1953 PORSCHE 356 'PRE A' REUTTER COUPE - 187712 Sold* at Las Vegas 2015 - Lot #734 1953 PORSCHE 356 'PRE A' REUTTER COUPE https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/187712/187712_Front_3-4_Web.JPG
Lot #734


Auction Las Vegas 2015
Status Sold
Lot 734
Year 1953
Model 356
*Includes Buyer Commission
VIN 50540
Exterior Color BLACK
Interior Color TOBACCO
Cylinders 4
Engine Size 1.6L
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL

Lot #734 - Total vehicle production was estimated at 1,600 cars in 1953, 338 of which were 1300 model cars. Very few remain today, making this rare Porsche one of the earliest examples in history today. Chassis #50540 was prepped for Rally racing years ago by Veteran Porsche race car driver and builder Klaus Selbert. In the last year #50540 received a top-level restoration, keeping the car true to its Rally racing heritage. It retained its race-prepped Magnesium Split case engine making approximately 120hp, double the horsepower of stock and still very street-friendly, running on pump gas. Oversized to 1640cc with all of the best internals, dual Solex 40 carbs, external oil cooler with filter and synchromesh split case 4-speed transmission with 911 shifter. Upgraded to 12-volt with an AGM battery. Suspension was upgraded with Koni shocks, heavy-duty adjustable sway bar and boxed trailing arms. This car handles superbly. The brakes were upgraded to a dual master cylinder with synthetic brake fluid. The front trunk floor was slightly modified to accept a 911 external oil cooler that has pass through air flow with a screened opening in front. Custom front floor and rocker shielding to keep air turbulence to a minimum under the car. Custom forged 16" aluminum rims were built to replicate original but widened to 5.5" for extra performance and stability. Laser-straight panels and excellent gas pumps throughout. Upon inspection during restoration, this car showed no evidence of any major accidents and retained all of its original body panels, as evidenced by the original paint showing in hidden areas. All panels were stamped "62." All original VIN tags, trim tags and stampings. All chrome and brightwork refinished to show-quality. Interior redone with European Tobacco leather and German wool carpets bound in leather. Original Veigel gauges rebuilt by Hollywood Speedometer. Tachometer has been upgraded to electronic and has revised redline. Custom-made aluminum racing seats. Certainly one of the finest early Porsches tastefully upgraded for a greatly improved driving experience. Documented with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.