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Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupé “Continental”


Car No. 269


Motor: 1,5 l

1,5 l motor, 546/2 type, 55 hp


Max Hoffman and the North American citizens were not big fans of model numbers such as 356 and as such again he was trying to make his influence valid in Stuttgart to give the model a name instead of a number. The Porsche engineers made a compromise, and the factory was making a “Continental” model, which was then a pride to the majority of the cars sold at least to the US market. However, Ford in these years were the successful producer of the Lincoln Continental car, so they filed suit against Porsche to stop using “Continental”, and in this way Porsche could only use the name for some 1955 models and a total of about 900 continentals were delivered. This makes the car a sort after and special Pre A model. Porsche quickly changed the name to “European” for a period of time – this means that “Continental” and “European” models are quite rare and valuable.

I was lucky to find this vehicle with a matching no. engine and for that reason it is installed with a type 546/2 1498 CC engine resulting in 55 hp. This vehicle had a long life in the southwest of France until it arrived to my collection. The vehicle is supplied with lava grey metallic and beige interior leather seats, which is actually a great combination colour with the tyre sides in the creamy white.

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