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 byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1958 – 1960
built atStuttgart, Germany
body stylistErwin Komenda
coachbuilderDrauz
price $$ 3,695
predeccesor1956 Porsche 356A/1600 Speedster
succeccesor1960 Porsche 356B/1600 T5 Roadster
engineType 546 Air Cooled Flat-4
positionRearLongitudinalal
aspirationNatural
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedDual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
displacement1582 cc / 96.54 in³
bore82.5 mm / 3.2 in
stroke74 mm / 2.9 in
compression8.5:1
power44.7 kw / 60 bhp @ 4500 rpm
specific output37.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight69.52 bhp per tonne
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Tub Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSteel Slotted Discs
front tires5.60×15 Sport
rear tires5.60×15 Sport
front wheelsF 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 11.4 cm / 15 x 4.5 in
steeringVW Worm & Nut
f suspensionVW Parallel Trailing Arms, Boge Telescopic Dampers, 15mm Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionVW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight863 kg / 1900 lbs
wheelbase2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track1306 mm / 51.4 in
rear track1272 mm / 50.1 in
length3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmissionVW 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