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1953 Porsche 356 Le Mans Coupe / 51450 Vehicle Information

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Sold for $106,582 (€82,500) at 2012 RM Auctions at Monaco.
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


2012 RM Auctions at Monaco

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€95,000-€130,000 
Sale Price :
USD $106,582 (€82,500.00)

1953 Porsche 356 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 50245
Sold for USD$88,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Open Roads - March
 
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 50947
Sold for USD$159,600
  2021 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1953 Porsche 356 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis#: 60237
Sold for USD$187,701
  2020 RM : The European Sale featuring the Petitjean Collection
 
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 50790
Sold for USD$173,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1953 Porsche 356 Limousine Custom
Chassis#: 50146
Sold for USD$207,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Taj Ma Garaj Collection
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super Coupe
Chassis#: 50161
Sold for USD$88,000
  2018 Gooding & Co. : Amelia Island
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1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super Cabriolet
Chassis#: 60036
Sold for USD$374,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe by Reutter
Chassis#: 50747
Sold for USD$224,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis#: 60266
Sold for USD$257,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
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1953 Porsche 356 1500 Cabriolet by Reutter
Chassis#: 60351
Sold for USD$280,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 60157
Sold for USD$225,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Porsche 356/1500 'Bent Window' Cabriolet
Chassis#: 60115
Sold for USD$275,000
  2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1953 Porsche 356 1100 Coupé
Chassis#: 51009
Sold for USD$142,610
  2016 RM Sothebys : Duemila Ruote
 
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe Custom
Sold for USD$57,750
  2016 Auctions America : Hilton Head
 
1953 Porsche 356 Pre-A Coupe
Sold for USD$100,000
  2016 Mecum : Dallas
 
1953 Porsche 356 pre A 1500 S Coupe
Chassis#: 50894
Sold for USD$288,645
  2016 Coys : Schloss Dyck
 
1953 PORSCHE 356 'PRE A' REUTTER COUPE
Chassis#: 50540
Sold for USD$154,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson : Las Vegas
 
1953 Porsche 356 'Pre-A' Coupé
Chassis#: 51020
Sold for USD$203,491
  2014 LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS
 
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A COUPE REUTTER No reserve
Sold for USD$143,356
  2013 Artcurial - Automobiles Sur Les Champs 5
 
1953 Porsche 356 'Pre-A' Coupe (RHD)
Sold for USD$114,928
  2012 2012 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1953 Porsche 356's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Coupe508132019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $275,000$325,000
1953 PORSCHE 356 PRE-A CABRIOLET601032019 Coys Schloss Dyck   
1953 Porsche 356 1500 Super Pré A Cabriolet602052019 Artcurial : Retroobile $230,000$270,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
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 Coupe514652015 Mecum : Monterey$250,000$275,000$325,000
1953 Porsche 356 Coupe500432015 Mecum : Monterey$310,000$325,000$385,000
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A 1500 Reutter Cabriolet 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Cabriolet 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1953 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupe 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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1948 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Erwin Komenda
Chassis Num: 356-001

Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-040
Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-045
Engine Num: 43

Chassis information for the Porsche 356/2 Gmund
1949 Coupe
Chassis Num: 356/2-045
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1950 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 5358

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1951 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Sauter
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1951 Coupe
Chassis Num: 11167

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Glazer Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Glazer Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Glaser

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 11742
Engine Num: KD/P-32098

Chassis information for the Porsche Type 540 American Roadster
1952 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Glaser
Chassis Num: 12336
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 12371

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 15040
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 50166 or 101684

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 12371
Engine Num: P40511
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 15040

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50064
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50161

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 S Coupe
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 50685
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Coupe
Chassis Num: 50813
Engine Num: 31618

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1953 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 60266
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Coupe 2+2
Chassis Num: 51094

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 52668
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 60568
Engine Num: 33108

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1954 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 80032
Engine Num: 33688

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 53297

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 54089
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Coupe
Chassis Num: 54126

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 60719
Engine Num: 34059
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Continental Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Reutter Karosserie
Chassis Num: 60771
Engine Num: P*35786

Chassis information for the Porsche 356 Devin Special
1955 Speedster
Chassis Num: 80356
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80736

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 America Roadster
Chassis Num: 80741
Engine Num: P-84239
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80879
Engine Num: 60493

Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 80920
Engine Num: 71315
Chassis information for the Porsche 356
1955 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 81009

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 102429
Engine Num: 81727
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 103428
Engine Num: 69468

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 103889
Engine Num: 1280268
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 150752
Engine Num: 70412

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 193428
Engine Num: 69468
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83828
Engine Num: 67278

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83870
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83895
Engine Num: 744333

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Coupe
Chassis Num: 83930
Engine Num: 81280
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 83932

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84100
Engine Num: 67644

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84415
Engine Num: 68323
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84537

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 84590
Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Roadster
Chassis Num: 84708
Engine Num: 69186

Chassis information for the Porsche 356A
1958 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 85724
Engine Num: 82926

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 110307
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 110858
Engine Num: 95072

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 152862
Engine Num: 800204

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87 288
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87214

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87383
Engine Num: 800105
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87432
Engine Num: 601610

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 87746
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 87779

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Coupe
Chassis Num: 87960
Engine Num: 4093259
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88121

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88221
Engine Num: 603331
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88348
Engine Num: 87182

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1960 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Drauz
Chassis Num: 88658

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Coupe
Chassis Num: 112930
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 154048
Engine Num: 87401

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 154790
Engine Num: 604735
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Coupe
Chassis Num: 200701

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 87214
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1961 Roadster
Chassis Num: 88579
Engine Num: 801468

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 120613
Engine Num: 97203

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 120995
Engine Num: 97062
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 121716

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 155816
Engine Num: 700659
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 156083
Engine Num: 700964

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Cabriolet
Chassis Num: 157138
Engine Num: 802965
Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Coupe
Chassis Num: 211519

Chassis information for the Porsche 356B
1962 Roadster
Chassis Num: 89665
Engine Num: 804499

1953 Porsche 356

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