1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 S Convertible D
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VIN: 86479
Engine: 84070
Transmission: 28052
Mileage: 37,768
Color: Ruby Red
Interior: Tan
1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D Chassis: serial number 86479 Engine: Typ 616/2 1600 Super s.n. 84525 Mileage: 37,768 Color: Ruby Red # 5702 Interior: Tan Leatherette The Drauz-built Convertible D was the one-year-only successor model to the discontinued Speedster. The idea was to keep the Speedster�s removable windshield for racing and most of the reduced weight, but add the weather protection and creature comfort of roll-up side windows. While retaining the bolted-on windshield frame, Drauz made the top 3.5� taller, added a larger rear window, and added drain rails to the sides of the top. This particular Convertible D has a �different� history. Prepared to run as a preservation VSCCA hillclimb car, it was never stripped, cut-up, or modified � and it had relatively few miles put on it, now totaling only 37,768 miles. Retired after the 1990s, it was an all-original panel, un-hit, not ever rusty 356 that was then repainted in its Kardex-matching Ruby Red; a new fawn-colored interior was installed; and the car was put back on the street. Recently, the top was fully restored and the rugs were replaced, all correctly done with Autos International materials. The engine is a different story. When the car was prepped for its VSCCA life, the engine was built up with the well-regarded NPR 1750cc piston/cylinder set and Carillo rods, flowed Super heads, and a Maestro �half-race� camshaft. A 12-volt electric system was installed and dual master brake cylinders were fitted. At that time, all suspension and steering components were replaced with new old stock pieces. The gearbox was swapped out for a Typ 741 unit with BBEA gears. Currently, the car has an ANSA exhaust fitted and rides on 5-1/2� wide chrome wheels, befitting its performance characteristics. This car was one of only 1,331 Convertible Ds ever assembled. Because of their relative scarcity and high fun-to-drive quotient, Convertible Ds have a strong following as very desirable open 356s. (See www.convertibledregistry.com.) This example is as tight as a low-mileage car should be. It performs better than stock, of course, but with a set-up that is very reliable. And it carries its original color, the attractive ruby red. All-in-all, this Convertible D offers great body integrity and terrific performance in a rare open 356 body style. You are invited to come down to drive this beauty. We think you�ll like it as much as we do. P161
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