has been relocated between the seats. All electronics, gauges, and lights are said to be working properly. The car’s true mileage is unknown.

Installed in 2018, the modified 356 1600 Super 90 engine (800821) was rebuilt and upgraded with Shasta 83.5mm pistons, re-bored cylinders, a reground and balanced crankshaft, new crank bearings, new valves and guides, and Mirra cut seats. It features a full-flow oil system with an auxiliary cooler in the left rear fender. There is also a small pulley, electric fuel pump, fuel filter, and a single-outlet exhaust in stainless steel. The rear wheels are driven through a Type 644 4-speed manual gearbox with BBBC ratio gearing. The gearbox has been rebuilt with new synchronizer rings, bearings, and a new clutch. Stopping power comes from 60mm Carrera GT drum brakes in front and 356B drum brakes in the rear, all with cooling coops in the backing plates. The braking system includes a dual master cylinder and stainless-steel braided lines. The chassis also includes a 19mm front sway bar, a 26mm rear torsion bar, adjustable shock absorbers, and refurbished ZF steering gear.  The car was approved for road use by Swedish authorities in 2019 and was recently serviced with fresh fluids, carburetor and brake adjustments, and wheel alignment. The seller indicates minor oil leaks are coming from the engine and gearbox.

This sale will include owner’s manuals, a spare tire, and a clean title.

 
  
  
 
 

The seller would like you to know: “A Porsche 356A coupe with 30 years on the track, now ready for the road. It isn’t a concours car, it’s an old racecar with patina, it’s a driving machine.

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  • PRRSR (seller) 2 days, 19 hoursago

    In historical racing, it is not allowed to increase the volume of the engine and to achieve 150-160hp in a 1600cc engine, one of the thing is to increase the duration on the camshaft to about 310 degrees. The engine is then difficult to drive at revs below 4000 rev/min and this means that drivability becomes poor in normal traffic. The changes made, after it was no longer raced, are milder engine, standard gear ratio in the gearbox and new interior. It has fantastic handling and is very pleasant to drive both on the street and on the track. I can build a racing engine if anyone is interested.

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 3 days, 9 hoursago

    and the gearing - not sure how unobtanium the lower 3rd and 4th gears have become which would be nice for the trackd. Perhaps the seller included the old gearing

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 3 days, 9 hoursago

    @MB-porsche was just wondering the current day cost to build an engine like the one shown in the Knutstorp video in this listing, since the engine is not matching numbers anyway. easy to change back to a hotter cam, but not sure what other differences. But I agree likely 100++ as is. Driving to the track for historic racing would be a great bonus.

  • MB-porsche (registered bidder) 3 days, 10 hoursago

    mozilla, your comments are a bit strange, and if you don't see the difference between this engine and the normal 356 engine? Just look at the muffler system and how the car is built, it races for street and track as I see the car today! and it is sure good for 100hp ++ To create an extreme race engine is not a big deal, and surely the owner will provide this info, all come done to what purpose you have for the car, I like all small details as the car is built today with this rare expensive original seats and so much more expensive details that you do not see on many modify 356 and all period correct! just look at other 356 that are modified like this and the price level is a bargain for 115K

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 3 days, 11 hoursago

    The race history much more valid in race ready mode for historical
    I wonder how many Euro to get a second case and go full race and anything else needed

    Resale value as a driver doesn’t gain from race history. Although the bragging rights and provenance are spectacular

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 3 days, 11 hoursago

    If it only had the original race engine build to swap in

  • PCARMARKET 3 days, 13 hoursago

    @Ricardo356 please submit an offer so we can discuss with the seller

  • Ricardo356 (registered bidder) 3 days, 13 hoursago

    Any flexibility here?

  • MB-porsche (registered bidder) 3 days, 14 hoursago

    It is not often you can buy a car like this with this history and provenance! then the owner has got the look 100% this is the real deal! and 45 years of ownership! can it be better? and so honestly presented!

  • 356sonny 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $91,000

  • pix912 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $88,000

  • 356sonny 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $86,000

  • pix912 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $84,000

  • 356sonny 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $82,000

  • joebatters (registered bidder) 3 days, 14 hoursago

    This Porsche is awesome.
    Hope it comes to the states!

  • pix912 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $80,000

  • 356sonny 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $78,000

  • pix912 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $75,000

  • moezilla 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $73,000

  • 356sonny 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $70,000

  • moezilla 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $63,000

  • pix912 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $60,000

  • THBuyer 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Waiting to see the bidders come in.

  • JohnBlackyoldtimer 3 days, 14 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $50,500

  • joebatters 3 days, 16 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $50,250

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 4 days, 10 hoursago

    @A1959356D everyone forgets that! I am always a little sad to see a car on one of these sites. it is a money printing business. And then there is the Motor Vehicle Agency, the local tax, and extra transport insurance makes sense. Maybe we should start a competitor to carsandbids with commission built in to the bid, and 2% seller commission. It would still be extremely profitable.

  • A1959356D (registered bidder) 4 days, 14 hoursago

    Talking expenses, dont forget the PCarmarkets 5%

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 5 days, 8 hoursago

    @EddieBrannon luckily for me, it is only 69 kilometers from home, so no need to use them and instead get a nice drive :)

  • EddieBrannon (registered bidder) 5 days, 9 hoursago

    @moezilla Yes I used West Coast Shipping for my most recent car. They are a good company.

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 5 days, 9 hoursago

    @EddieBrannon west coast is quite good
    Used them a couple of times

  • EddieBrannon (registered bidder) 5 days, 11 hoursago

    @MB-porsche I agree you have a very nice car and well worth shipping! I just wanted to clarify shipping cost to USA is near 10-11k using shared container at 3000 plus arrival Port fees and taxes, insurance at 2-3% of value, 2.5% customs duty, translation of title to English, shipping to European port from sellers location and from destination port to buyer. The costs add up.

  • PRRSR (seller) 5 days, 14 hoursago

    @EddieBrannon Prior to the sale, the shipping for a 20-foot container was investigated.
    2200 EUR, about 2400 USD. Netherlands to Miami
    2815 EUR, about 3000 USD. Netherlands to LA
    It includes handling, export clearance, lashing and securing, trucking to terminal, terminal handling and seafreight.
    Excl. local charges at destination, import duties and/or VAT, transport insurance and customs interventions.

  • MB-porsche (registered bidder) 5 days, 15 hoursago

    This is a very nice build, with all the Carrera GT DNA, and worth importing then if it costs 5-10K is a minor problem, you don't see this can of car that much with the owner's history and racing history in my mind! this thing is what it will be sold for! everything under 150K is a bargain, but this is the charm with actions,, but to build this one and get this racing history is not possible

  • EddieBrannon (registered bidder) 5 days, 16 hoursago

    @PRRSR Hi, actually shipping to US is closer to 11,000 USD adding all the duties port taxes etc. I just imported a 356 from the Netherlands two months ago. I bidded to several shippers and finally used Westo Coast shipping. all are similar in cost.

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 5 days, 17 hoursago

    my silly comment was my internal wrestling with resisting all of the pound puppies at the shelter. This is a car that wants to be adopted by an owner who will treat it well, but I don't "need" another 356! If anyone knows of any support groups for people with car addiction, please let me know.

  • moezilla (registered bidder) 6 days, 2 hoursago

    Jeg behøver ikke at adoptere denne pund hvalp
    Jeg behøver ikke at adoptere denne pund hvalp
    Jeg behøver ikke at adoptere denne pund hvalp
    I have not written lines since third grade! but this car is giving me the eye.

  • moezilla 6 days, 2 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $50,000

  • moezilla 6 days, 2 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $35,600

  • MB-porsche (registered bidder) 6 days, 12 hoursago

    This is very cool! it even beats the Emory cars with this history! This is the real deal! just amazing! The Porsche 359 1959 Carrera GT is an iconic classic car that epitomizes the design and engineering excellence of Porsche during the late 1950s./ it is buying for everybody that loves the 356 Cars! you don't see this that often comes up for sale and so tasty

  • PRRSR (seller) 1 weekago

    @witz It is the only one in Sweden in that color, no matching number but matching color!

  • witz (registered bidder) 1 weekago

    Very impressive video! Buy this and you will be the only one at Cars and Coffee with a orange 356. Very rare color....I know because I have one.

  • PRRSR (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @A1959356D Shipping from the Netherlands to Miami costs approx. 3K + VAT, to LA approx. 1K more. This is a well-maintained competion car. In competion it's important to be able to get the maxium from the car. It's not enough to come to a race-weekend in bad condition because then you might as well stay at home, look att picture #34. In connection with the sale , the engine, gearbox, brakes and wheel-suspension have been completely renovated.

  • A1959356D 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $3,560

  • A1959356D (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    Thank you PRRSR, I love the car......and am looking for a driver, I am getting to the age where I can not do a lot of the maintenance, so need some dependability, and this looks to be a good one. Thank you for taking good care of it. I must investigate the shipping expense.

  • PRRSR (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    The metal work done in the 70's fixed all rust damage. In 1998, the car was hit by an Austin Healey in a city race in Copenhagen, but it was only a minor damage in the left rear fender and then the car was repainted. There are some stone chips and paint blisters on the 24 year old paint job. The switches are for the ignition, fuel pump, horn and windshield washer pump. There is a speedometer km/h for the car.

  • A1959356D (registered bidder) 1 week, 2 daysago

    Was mot of the metal work due to rust or racing accidents?
    Is there any issue now with rust, that I should be concerned with?
    What are the eextra toggle switches for?
    I notice that the gauges are in MPH instead of KPH ?

DT: 1959 Porsche 356A Coupe Carrera GT-Style
Buy Now: $115,000 Final Bid: $91,000
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