1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Reutter Cabriolet

  •  Rare pre-A model; coachwork by Reutter
  • One of 394 built in 1953
  • Matching numbers
  • Comprehensive restoration
  • Correct Ivory exterior and red leather interior
  • Black convertible top
  • Owner’s manual
  • Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Number 60266 is confirmed by the included Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and Kardex as a USA-spec, pre-A 1500. It has been restored in the original R504 Ivory exterior, over a red leather interior with black convertible top.

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