1951 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1300 Coupe

Courtesy of Artcurial

According to the Kardex build sheet, this car left the factory at the end of 1951. It was one of the first of its type (the model had been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1949), and still had the split windscreen and the integrated body bumpers. It was delivered new in Germany to a U.S. Army soldier.

The Kardex specified that the engine was number 20774, a 1300 Type 506 model. It is now equipped with a 3300 A 506/1 type, which is a more reliable version that was fitted on 356 1300 cars from 1954 on. To improve performance, it has been upgraded to the 1500 55-horsepower aluminum cylinders and pistons without any discernible visual differences.

Prescott Kelly

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Prescott bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches and is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians.

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