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.
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