1951 Porsche 356 'Split-Window' Coupé By Reutter 1951 Porsche 356 'Split-Window' Coupé By Reutter | Paris 2023 | RM Sotheby's (1951)




1951 Porsche 356 'Split-Window' Coupé By Reutter
France | Paris, France
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A sought-after ‘Split-Window’ variant of Porsche’s first great sportscar
One of just 749 Pre-A “five-digit” Reutter Coupés built in 1951
First delivered in the rare and attractive colour of Adria Blue; restored in Pascha Red over a tan half-leather interior
Hailing from the early days of Porsche 356 production, chassis 10971 left the factory on 25 October 1951 bound for Karlsruhe-based dealership, Gramling. According to its accompanying Kardex, the car was built in the desirable shade of Adria Blue and fitted with fog lamps, a Hirschmann antennae, and three-tone horn.
It is thought the car was raced in Greece, where it is rumoured to have suffered water damage in 1952. It was later exported to the United States, where it was campaigned before being taken off the road in 1973. In 2010, the Porsche was registered to a new owner in Nevada and was displayed at the 2011 Porsche Race Car Classic at The Quail Lodge, then finished in dark red with a modified dashboard and one-piece windscreen.
In 2017 the Porsche was acquired by the Drôme-based consigning owner, who returned the 356 closer to its factory specification. The car was repainted in Pascha Red—a correct colour for the model year—while the windscreen was replaced with a correct split window. The dashboard was repaired, and the interior was refinished. The previous restoration’s 356 B “crash” gearbox was retained, though the later Super 90 engine was replaced by a correct type “506”-series unit built to 1,500-cc specification.
This highly desirable “Model 51” has been refinished to a high standard and would make a fine addition to any collection of post-war European sportscars.

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  • Year: 1951
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Coupe
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Red

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