When this seller put the word “Wholesale,” in their name, they actually meant it. How else to explain the low reserve for this 1956 Porsche 356A Coupe? Ok, sane readers will no doubt point out that the leading bid of $31,900 (at the time of writing) is a considerable amount of money for a car that last saw the road in ’73 which, presumably, is also the last time it was fully assembled. But sanity doesn’t apply to any Porsche unless it was made after 1974. And only then if it was painted a bad color. This is another way of saying that this early 356 with its beehive taillights and desirable silver over red color combination will be insanely expensive when complete. And for good reason. Photos of the chassis show a car in very good condition. Floor pans—the lowest corrosion denominator of all Porsche 356s—show surface rust but appear in otherwise solid condition. The body panels appear consistent and straight with the exception of a slight wrinkle in the nose, and the matching numbers engine case remains with the car. We’d take a magnet to the panels to make sure the green metallic repaint isn’t covering loads of body filler but would not be overly suspicious, as everything else seems to indicate a well-preserved car. With a 356 at this price and in this condition before restoration, the odds of coming out ahead after the restoration are very, very good. We love 356s for their fun performance and their place in Porsche history, and we love the early cars in particular for their beehive taillights and their eligibility for nearly any event their owners care to enter. Find the Porsche for sale here on eBay in Costa Mesa, California.
PS-When we read that the car is “one of the 56 cars with the Carrera body holes for the oil tank and oil thermostat nut inserts” our heart rates went up as we thought this car might have been modified at the factory for racing. Then we remembered all 1955 and 1956 Porsche 356s came with these holes and insets in place. The seller is actually saying its “one of the 1956 cars…”