Porsche built only 1331 1959 356A Convertible Ds between August 1958 and September 1959.
Less than half are known to exist, with even fewer being Supers. The ‘D’ is basically a
Speedster with a higher windshield, roll-up windows, and more comfortable seats among other
small changes.
One of the problems with purchasing a valuable car that has been restored, is that no matter
how nice it looks, you never know what’s underneath the paint. Even an expert can’t tell you
that. Unless you can see detailed photographic documentation of the entire process, you can’t fully be
comfortable with what you are buying, and can get some nasty surprises down the road. We
have all seen or heard about such cases.
No car is perfect, but that was the goal with this car - to get it as close as possible. It runs and
drives great. It is a museum quality vehicle, and is even more rare because it is a Super. It is a
documented, numbers matching, i.e. engine, tranny, both doors and deck lid, true European
delivery vehicle that came without bumper overriders as required in America. It has a kph
speedometer, which was left that way when it was restored by Palo Alto Speedometers. There is
extensive documentation, including initial delivery and shipping documentation, service
records, older “restoration” invoicing and pictures, etc. that came with the car. It was originally
ordered by a woman in Venezuela who owned it for 23 years. The second owner bought it from
her in 1981, and drove it for 12 years in Venezuela. He then brought it to the U.S. in 1993 and
had it “restored”, and completed in 1994. There are many pictures taken during the process.
He kept it in Miami until he sold it to a collector there in 2013, who apparently never drove it,
because it barely ran when I got it, due to defective carbs. I purchased it in
October 2016, and have undertaken the following total bare metal restoration:
- The original color was 5706 Silver, with red leatherette according to the COA, however,
based on the records it looks like it was changed to black/black during the 1994
“restoration”
- We took it back to the original paint/interior combination, and there is total documentation
and pictures of the entire process from disassembly to bare metal to completion
- New COA-correct red interior in vinyl, with leather seats (my choice) was done by Autos
International
- Both original carbs were totally rebuilt by Carburetor Rescue in Sedona, AZ
- The distributor was totally rebuilt by Carburetor Rescue in California
- New distributor cap, wires and plugs
- Valves adjusted
- Engine sheet metal stripped and painted/powder coated in correct colors with new proper
decals applied
- All engine hardware cleaned and cad-plated where appropriate, including valve covers
- Original wiring harness was removed, cleaned, tested and re-installed
- Brakes gone through, new fluid and all four wheel cylinders replaced
- New rubber floor mats in the interior and boot. Rare tan floor mats available only 1958, 1959
- Trim pieces have been polished if aluminum, and re-chromed if chrome. The hood handle is
an original aluminum one and polished to look as new
- Added chrome wheels and spare with Coker Michelin tires as per the COA. The four original
wheels dated 6/59 come with the car and are in excellent condition
- New top and boot cover from Autos International
- Undercoating was completely refurbished using Wurth materials, including the engine and
trunk compartments, then painted
- Original steering wheel with optional center horn ring completely refurbished
- Has the original Owner’s Manual, the original and rare Convertible D top folding procedure
manual
- Refurbished jack
- An original tool kit case in very good condition with a replacement strap, tyre gauge, pliers,
correct spark plug, spare lug nut, lug wrench, generator pulley wrench, four open end wrenches, and spark plug
wrench
- Every original part possible was maintained and refurbished or original parts sourced where
possible
I am a 48-year member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), and 11-year member of 356
Registry. I have owned 11 Porsches, with four being 356s - three of which I have had totally
restored. One won multiple class wins in local and national concours, and still is being
campaigned in concours events under new ownership.
The restoration and metal/paint people are available to discuss any facet of the 18-month
restoration of this car.
Accompanying the car is a detailed chronological hardcopy scrapbook of the restoration,
including over 150 pictures, with hundreds more in digital and hardcopy.

Seller notes:
Year: 1959 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 86666
Mileage: 3945 Number of Cylinders: 4
Make: Porsche Transmission: 4 Speed
Model: 356 Body Type: Convertible
Trim: A Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 1600 Super Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: Rear Engine Rear Wheel Drive Options: Convertible, Leather Seats
Fuel Type: Gasoline Sub Model: Convertible D
For Sale By: Private Seller Exterior Color: Metallic Silver
Disability Equipped: No Interior Color: Red
Drive Side: Left-hand drive

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