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By the early 1950s the very first Porsche, the type 356 had gained fame among enthusiasts around the world for its aerodynamics, surefooted handling, and excellent build quality.
A class win at Le Mans in 1951 launched the Type 356 further into the stratosphere with production spanning another 13 years eventually giving rise to the vaunted 911 and making it one of the all-time great sports cars- forever associated with names like James Dean and Janis Joplin.
With a lightweight, aerodynamic design, beautifully sculpted interior appointments and a silky-smooth synchromesh transmission mated to a punchy 4 cylinder boxer engine the 356 offers arguably the most pure and enjoyable drive of any classic- hence their world renowned popularity today.
This very early and rare Porsche 356 Pre A was delivered new on the 13th of July 1953 by Hoffmans, New York.
Still featuring its correct Beige Corduroy interior trim this car still importantly carries the one-piece 'vee' windscreen - typical of late pre-'A' models, the superior optional 1.5-litre engine and its original 16 inch wheels.
Restored some years ago and presenting in excellent condition both inside and out this excellently maintained 356 Pre-A still features its original Telefunken radio and signature green dials with all Bakelite fittings in mint condition including the original steering wheel.
Likewise, the exterior still features the original impact bumpers with overriders, correct Bosch headlights and even the original Sekurit glass is still present and in fantastic condition.
A short drive shows why these cars are so well-liked by enthusiasts and collectors around the world. The gear change, steering feedback and weight of the pedals feels as if they were all cut from one piece- perfectly balanced and quintessentially Porsche.
Excellently prepared and rarely available in such turn-key condition this rare 356 Pre A offers its next owner not only great investment opportunity as values continue to climb internationally, the drive is undeniably addictive- an event a soon as you enter the cockpit for that weekend adventure.