1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe

When you consider that this 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe from Bring A Trailer is nigh on seventy years old, it’s hard to believe it is available to purchase in such a remarkable and eye-catching condition. This devilishly dapper vintage steed has a current bid of $100k on it with the auction ending in a few days so you’re going to have to move fast and dig deep if you want to make this Don Draper-esque steed your next means of getting about town.

The 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe from Bring A Trailer is a “bent window” coupe that was first distributed in the US by Max Hoffman and was recently restored by its long-term current owner, which is a marque specialist based in Ohio. Restoration was finished in 2019 and work included a repaint in a slate grey, replacement of the engine and transmission, the installation of new floorpans, and reupholstering of the impressive interior.

Porsche Perfection

Needless to say, Porsche have been creating some of the finest luxury vehicles for well over half a century now and the 1950s was a defining era for the car maker as typified by stunning vehicles like this 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe going under the hammer with Bring A Trailer. The 1.6L flat-four originated in a 356C and has been painstakingly rebuilt, and the four-speed manual transaxle is a Type 741 unit. Some of the other equipment includes butterscotch leather upholstery, Koni shocks, LED taillights, and an aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel.

This spectacular 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe, which has a current bid of $100k on it, was fitted with a V-shaped, single-piece windscreen for the 1953 model year, which replaces the two-piece spilt windshield on the earlier models. These are often referred to as the ‘bent window’ era. This stunning model from Bring A Trailer had its Reutter coupe bodywork repainted in a non-original grey during the recently completed restoration.

The chrome reproduction 15×4.5″ steel wheels wear Porsche-crest hubcaps and 165-width Michelin XZX tires that were manufactured in 2016 for a quality, contemporary performance out on the open road. Braking is from hydraulic drums at all four corners and interior has been reupholstered using materials sourced from Autos International, including butterscotch leather seat covers, a light grey headliner and door panels, and square-weave carpeting. Other cabin features this Porsche has includes period translucent sun visors, rubber floor mats, and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.

Old School Interiors

With this majestic looking 1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe from Bring A Trailer, the green-letter instrumentation includes a VDO oil-pressure gauge, a 120-mph speedometre from Veigel, and a 6k-rpm tachometer. The five-digit odometer shows 78k miles, whilst the true mileage is unknown.

Just a few days remain on this auction and with bidding already at $100k, it’s clear that this one isn’t going to come cheap but it is one of the most attractive and lovingly restored Porsches we’ve seen in at some time here at Coolector HQ and whoever ends up with the winning bid will add a truly beautiful and iconic vehicle to their vintage car collection.

Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.