Sleek and Classic Style

The 1959 Porche 356A Roadster

Article by Lila Ruppe

Photography by Rachel Audette, The Turquoise Camera

Originally published in Arvada Lifestyle

Close your eyes and imagine cruising with the top down in a sleek, sophisticated car with rich character and history. If that sounds like a dream, meet the 1959 Porsche 356 Roadster at Elevation Motors.

This particular Porsche is a rare factory hardtop model with a rebuilt performance engine. As a modified vintage Porsche, it is known as an Outlaw. The dealership came into possession of it after it had been owned locally for about 40 years. Proving its impressive quality, it has won awards in multiple local Porsche shows.

Elevation Motors manager Damon Shuey says, “For people that are into vintage Porsches, this is a very exciting car.” The age of the car in conjunction with its superb condition makes this truly a stand-out vehicle. “The older, the better,” he notes.


● Rebuilt 1.6L flat-four engine

● Rear-wheel drive, manual transmission

● Eye-catching red leather interior

● Teardrop-shaped taillights introduced by Porsche in 1957

The 356 was Porsche’s first model, making this a coveted vehicle. In model year 1956, the 356 was replaced with the 356 A; as a 1959, Elevation Motors’ Porsche falls into this category. The rarity of this particular model increases its desirability and worth. They are exceptionally difficult to come by; Shuey comments that he has only sold a handful of Porsche 356 A Roadster Outlaws in his years at the dealership.

With a sleek black exterior and a red leather interior, this 1959 Porsche 356 Roadster is both functional and visually striking. The eye-catching red leather seating fits four and contrasts with the dark sophisticated body for a vehicle that refuses to be ignored. All of these factors contribute to this vehicle’s approximate $228,000 worth.

The current home of this Porsche, Elevation Motors, is just as unique as the vehicle itself. What started on a small lot in West Colfax in 2008 is now one of the Denver area's largest indoor dealers operating out of a renovated bowling alley. Elevation Motors’ focus is specialty cars, such as the 1959 Porsche 356 Roadster. “We sell specialty vehicles that might be harder to sell than your average vehicle,” Shuey notes. Outside of vintage Porsches, this also includes exotics and muscle cars.

For more information, visit elevationmotors.com.

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