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Porsche 356-A Factory Accessories! 

 

Below is a listing of Porsche 356-A Factory accessories as shown in an accessory brochure believed to be from 1956. The standard items are included, and some others rarely seen. Check out the James Dean looking guy in the photo of accessory QA 43. Unfortunately, not all items had photos in the booklet, but most that were included are shown here. The items included in this website are not for sale! They are presented here so that enthusiasts can learn what items were available and see what they look like.

 


Undated accessory brochures believed to be for 1956, red is English languge, blue is French language.

See a listing of factory accessories from
Accessories Catalog dated
June 1957.

June 1957 Accessory Catelog



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1956 Factory Accessory Catalog:

1. QA 21  -  Foglights, amber lenses, bumper mounted ($26.20).

2. QA 21a  -  Foglights, amber lenses, body mounted ($26.20).


Foglight mounted to the body.


3. QA 23  -
 Standard Coupe seats for Speedster ($28.60).


4. QA 24  -  8-day Clock, mounted in glove compartment door ($9.00).


5. QA 25  -  Trouble Light with cord, plugs into lower edge of instrument panel ($1.65).

6. QA 26  -  Sliding Roof ($155.00).

7. QA 27  -  Chrome Wheels ($59.50).

   In September 1957, Porsche announced a price reduction for chrome wheels, from  
 275DM to 250DM ($65 to $60), as described in
Christophorus #11, September 1957!

8. QA 28  -  Wheel Rings, finned & bolted to wheel (not for 15 in. wheels).

9. QA 29  -  Rear View Mirror, clips to driver's side front fender ($3.00).

 

Beginning May 1, 1956, German law required an outside rear view mirror, Christophorus #4 Engish, July 1956.


10. QA 31  -  Coco Mats ($6.20).

11. QA 32  -  Headrests, leather ($13.50 each).

12. QA 32a  -  Headrests, Leatherette & Corduroy ($11.50 each).

13. QA 32b  -  Headrests, Leatherette ($11.50 each).

Radio Options!

14. QA 33  -  3 Band Radio with 2 speakers (AM/FM/SW).


Looks like a Blaupunkt.....not named in the accessory booklet!

Blaupunkt Bremen AM/LW ($89.50).

Blaupunkt Stuttgart AM/LW/SW ($109.00).

Blaupunkt Frankfurt AM/FM/LW ($126.00).

Blaupunkt Koln AM/FM/LW Automatic ($165.50).

Becker Europe AM ($96.50).

Becker Europe AM/FM ($122.60).

Becker Mexico AM/FM Automatic ($180.00).

In September 1957, Porsche announced that the Phillips "Paladin" radio could be ordered, upon request, from
the factory.
The "Paladin" radio had middle and long wave, and an automatic selector. At that time, Blaupunkt,
Becker, Wandel and Goltermann radios could be ordered as accessories from the factory,
although the latter
did not appear in the factory accessory catalogs. (Source:  Christophorus magazine, #11, September 1957).

15. QA 34  -  Retractable Antennae, hand crank (below) ($19.35).


Have you ever seen a hand crank antenna?

16. QA 34a  -  Retractable Antennae, automatic electric-above ($47.60).

Seat Options!

17. QA 36  -  Bench Seat (front), split back, with recliner mechanisms ($26.20).

18. QA 37  -  Foam Plastic Filled Cushion for driver seat - Speedster ($3.30).

  19. QA 38  -  Luggage Rack, silver metalic finish, with tie down straps ($18.60, straps-$6.00). 



    Picture from accessory catalog.                       Picture from Christo #1, 1956                   Picture from Christo #1, 1956 

Early Luggage Options!

  20. QA 39  -  Single Piece of Luggage for behind auxilliary seat ($46.50).

  21. QA 39a  -  3-piece luggage Set, for inside car, leather, with tie down straps ($93.00).

22. QA 39b  -  2-piece Luggage Set, for inside car, leather, with tie down straps ($84.65).

23. QA 40  -   Plaid Canvas Luggage for front trunk compartment ($37.20).
24. QA 40a  -  Leather Luggage for front trunk compartment ($15.25).

25. QA 41  -  Cast Headlight Grills ($23.50).

Picture shows grills airbrushed into photo.

26. QA 42  -  Crash Helmet with Porsche Crest ($12.40).

27. QA 43  -  White Twill Coveralls, elastic wrist & ankle bands, PORSCHE across back ($10.00).

Could this be James Dean?

28. QA 44  -  Safety Belt, quick release, complete with mounting hardware.

29. QA 48  -  Chrome Headlight Hoods.

No listing for red tail lights with blue spots!

30. QA 49  -  Tonneau Cover, zippered ($23.40).

31. QA 50  -  Reclining Seat Mechanism, converts standard seat to reclining seat (L&R).



Original prices courtesy of Jerry Haussler, another 356 Porsche literature collector.



June 1957 Accessory Catalog:

Original prices from the accessory catalog are shown after each item in red.

1.  2 fog lamps recessed in body or fitted on bumper, ($26.20).
2.  2 fog lights fitted on reinforced bumper, ($17.85).
3.  2 headlight grills removable, ($23.50).
4.  Sliding roof, ($155.00).
5.  Outside rear view mirror, ($3.00).
6.  Luggage rack silver, ($18.60).
7.  Luggage rack in the color of the car, ($20.95).
8.  4 straps for 2 pairs of skis on the luggage rack, ($1.60).
9.  1 set straps for luggage rack-3 pieces, ($6.00).
10. Chrome strips for Coupe, Convertible & Speedster, ($6.00).
11. Supplementary side windows for draft proof ventilation, ($5.80).  


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Sources:  Porsche Factory 356-A Accessory Catalogs, 1956, and June 1957.

  


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