1958 Porsche 356A T2 SUPER Cabriolet
1st in class in Full Concour at the 33rd Annual 356 Club Southern California Concours which was held Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. 295.8 out of 300 possible points. The 356 Club of Southern California Concours is the largest 356 Porsche only judged event in the world.
European Collectibles performed a full concour restoration on this 1958 356A SUPER Cabriolet over a 24-month period from 2015 to 2017. During the restoration, this 356 was completely disassembled so that every aspect could be properly addressed. Everything has been rebuilt including the 1600cc SUPER engine, manual 4-speed transmission, and drum brake system. Offered with tools, books, boot cover and Kardex confirming matching decks, doors and SUPER (75 horsepower) engine. Truly one of the best 1958 Cabriolets that you will find with no issues. Everything has been restored including engine, transmission, brakes, chrome, paint undercarriage and interior. Finished in a beautiful period-correct color combination. A true dream to drive!
T2 body, 75 horsepower, 1,582cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual Zenith carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with laminated torsion bars, parallel trailing arms, and tubular shock absorbers, independent rear swing axles with torsion bars and tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Porsche has the Speedster to thank for their success in the United States. But there was the luxury version was called the 356A Convertible available for nearly $1,000 more, which included a padded headliner, reclining front seats, rear seat bench, clock, glove box, the cigarette lighter, dash light, side vent windows & roll-up windows.
It could be argued that Porsche sales might not have ever taken off in the fiercely competitive U.S. market. Boasting creature comforts with excellent driving characteristics, it helped cement Porsche's reputation in the United States and earned it a hugely desirable portion of the sports car market at a time when the motto of most British marques was “export or die.”