The initial Porsche 356 design that we owe to Erwin Komenda, Executive Design Chief Engineer, was thought from the beginning to be declined in several bodyworks: coupe, speedster and convertible. That explains why all three versions are so harmonious, well balanced and successful even 70 years after the model launch. On top of the 356 range was the Carrera four cams type, presented at Frankfurt exhibition 1955, a genuine competition car homologated for public roads. Speedometer graduated until 250 km/h, lightweight of 930 kg and Carrera engine, there was no doubt about the real aim of the Carrera, beat the clock! Even if the Carrera GS, as well called “De Luxe”, was wanted to be drivable everyday keeping comfort accessories as heater, radio or smooth leather seats. At the opposite, the Carrera Engine designed by Dr. Fuhrmann made no concession: Twin Cam, 1588 cc developing 105 horse power, double ignition system and huge Solex 40 carburetors to ensure outstanding performances.
This very nice Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GS convertible, one of the 44 units built between 1956 and 1959, was delivered the 27th January 1959 to German Porsche dealer Petermax Müller in Hannover, in color 5704 Ivory. The chassis holds N°151584, is proper engine type 692/2 gets N°93009 and inside is 330 red leatherette as factory option. In 1991 it received a complete renovation at Porsche Factory, including gearbox replacement, and a French collector imported it in 1992. Then the car has been maintained at Porsche Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, it even received an engine renovation from there in July 2005. Later in 2012, a new engine inspection has been done at Karl Hloch, renowned Porsche flat-4 specialist.
In incredibly good condition, this very rare Carrera 1600 GS Convertible is ready to please its future owners especially during summer rides, hair in the wind!