Selling a 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet


1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet
1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet

Not only one of the most iconic designs to come from a German automaker, the Porsche 356 is considered one of the most recognizable and iconic automotive designs of all time. Often compared to an inverted bathtub, the curvature of the Porsche 356 and its simple styling is what made this car and instant classic. The 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet was the first of the 356 models ever built. Between 1948 and 1949, before the car would see actual production, approximately 50 hand-built examples were made out of aluminum. These early models featured a four-cylinder, air-cooled engine placed in the rear of the car. Designed by Ferry Porsche, son of founder Ferdinand Porsche, these early models were based on the Volkswagen of the time and featured many Volkswagen parts. Available as both a hardtop Coupe and an open-air Cabriolet, the 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet remains one of the most rare and sought-after Porsche 356 models of all time. It is also important to note that the Pre-A designation is not actually an official designation, but rather one given to the car by enthusiasts to help differentiate it from the 356A models that would follow.


1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet Seller’s Guide

The biggest obstacle you’ll need to overcome when selling a 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet is verifying its authenticity. There are thousands of kit cars and replicas out there that are designed to mimic the Porsche 356 and many unsuspecting buyers have lost thousands of dollars thinking they were buying an original. Of course, this can be verified by showing potential buyers the chassis and engine numbers, or by gaining a Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche itself. Furthermore, because you’re selling one of the earliest models, you can verify it is from the 1948 or 1949 model-year by its aluminum construction rather than steel. These are just a few of the Seller’s Tips for the Porsche 356 that will help you make the process easier.



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The Alex Manos California classic car dealership would be delighted to learn more about your 1948 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet and would appreciate the opportunity to make you an offer you can’t refuse. They are always looking for new classic Porsche models to add into their growing inventory and look forward to learning more about your 356. Connect today to get started and to explore the possibility of selling your Porsche 356 Cabriolet directly to the Alex Manos team. Connect today!