1957 Porsche 356A 1500 Carrera GS

Engine No. P90785
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Older Restoration
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Chassis No. 58295, Engine No. P90785. Red over tan. 1498-cc, 100-hp H-4, 4-speed manual. Carrera engine, spare 1722-cc SC engine included, Spyder D second gear, steel wheels, mesh headlight stone guards, vinyl-wrapped steering wheel, CoA, Kardex copy.

Evaluation: Older restoration | Replacement engine rebuilt 1500 miles ago, original gearbox. Excellent older paint, with one crack below the front emblem and one chip. Decent older chrome and brightwork. Cracked switchgear. Chrome seat supports are pitting. Seats are creased and sagging in the middle. A genuine Carrera four-cam in driver condition.

Bottom Line: The original four-cam GS engine still exists in a Carrera GT in California, creating an opportunity to meld the two and make this a fully numbers-matching Carrera GS worth over $750,000, albeit at significant expense. Offered at Quail last year, where it was bid to $420,000. Back again here as a late addition to the docket, the result is reasonable.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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