As every true Porschephile knows, the Porsche 356 was essentially original genesis for the automaker; until that rear-engined model, Porsche had released no production vehicles of its own. It would later be supplanted by the 911, which serves as Porsche’s flagship sports car to this day.
The Porsche 356 is the marque’s Model T, if you will.
Well, you can have your very own example of the historically all-important Porsche 356 in pristine condition, as the beauty above is going up for auction at Mecum in Anaheim, from November 13th through the 15th.
The Mecum Auctions website boasts that it is a “bare-metal restoration by Porsche professionals.” This Porsche 356 is a 1961 example, factory-fitted with the higher-output “S” engine, with matching numbers. It had all-inclusive detailing, inside and out, and of course, an extensive list of factory goodies. This includes a rare electric sunroof. Yours truly had no idea that anyone had made an electric sunroof back in 1961.
Of course, even with the “S”-spec engine, this Porsche 356 only manages to squeeze out about 75 horsepower from its 1.6 liter four-cylinder mill. That might pose a bit of a problem if you plan on trying to pass a tractor, or take the car up any gentle inclines.
But then, the Porsche 356 is far too dignified a creature to have so plebeian a goal as speed in-mind. This car is all about heritage, history, and immeasurable prestige.
Plus, you don’t actually plan on driving the thing, do you?