This 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS coupe boasts the rare and powerful 1.7-liter, Dr. Fuhrmann designed 4-Cam engine, a peashooter exhaust, and a host of rare Carrera options. Comprehensively restored in 2000 and backed by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, the Carrera will be available at RM’s Amelia Auction in Amelia Island, Florida, on March 10th, with an estimate of $295,000 – $345,000.
Mention the words “Fuhrmann” or “4-cam” to any Porsche 356 diehard and they’re liable to speak in the same tones of hushed awe as someone who’s just paid for their first rebuild of the good doctor’s engine. Powerful, free revving, and exceedingly complicated, the diminutive engines are known for twin ignition, twin carburetors, dry sump lubrication, 4 gear-driven camshafts and, most amazingly, roller bearings on both the crankshaft mains and the connecting rods. Simple and cheap they are not.
A good thing, then, that this particular Carrera carries a period correct 4-cam rebuilt by highly esteemed Fuhrmann ace Gerry McCarthy. Mated to a 4 speed transmission with “mountain rally” gearing, the jewel-like engine has faultlessly and reliably powered the ’56 Carrera through the challenges of the Targa Newfoundland, the New England 1000, the Virginia Mountain Mille and two Carolina Trophies. Kudos go to both the engine builder and the current owner for ensuring this Carrera collects no dust.
Outside, the bodywork shows the care and expertise of a first-rate restoration with consistent gaps, straight panels and excellent silver paint. Finned-aluminum brake drums peek from behind chrome rims and the front fenders and rear decklid display the gold Carrera script that quickens the pulses of 356 admirers and competitors alike. Finally—and as to be expected on a car of this caliber—the red leather interior is in impeccable condition with the much more comfortable GS seats in place of the GT’s thinly padded speedster buckets.
Combining one of the 20th Century’s finest engines with early 356 bodywork and a fantastic color combination, this Carrera is likely to be as pleasurable to drive as it is to look at. A point we hope the next owner appreciates by picking up the spirited driving where the current own left off. Here’s hoping as well they’ll give us a call for co-driving duties.
March 10, 2012 Update: The 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS coupe sold for $288,750 (with 10% buyer’s premium) at the RM Auctions Amelia Island sale. (See complete results)
[Source: RM Auctions]