1958 Porsche 356A Cabriolet For Sale in California
Location: Grass Valley, California
Matching Numbers Car!
This is a Reutter Bodied 1958 Porsche 356A Cabriotlet located in Grass Valley, California. These are rare cars with only 1382 Reutter Cabriolets built in 1958. Seller states this car has race history and still has its matching numbers engine and transmission. Amazing! The Certificate of Authenticty (COA) is included along with California Title. The engine has been rebuilt and has a few oil leaks but still runs strong. The side glass is original but it has a newer windshield installed. Its a good solid car with some documented rally and race history. It is not a garage queen. I would say its a survivor and worth considering for your collection. Porsche enthusiasts will love to see this one.
1. Early Porsche
2. Engine numbers matching COA
3. Transmission numbers matching COA
4. Panels number matching VIN
5. Very original
6. Cabriolet open car
7. Factory hardtop
8. Single family-owned
9. Purchased in California
10. California title included
11. Raced in many events in the Southwest
What are your thoughts on the price?
Reference: A non matching car will sell for $130,000.
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Contact: Bill (619) 200-3926
1958 model year
body type a T-2
5990 units manufactured
Reutter Coupe 3670
Reutter Cabrio 1382
Convertible “D” 386
60 bhp, 1,582 cc horizontally-opposed OHV four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, torsion bar swing axle independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
This car, VIN 150432 was originally purchased from Catron Motors in Pomona, California in 1958 by the caretaker’s father, and has lived its entire life in California. The engine number is 69645 which matches the Certificate of Authenticity. The transmission is 19646 which also matches the Certificate of Authenticity. The car’s original bumpers have been lost to Time, but the original wheels with a set of tires are included with the sale. This car was ordered with a factory hardtop and tonneau, and no cabriolet soft-top. The original factory hardtop is included.
The engine was rebuilt many years ago, has a few oil leaks and runs very strong; probably a big bore kit and cam were installed, along with a Bursch exhaust. The owner added an “interesting” capacitive discharge ignition system; it isn’t original but runs perfect and kind of grows on you. The transmission shifts smoothly in all gears but the second gear synchro is starting to show signs of a little wear, and the clutch bites correctly with no slippage. On the road, the car handles beautifully with current day tires and Mangle wheels, and is a joy to drive.
And as you can see by the dash plaques, this car was in events at the dawn of Sports Car racing in the United States. Great historical and personal history. The car was extensively raced in gymkhanas, time trials, rallies and slalom events in the California and Nevada; most of the trophies has been lost but several still exist.
The interior was redone by an outfit in Arizona in the 2000’s and is in fine shape despite the material used. It was also resprayed the original black. The Optima battery is about three years old and works perfectly. There is a 3mm-sized rust hole in the battery area because of the older lead-acid batteries. No other rust on the car.
The side glass pieces are original and a newer windshield is fitted. The rear license plate light was damaged but comes with the car. The mileage on the odometer is lacking the sixth digit so assume the car has 129,466 miles, and counting.
Number 432 is stamped on the rear deckled, indicating that panel is original to the car.
What do you think?