Porsche Classic Corner
Porsche Centre Melbourne Porsche Classic Corner.
The Classic Corner is a visual highlight in the showroom featuring a Porsche classic vehicle alongside display cabinets displaying Classic genuine parts, Porsche Crest production and technical literature. Customers also have the opportunity to browse through the model history and find out about the relationship between the brand values of tradition and innovation.
Currently on display: 1959 356A 1600GT
Model Year: 1959
Transmission: 4-speed Manual
Power: 85 kW (115 hp)
The 1959 356A 1600GT Coupe is one of just three right hand drive examples built by the factory and is a magnificent original example of one of the most desirable of all 356 Coupes, with all matching numbers and a fully documented local history. The Car was purchased new in 1959 to special order by Bacchus Marsh farmer David Calvert and was located and totally restored for Melbourne businessman Peter Bartels by Alan Hamilton a number of years ago.
Like the 356A 1300S and 356 1500 GS models before it, the 1600GT was a factory-built customer race and rally car, just like the 911 GT3 Clubsport and 911 Carrera Cup models of today.
Its 1.6 litre quad cam engine was almost identical to that of the 1500GS, but power was up 10HP to 115HP at 6500rpm, with the engine fed by a pair of Weber 40 DCM2 carburettors, while the spark was delivered by twin ignition. The distributors are driven by worm drive from the crankshaft.
To keep the car’s overall weight down to just 880kg, a number of comfort sacrifices were made. The driver and co-driver sat in light bucket seats, while the interior mats were made of simple needle felt. The result was a vibrant sports car which was virtually unbeatable in 1,600cc GT class racing and rallying in its day in events around the world.
Not for sale.
Porsche Centre Melbourne can assist with a range of classic work including:
|- Repairs||- Engine work|
|- Servicing||- Bodywork|
|- Pre Purchase Inspections||- Upholstery|
|- Restoration||- Electronics|
To find out more please click here or alternatively contact our classic department on (03) 9473 0917.