1953 Porsche 356 Le Mans Coupe / 51450 Chassis Information

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Le Mans Coupe
Chassis Num: 51450
Sold for $106,582 (€82,500) at 2012 RM Sothebys.
Porsche's first attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans grueling race was in 1951. Their entry was two of the last 11 aluminum-bodied pre-356 cars that had been built by Tatra in Vienna. The bodies were lighter and stronger than the steel shells that replaced them. The completed cars were dubbed the 356 SL (Super Light) and offered a great deal of competition in their class wherever they competed.

In modern times, seven of the last 11 cars still survive, along with several aluminum-bodied SL conversions. Three of the cars have been written off. One of the two SLs that competed in the 1953 La Carrera Panamericana has completed disappeared.

During the rainy practice, Rudolph Sauerwein crashed one of the two SL cars (car number 47). This left French driver August Veuillet and Edmond Mouche to carry the Porsche flag in the number 46 car. They finished 20th and won the 751cc-1100cc class. Three SLs returned to LeMans the following year, with Veuillet/Mouch finishing 11th again, winning their class. Two SLs were entered in 1953, but by this point in history, the Porsche factory was focusing on their 550 model.

This Porsche 356SL LeMans car is a recreation that has been constructed from the ground up. The project began with a 1953 steel body and is now powered by a 1600cc engine offering 100 horsepower. It is finished in matte silver and features aluminum wheel arch covers and louvers on the side windows and engine cover. It has a correct 'banjo' steering wheel, GT seats, as were used in the Speedsters, and a grey/blue leather interior. The electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts and the larger 60 mm Carrera brakes have been fitted. The car carries a sports exhaust, auxiliary lights and an oil cooler. There is a four-speed manual transaxle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at RM Auction's Monaco sale. The car carried a pre-auction estimated value of €95.000-€130.000. Bidding reached €82.500 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2012

Chassis# 51450

2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
Pre-Auction Estimates :€95,000-€130,000 
Sale Price : $106,582 (€82,500.00)

Analysis

Chassis number 51450 Auction Sales History
2012$106,582

2018 5
2017 2
2016 4
2015 1
2014 1
2013 1
2012 2
2011 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$244,720$374,0005
2017$250,250$275,0002
2016$147,251$288,6454
2015$154,000$154,0001
2014$203,491$203,4911
2013$143,356$143,3561
2012$110,755$114,9282
2011$107,794$107,7941
2004$44,000$44,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super Coupe
Chassis#: 50161
Sold for $88,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super Cabriolet
Chassis#: 60036
Sold for $374,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis#: 60351
Sold for $280,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 50747
Sold for $224,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis#: 60266
Sold for $257,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1953 Porsche 356 image  
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 60157
Sold for $225,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Porsche 356/1500 'Bent Window' Cabriolet
Chassis#: 60115
Sold for $275,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Porsche 356 1100 Coupé
Chassis#: 51009
Sold for $142,610
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe Custom
Sold for $57,750
  2016 Auctions America : Hilton Head
 
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe
Sold for $100,000
  2016 Mecum : Dallas
 
1953 Porsche 356 pre A 1500 S Coupe
Chassis#: 50894
Sold for $288,645
  2016 Coys : Schloss Dyck
 
1953 PORSCHE 356 'PRE A' REUTTER COUPE
Chassis#: 50540
Sold for $154,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 Porsche 356 'Pre-A' Coupé
Chassis#: 51020
Sold for $203,491
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A COUPE REUTTER No reserve
Sold for $143,356
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1953 Porsche 356 'Pre-A' Coupe (RHD)
Sold for $114,928
  2012 2012 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
 
1953 Porsche 356 SL Le Mans Recreation
Chassis#: 51450
Sold for $106,582
  2012 RM Auctions at Monaco
1953 Porsche 356 image  1953 Porsche 356 image  
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A 1300
Sold for $107,794
  2011 Coys - A217 True Greats
 
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Cabriolet
Sold for $44,000
  2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

No Sale

1953 Porsche 356's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Supercharged Cabriolet601302018 Bonhams : Scottsdale $230,000$270,000
1953 Porsche 356 Coupé by Reutter501362017 RM Sothebys : London $200,000$250,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Cabriolet 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $425,000$450,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Golde Top 2017 Amelia Island Select : Hollywood Wheels Auction $300,000$350,000
1953 PORSCHE 356 REPRODUCTIONR6281050520102017 GPK Auctions Atlantic City$17,500  
1953 Porsche 356 pre A 1500 S Coupe508942016 Coys : Mondial De L'Automobile Paris $230,000$290,000
1953 Porsche 356 2016 GAA : July 2016$60,000  
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Cabriolet602362016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $140,000$180,000
1953 Porsche Pre-A Coupe514652016 Motostalgia Auction Indianapolis Brickyard $275,000$315,000
1953 Porsche 356/1500 Bent Window Cabriolet601152016 Worldwide Auctions The Houston Classic $350,000$400,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Coupé by Reutter506872015 RM Sotheby's London Auction   
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe500432015 Mecum : Monterey$310,000$325,000$385,000
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe514652015 Mecum : Monterey$250,000$275,000$325,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A 1500 Reutter Cabriolet 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Cabriolet 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe 2015 Mecum : Kissimmee$90,000  
1953 Porsche 356/1500 Reutter Cabriolet602662014 Mecum Monterey$375,000$350,000$450,000
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet (Supercharged)601302012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$79,750$175,000$235,000
1953 Porsche 356/1500S Reutter Cabriolet 2011 Mecum Auctions Monterey, CA The Daytime Auction$150,000  
1953 Porsche 356 America Roadster 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction $750,000$950,000
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE A COUPE 2004 Bonhams MOTORCARS BROOKLINE $22,000$25,000

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