Beautifully restored in Italy, this stunning 1500 four-cam Carrera Grand Sport sunroof coupé presents a wonderful opportunity for the true Porsche enthusiast. The 1955 ‘Pre-A’ series offered an important step forward in body design, with a ‘Bent’ single-piece windshield replacing the two-piece screen of previous models. On the small number of coupés fitted with the optional manually operated Golde sunroof, the front edge of the panel carried a slight ‘Vee’ to echo the shape of the windshield.
The engine used in both the GS and competition-oriented GT was the celebrated Type 547/1 four-cam design conceived by Dr Ernst Fuhrmann, and in 1.5-liter form delivered 100 hp at 6,200 rpm with a pair of Solex downdraft carburettors, just 10 hp fewer than the full-on racing unit used in the 550 Spyder. The overhead camshafts, with their removable lobes, were driven through a series of bevel gears and shafts. While complex, four-cam engines were very strong and reliable when set up properly and driven at higher rpm.
This handsome example is one of only 458 such units built for both the GS and GT. Delivered 17 January 1956, it was shipped to Hoffman Motors in New York City and thence to its first owner. It was factory-equipped with a Telefunken radio and antenna, a speedometer reading in miles-per-hour, and U.S.-specification sealed-beam headlamps. During its restoration, it was resprayed its rare and stunning original colour of 5605A Lago Green Metallic. The after-market alloy-framed, wood-rimmed steering wheel lends a warm touch to the rich interior. The correct chassis number appears on the bonnet and engine cover. At some point, the original engine was replaced with a series-correct unit, something that was not uncommon due to crankshaft bearing issues.
This Carrera would be a perfect choice for club events, touring, or vintage rallies. It is Mille Miglia eligible, as its type was a frequent entrant in that classic Italian event.