RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Preview
1956 Porsche 356 A European Coupe by Reutter
Among our picks of all the road-going Porsches which are listed in RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale this week would include this 1956 Porsche 356 A European Coupe.
What caught our attention with this U.S. import Porsche would be its condition as it is now. After a complete restoration from down to bare metal since 2016, chassis 55425 is now immaculate. Part of the process included freshening up all original parts, such as the glass windows, as well as installing all the required period-correct components.
The result has been such that the coupe has been transformed into a like-new Porsche. So much so that it earned nearly perfect 300 points by the judges at a Porsche Club of America meet soon after the completion of the refurbishment.
One other notable feature of this Fashion Grey with red leather upholstery 356 is that it is a “European” badged example, which many enthusiasts would be aware of its rarity value. It made a very brief appearance as the model name for Porsche 356s that were delivered-new for the U.S. market in 1956 before the name was dropped soon after during the year for some reason.
It will be quite interesting to see how much a show-condition Porsche 356 A 1600 such as this one will eventually fetch in an auction environment during the 24th and 25th of August at the Monterey Conference Center.
(Estimate: US$200,000 – $250,000)
All Photos Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s