Desired Collectible

Porsche Offered at Motostalgia

Larry Jewett - April 17, 2014 06:41 AM


Lot 143 has only been shown once since a restoration


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 The Motostalgia Auction and Concours event will take place at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, May 1 – 4. Highlights include the May 2 auction and weekend concours show with top quality vehicles seen throughout the entire show run.
 In the Friday auction, plenty of cars will get attention and spirited bidding, including Lot 143. The 1955 Porsche 356 Pre A 1500 Continental Cabriolet is a highly desired sports car.
According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this 1500 Cabriolet, one of just 278 ever produced, was completed in July 1955 and delivered to its first owner, Robert Jackson, as a factory-direct sale. Finished from new in the attractive reddish color of Terra Cotta, which was used in only two years of production, it is complemented with leather upholstery finished in "Yellow Earth", and set off with a beige folding top and boot. This car was ordered with chrome plated bumpers and the front hood panel came from the factory without a handle, which makes this car unique from other 356s. Also ordered from the factory were seat belts, speedometer in miles, and a specially designed shift lever used only when the high-fidelity Becker Mexico radio was installed, of which this car is also equipped.
In the 1980s, it fell into the caring hands of Joseph Harris, a well-known collector and restorer from Illinois, who acquired the information from the factory verifying this 356's heritage and unique construction details. Taking a number of years to acquire all the proper parts, he started the restoration project in 2009.
A number of secrets emerged during the restoration process, such as locating the correct brackets and openings for the rare factory supplied body-mounted fog lights, which were installed. An original set of glass reflectors and other items with proper factory marks and stamping were located, ensuring this car as pure as a Porsche could be.
After the restoration was completed, this 356 Continental Cabriolet moved to the collection of another Porsche fan. It has only been shown on one occasion, insuring that the new owner is certain to garner plenty of invitations and attention.