1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D


1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D

In August of 1958 Porsche revised the 356A/1600 Speedster into the Convertible D. In many ways this reflected Porsches desire to make more expensive and premium models. As a result, the $3,695 Convertible was much more expensive than the Speedster it replaced.

As such the new car featured roll-up windows for the first time, a more robust hardtop and a higher windshield for more headroom. Porsche retained the chrome-ringed windshield trim which was iconic of the Speedster.

Inside Porsche retained the Speedster dashboard, but fitted more luxurious seats and door panels with integrated pockets.

Drauz at Heilbronn, Germany was responsible for production of the bodies which explains the Convertible D moniker.

1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1958 – 1960
built at Stuttgart, Germany
body stylist Erwin Komenda
coachbuilder Drauz
price $ $ 3,695
predeccesor 1956 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster
succeccesor 1960 Porsche 356B/1600 T5 Roadster
engine Type 546 Air Cooled Flat-4
position RearLongitudinalal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Dual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
displacement 1582 cc / 96.54 in³
bore 82.5 mm / 3.2 in
stroke 74 mm / 2.9 in
compression 8.5:1
power 44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output 37.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 69.52 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Tub Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Slotted Discs
front tires 5.60×15 Sport
rear tires 5.60×15 Sport
front wheels F 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
steering VW Worm & Nut
f suspension VW Parallel Trailing Arms, Boge Telescopic Dampers, 15mm Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension VW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight 863 kg / 1900 lbs
wheelbase 2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track 1306 mm / 51.4 in
rear track 1272 mm / 50.1 in
length 3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmission VW 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~157.68 kph / 98 mph
0 – 60 mph ~14.0 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~26.0 seconds

Auction Sales History

1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D

1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D 86351 – sold for $187,000 Rare and Desirable One-Year-Only Porsche Model. Accompanied by a Copy of the Kardex Production Data Card. Original US-Delivery Example in Factory-Specified Colors. Striking Throughout, Including Interior and Engine Bay. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions 2015 by Gooding & Company

1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D

1959 Porsche 356 A 1600 Super Convertible D 86142 – sold for $159,500. Highly desirable Cabriolet D model. Formerly owned for 45 years by enthusiast Brad Smith. Judge’s Choice at Keeneland Concours. A wonderful example with a recent mechanical servicing. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions
1958→1960 Porsche 356A/1600 Convertible D

1959 Porsche 356 A Convertible D 85977 – sold for $189,750. Very Well-Preserved, High-Quality Older Restoration. Rare and Desirable One-Year-Only Porsche Model. Accompanied by a Copy of the Kardex Production Data Card. Matching-Numbers, Original US-Delivery Example. Just Three Owners from New. Complete with Tool Kit and Owner’s Manual. Exceptional Coachbuilt Quality in a Sporting Package. Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company