chassis number: 51908
engine number: 32669 (now 4096034)
gearbox number: 3335 (now 78139)
original colour: Ivory White (5404) with red vinyl interior
build date: April 1954
supplying dealer: Max Hoffman, New York
- Expertly built road and race Pre-A 356
- Specification compliant with FIA regulations
- 1,600 cc engine dyno tested at 129 hp / 6,600 rpm
- Recently completed and hardly used since
An expertly put together 356 competition car that is eligible for all the best events. Recently completed by UK 356 specialists, PR Services, to FIA Appendix K rules it would make an ideal entry for the Tour Auto, Mille Miglia or Modena Cento Ore.
Originally delivered to the US via Max Hoffman in New York in April 1954, this pre-A 356 is presented in its original attractive colours. The restoration was completed in two stages. Starting with a complete and relatively corrosion free chassis, still with the original numbered doors and bonnet, the previous owner commissioned PR Services to restore the car to an “outlaw” road specification.
The current owner acquired the car as an unpainted shell in 2017 and proceeded to refinish it in its original Ivory White colour with red accents on the interior. He also had the car prepared mechanically for competition, specifically with the intention of using it on the prestigious Mille Miglia retrospective.
The engine is particularly special, being built by PRS using a set of the stronger 912 crankcases as a foundation. It uses 83mm Shasta pistons and cylinders (equating to 1,600 cc), a NeuTek SX-3 camshaft, optimised cylinder heads, a full flow oil filtration system with remote oil cooler, and a lightened flywheel. It is fitted with Solex 40 PII carburettors.
The engine has been tested on a rolling road and produced 129hp at 6,600 rpm, or more than double what the car would have had when new. The gearbox is a late dual nose mounted type 741 with shortened ratios and limited slip differential fitted. The brakes have been uprated with 60mm Carrera-type front drums.
The car has been set up for safe circuit and event usage with a plumbed-in fire extinguisher system, internal and external ignition cut-outs, a rear roll cage, towing eyes and four-point racing harnesses. It was completed earlier in 2021 and has had not much more than shakedown mileage since.