1952 Porsche 356

€460,000 ($557,796)
Sale Price
€450,000 ($545,670) - €575,000 ($697,245)
Est. Range
13 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis no. 11247; Engine no. 30319. Dunkelgrun over beige leatherette with cloth inserts. 1488/60hp, 4-speed, Telefunken radio.

Evaluation: Very early Model 51 356 with Reutter body, split windshield and bumpers mounted directly to the body. Original 1488-cc engine replaced by a 1300-cc unit in the 1950s but now carries a correct 1488-cc Type 527 engine. Found in a Wisconsin garage in the 1990s but not restored until recently. Wears its original colors and has done only 123 km since completion. Nothing to nitpick. It’s fresh and gorgeous as well as an extremely rare piece from early on in Porsche’s lineage.

Bottom Line: Initially not sold at a €425,000 ($515,000) high bid, then reported sold at this amount. Either one is a massive number and this is among the most expensive Pre-A 356 coupes ever sold.

by Andrew Newton
23 February 2021
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