1955 Porsche 356 Continental 69360 Miles 4-Speed Manual

1955 Porsche 356 Continental

Condition: Used
Make: Porsche
Model: 356
SubModel: Continental
Type: Convertible
Trim: Continental
Year: 1955
Mileage: 69,360
VIN: 00000000000060870
Color: --
Engine: 55hp 1.5L Flat 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Blue
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Local pick-up only
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Description for Porsche 356 1955

Porsche North Houston proudly offer this magnificent, Fully Restored 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet in Silver over a Blue interior with a beautiful Silver dash and Blue leather seats. The Porsche 356 is powered by a 1,500 cc Flat Four Cylinder engine producing 55 hp through a Rear Wheel Drive and a 4-Speed Manual Transmission.Beginning in 1950 and following the move from Gmund, Austria, to Stuttgart, Germany, Porsche commenced series production of stylish and upscale 356-based... Cabriolet models, with approximately 40 examples built by both the Reutter and Glaser coachworks in Germany. By 1954, production increased yearly, with the luxurious, well-appointed, and expensive models enjoying growing popularity among well-heeled driving enthusiasts. Thanks to their fixed windscreens, snugly layered folding tops, and well-bolstered seats, Porsche's early convertibles were an ideal choice for lengthy and highly spirited cross-country drives.During 1955, Porsche's American importer Max Hoffman was brainstorming new ways to enhance the appeal of the 356 to his discerning clientele. Taking note of the cachet provided by names, such as Bel Air or Fairlane applied to the upper-level Chevrolet's and Fords of the era, Hoffman convinced Porsche management to begin placing stylish gold "Continental" scripts to a number of well-equipped Pre-A 356 Cabriolets in 1955.However, production of the Continental-badged Porsche's ended quickly when Ford Motor Company filed suit against Porsche for sole rights to the use of the Continental name. Since Ford already owned and used the Continental trademark and was planning to revive the name for their upcoming Continental Mk II and its new corporate brand, Porsche complied. As a result, only about 230 Porsche 356 Continentals were produced in all, including this very fine example.This 356 Continental is reported to have been initially titled in Kentucky. During the early to mid-1990's, a prominent New Jersey-based collector specializing in rare European cars acquired the Continental from Ken Daugherty of Louisville, Kentucky, who is known to Porsche aficionados as a Pre-A 356 expert. While the Continental was quite sound, a painstaking comprehensive restoration was commissioned and performed by marque specialist Dave Norr of CB Restorations in New England. The Porsche was primarily stored with only several hundred miles covered since work was completed in 2008.Mechanical restoration highlights include installation of a peppier 1,600 cc unit, which was fitted with a new camshaft. All mechanical elements were extensively rebuilt and restored, and the Continental is equipped with upgraded 12-volt electrics for reliability and operating ease. While the Continental has not yet been shown competitively, it was highly regarded by Porsche experts.Porsche of North Houston is a member of the indiGO Auto Group and has received the highly coveted Porsche Premier Dealer status. Our dealership features a beautiful Porsche Corporate Identity showroom, fully staffed factory certified service center, parts department, finance department, detailing department, and Porsche accessories boutique. Allow us to also help arrange transportation of your new car directly to your home anywhere in the world. Trade-in proposals are always welcome. If you like this vehicle and have questions, simply call, email, or drop by our location at 13911 North Freeway (I-45N) on the north side of Houston. We invite you to Activate Your Ownership with us today!