The 356A Could Be Yours
Adding a quality 356-series to your collection requires a significant investment, but just how much will you have to borrow from Junior’s college fund?
Auction Date Auction Company Porsche 356A Year VIN Condition* Sale Price
April 30, 2011 Worldwide 1957 83898 2+ $162,250
July 1, 2011 Bonham’s 1959 86005 1- $146,801
Jan. 20,2011 RM 1959 85663 n/a $101,750
Aug. 13, 2010 RM 1957 83154 2 $132,000
(Source: Sports Car Market / Chubb Collector Car mobile app; Click on date for the specific listing)
Using these auction prices as a guide, we wondered whether or not you could find a quality 356A from a private seller. In excellent condition, these cars are fetching healthy six-figure prices.
One current listing intrigued us. A dealer in California has a 1959 356A Convertible D model that is very similar to the January, 2011 car sold by RM. The RM car sold over the estimate, but is still among the lowest auction sales in the past year for a 356A.
The model for sale in California, chassis number 85614, appears to be in fine condition, with a striking red interior. The listing price is $119,500, which fits in nicely among the past year’s major sales. Caveat emptor is always the rule, and we never advise buying something you haven't inspected. Remember, the cost of a plane ticket to Orange County would pale in comparison to the price tag for major repairs to a 356A. Also, as we pointed out earlier this week, you need to look very closely for rust on any classic Porsche.
While the focus here is on a show-level 356, you'll find many other driveable examples at more affordable prices on the market today. It’s also a safe bet that the upcoming Arizona auctions in January will have concours-quality versions as well. Every Gooding & Company auction we've attended has featured plenty of eye candy for the Porsche buff.
Let us know what you think about the market for the 356 in the comment area below, and if you already own one, why not enter our virtual car show and share it with car enthusiasts around the world?
- Paul Morrissette
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