Posted by: porschebahn | March 24, 2010

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet

The gorgeous ’55 356 Continental Cabrio was displayed by Glynette & Barry Wolk of Farmington Hills, Michigan at this years Amelia Island Concours. The description read:

The 356 design is also known as the “Bathtub” Porsche because of the shape, this body style was made by Reutter of Stuttgart, Germany.

1955 Max Hoffman was the sole importer of Porsches shipped to the U.S. Convinced Americans did not buy cars with model numbers for names, Hoffman created the name “Speedster” for the stripped-down 356 and “Continental” for the coupe and cabriolet. Ford Motor Company insisted “Continental” be dropped because that name had already been chosen for its new division. The “Continentals” were recalled and badged as “Europeans”.

The 1955 Porsche Continental has a four-cylinder, 1,500cc, 55 hp engine. There were only about 100 Continentals imported to the U.S.


Responses

  1. Whitewalls?

    • Don’t you LOVE ‘em!

  2. Whitewalls were standard on the Export-only “Continental”. They were mounted to very skinny 3.25″ x 16″ wheels with the turbo trims installed at the factory per the Kardex for this car.

    Were you there when we were awarded a Hagerty Youth Judging Award?

    [IMG]http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg18/barry2952/Amelia/63434-1.jpg[/IMG]

    Barry

  3. Barry,

    I personally Love the whitewalls and the fact that they were standard is even better. Beautiful car!

    I did not see the award presentations; I was caught up in taking pictures. Congratulations!

    Wally

  4. Beautiful car! I wish there were more around like this still today


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