1959 PORSCHE 356A Convertible D

Mileage: 23010
Exterior Color: Light Ivory
Interior Color: Black
Body Style: convertible
Engine: 912 flat 4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Two
Vin: 861154

This amazing example of the early 356 style is as much fun to drive as it is to look at. Road & Track summed it up in a 1959 road test report by saying the “The Convertible D is superior to most cars on the road today.” “…the best buy in a highly desirable line and will probably give more driving pleasure per dollar than almost any car you can buy.”

The Convertible D is named for its coachbuilder, Karosserie Drauz, in Heilbronn N/O Germany. Between 1958 and 1959 Drauz built a total of only 1330 Convertible D’s. The original selling price was $3,695.

While maintaining the Speedster look, the Convertible D, which replaced the Speedster, has a more accommodating interior with a higher windscreen, more comfortable seating, better carpeting and trim, and roll-up windows.

861545 was manufactured in March of 1959 at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory with Light Ivory paint. U.S. bumpers and U.S. Lighting were the only options chosen. 86154 was shipped to Hoffman Motors in New York for sale.

History on the car is lacking until 1991 when Mr. Gregory Warner, CEO of Kia Motors, of Huntington Beach, CA purchased the car from “a man in Los Angeles who had owned the car for 15 years.”

Mr. Warner started a full restoration but sold the unfinished car to Mari Johnson of San Francisco in 1995. Ms. Johnson had Alex Bivens of West Coast Haus 356 finish the restoration which was completed in 1995. It is believed a Mr. Glenn Schaffer of Las Vegas, NV purchased the car from Ms. Johnson sometime in 1998, however there are no records between 1995 and 2001. Mr. Schaffer sold the car to the current owner in 2003.

While under the current owners care 86154 has benefitted with many improvements including the addition of a modified 912 engine which produces 81.2 hp at the rear wheels and limited slip transaxle and 4-wheel disc brakes. The original, numbers matching, engine has been completely rebuilt and comes with the car. The electrical system has been upgraded to 12V.

86154 has participated in the California Mille in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011 & 2014. It also participated in the Colorado Grand in 2005 and is ready for whatever the new owner wants to do, drive, show or rally.

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