Selling a 1959 Porsche 356A


1959 Porsche 356 A
1959 Porsche 356 A

The 1959 production year is a milestone in the Porsche 356 series, as it marks the final year of production prior to the launch of the 356B. Available as a Coupe, Cabriolet or Convertible D, the 1959 Porsche 356A would boast the T-2 body type. Reflecting only minor changes, the 356A could be differentiated from the Pre-A models that it followed by the curvature of its windshield. On previous Pre-A models, the windshield featured an open “V” shape or “bent” shape from above, while the 356A featured curved glass. When comparing the 356A to the 356B that would come later, the new T-5 body type that was released in 1960 easily distinguishes the 356B. Potential buyers of your 1959 Porsche 356A will typically use these features to authenticate your model as original. Providing buyers with engine and chassis numbers, as well as any historical documentation, will make this process even easier.


1959 Porsche 356A Seller’s Guide

One of the most important and common concerns that potential buyers will have about your 1959 Porsche 356A is the extent of any rust damage. When theses cars were produced in the late 1950s and early 1960s, little to no rust protection was used during manufacturing, making them highly susceptible to rust and corrosion. While buyers searching for a poor or fair quality 356A may expect some rust, those looking for a good or pristine condition 356A may be deterred by rust damage. Some of the most common areas for rusting are the front and rear floorpans, the suspension mounting points, the longitudinal chassis members, the doorsills and around the headlights. Because these classic Porsches can be expensive to restore, your asking price should reflect the overall condition, yet should take into consideration factors such as market availability, rarity, special options, ownership history, and recent sales.



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Pricing your 1959 Porsche 356A can be one of the most difficult steps in preparing to sell. The Alex Manos team, a California classic car dealership with years of experience in the classic car market, would be delighted to learn more about your car and to give you a fair assessment of its value in today’s market. Should your car fit into their collection, they may even make you an offer for purchase themselves. To learn more or to explore the cars they are interested in, do not hesitate to contact them today!


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