Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The 356 is Porsche genesis - the marque's first full-production model. The 356A of 1955 was given the designation 'Type 1' by the factory, and this evolved over the years into the 356B of 1959, with various technological and styling upgrades, 1964's 356C, which had disc brakes all round and was knocking on the door of 100bhp, with the very last models trundling off the line in early '66. But it's the earliest cars, retrospectively dubbed 'Pre-A' models, that are arguably the most sought-after - the pre-1955 cars are simple, elegant, and ineffably chic.
They're not all mothballed away in sterile collections either. This particular Pre-A, a 1953 car, is a three-times Tour Auto winner, race-prepped to proper FIA specs. Period delights abound, such as the leather boot and bonnet straps, round chrome light bezels and wide-five wheels - and that ultra-low ride height isn't a concession to watercooled VeeDub fashion. That's motorsport low, that is.
Spotted at 73MM - more photos here.