FACTS & INFO
Convertible D Exterior Colors
However, it was also well documented that for an additional cost, one could order a 356 painted in "your choice of color", not normally used in production. The Porsche Accessories brochure, dated February, 1959, for the (late) 356-A lists the following:
300. Special Paint, as offered in the color chart.
The book, Porsche Speedster Typ 540: Quintessential Sports Car, Heinrichs, et al, lists all of the Speedster and Convertible D VINs by engine type and color codes. They also provided a chart showing that all 1,330* Convertible Ds were painted in the standard four colors, except for 31** which were painted in 12 other special-order colors. (Note: in the book's Appendix 2, pages 207 and 238, paint nos. 5707 & 707 were listed erroneously as "Aquamarine metallic". They should be written as "Aquamarine Blue" — a non-metallic paint. Paint nos. 5607 and 607 were "Aquamarine Blue Metallic" — a paint for the 356 models produced in 1956.)
Here is the breakdown from the book by paint code number, color and number produced with the errors on #707 Aquamarine Blue
Note: 710 Enamel, Stone Gray is the only "Special Paint" offered on the 1957-1959 factory color chart that was not originally painted on a Convertible D. However, at least two current D owners have re-painted their cars that color.
1. Johnson, Dr. Brett, Porsche 356 Defined, A Pictorial Guide (Beeman Jorgensen, Inc., 1996), p. 80.
2. White, Charlie, DerWhite's 356 Porsche Factory Accessories, 1956-1965, (DerWhite Productions, Phoenix, AZ, 2004)
3. Heinrichs, Marinello, Perrin, Raskin, Stoddard and Zingg, Porsche Speedster Typ 540: Quintessential Sports Car (Big Lake Media, Inc., 2004), pp. 207-239.
* According to the 2005 book: Speedster 50th Anniversary: Celebration Of An Icon, co-author Steve Heinrichs writes, "Subsequent research has determined that there was...one more Convertible D." On 356TALK Jan. 15, 2006, Heinrichs mentioned that the additional Conv. D #5601, replacement chassis' color is unknown.
** Additional research by Mr. Heinrichs in 2006 indicates that there was only one Aquamarine Blue (#707) Convertible D, instead of two, giving a total of 31 special-order painted Ds and one more Ivory (#5704) D.