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1959 was the last year of production for the 356 “A” T-2 model. As many would say, the last of the “Pretty Ones”, and by far the best of the “A” production run. As has been, and still is, every production year at Porsche built on, and improved previous models.
The ’T-2 model featured the first factory hard top, front vent windows, much improved double mount #716 Transmission, and ZF Steering Box,. All major upgrades from earlier models. The original design penned by Dr. Porsche’s handpicked associates, Karl Rabe, and Erwin Komenda is still reflected in these last “A” model cars. Subsequently, US, and German government regulations diluted the design on all future models.
The subject car has had two owners since new. Although the car is set up as a US delivery car, with bumper over-riders, it was first delivered in Germany, most likely to an American Service man. It came to Sacramento, CA for the first half of its life, then on to Greensboro, NC., until 2013 when it was purchased by LIBERTY MOTORSPORTS, in Costa Mesa, CA. The car then received a total nut and bolt “Signature” restoration by this internationally known Porsche 356 restoration shop. The floors, closing panels, and longitudinals are original to the car. “SEKURIT” glass is original to the car, and virtually flawless.
The car has been restored to factory C. of A. specifications, in Meissen Blue, over Red leather. Note the very rare, and correct Tan rubber floor mats. Every component has been refurbished, right down to the window mechanisms. All original fasteners, “NSF”, “KARRO”, KMAX, etc., were removed cleaned and re-plated to new, then reinstalled.
The engine is a numbers matching case as delivered, as is the transmission, both fully rebuilt. Liberty Motorsports builds their motors with the following specifications: Shasta pistons and cylinders (1720cc.) 9/1 compression, Shasta “Street Performance” cam, Crower connecting rods, Carburetors rebuilt to “Super” specifications, powder coated engine tin, re-plated fasteners to factory specifications. All moving components are magna-fluxed, weighed, and fully balanced.
The car was delivered with a factory steel hard top and tonneau cover. Both are present with the car, as new, and original. The tools, Owner’s Manual, and jack, are also original to the car, restored, as new, not reproductions. The Blaupunkt radio, as new, is of course in working condition and comes with it original instruction packet, never opened. The optional full horn ring steering wheel is as delivered. The horn button flashes the headlights “Move Over”, and the ring activates the horn.
As with all correctly restores Porsche 356s, this car can be driven with confidence, unlike many other European cars of the era. A documented factory delivered Porsche 356 with a hard top, and “Underslung” tonneau cover is a rare find. Other subtle differences in the interior, are leather covered extended rear side covers, and chrome turn buckle caps. Both present on this car. As is always the case with L/M “Signature” restorations, the electrical system has been converted to 12 Volt.
Sometime in the mid-seventies, the original owner swapped out the original Yellow license plates for Black. Black plates were then, and are still in vogue, and these plates #MEB718 still remain with the car.