To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Amelia Island event, 8 - 9 March 2019. Estimate:$225,000 - $275,000 In current ownership since 1975All-original body panels; 61,744 original milesComprehensive rotisserie restorationIncludes copy of factory KardexPorsche Production Specifications certificatePorsche s 356 Speedster has become an icon, and the number of undiscovered examples of these little jewels shrinks year by year.Porsche Speedsters were introduced in 1954 to fill U.S. distributor Max Hoffman s demand for a less expensive model to compete with the popular British and Italian imports then dominating the growing American market. Porsche responded with a stripped two-seater with a base price of just under $3,000. The 356 Speedster was an immediate hit with American enthusiasts.This beautifully restored Speedster had belonged to a Chicago-area foreign car dealer who had disassembled the car for restoration, but by mid-1975 realized that he was never going to complete the project. Unfortunately, he had lost track of the original 1500 S 70-hp engine. The car then passed into the hands of the current owner in Alabama. A 1958 Normal engine was located and rebuilt by a local German air-cooled specialist, and uprated with a big bore kit, hotter cam, and other modifications. The new owner had given the car a quickie paint job to suffice until he could get to a proper restoration. That s where things stood for another 40 years. In 2004, the owner began five years of researching every detail of what would be required to begin a top-level reconstruction. Thereafter, an additional five years was spent on a complete, rotisserie, bare-metal restoration. The paint is the original Speedster White and it took me almost a year to get the actual Glasurit paint code, which the car has, says the consignor. More than 450 hours were spent on preparation, painting, reassembly, and the panel gaps are perfect in all respects. Although this Speedster is believed to have spent its early years in Illinois, it showed minimal corrosion in the usual suspect areas. The floor panels and battery box were intact but not perfect, so they were replaced. The doors and both lids were found to be numbers-matching and undamaged, and the nose and tail clip seams appear untouched. The seats and interior were correctly reupholstered in red leatherette. There is a new fabric top with new side curtains, fresh 1955-specific rubber front floor mats and other rubber items. All the instruments were rebuilt, and all the original exterior trim pieces and badges were re-plated. The interior knobs and switches are refurbished originals. Porsche supplied both a new Sigla windshield and the owner also acquired NOS heater canisters. The original four-speed gearbox was overhauled by the well-respected Mike Robbins. The wheels are the correct 16-in. diameter examples, fitted with Michelin radials for better handling, but a set of period-correct Dunlop bias-ply tires is included. Since the restoration was completed in 2014, the owner has driven this Speedster less than 1,500 miles and only in dry weather. Certainly among the finest Speedsters anywhere, this low-mileage example is supplied with a partial tool roll, correct jack, spare, restoration invoices, and books. This Speedster can be immediately enjoyed by its next fortunate owner and needs nothing more to be concours ready than to drive it on the show field.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys Amelia Island event, 8 - 9 March 2019. Estimate:$300,000 - $350,000 Early 356 Pre-A Speedster in correct Signal RedMatching-numbers engine and transmissionIncludes spare set of original wheels with correct tiresNewer top boot and German weave carpetingIncludes Porsche Certificate of AuthenticityThe earliest Porsche 356s are perhaps the purest definitions of Ferry Porsche s vision of building a sports car with a low curb weight and ample power. American importer Max Hoffman had Ferry s ear in the early 1950s when he suggested that an even more pure, and relatively affordable, 356 would be appealing to buyers on the sunny West Coast of the U.S.By early 1951, a prototype was built and shown to Hoffman. The importer responded positively and urged Porsche to put it into production under the name America Roadster. However, Porsche s decision to build the car from aluminum meant that it was light but expensive. A mere 17 were built, which could have soured Porsche s taste for Hoffman s idea. Convinced of the American market s importance based on its impressive sales volume by the early 1950s, Porsche sent representatives to meet with Hoffman in New York to hash out a plan for a less costly alternative. The result was the 356 Speedster, a steel-bodied, simplified roadster with a low, raked windscreen, a minimal folding top, and a spartan interior devoid even of roll-up windows or a heater. The price point for this simple Porsche a hair below $3,000 was about $1,600 less than the America Roadster.The 1955 356 Speedster offered here is presented in factory-correct Signal Red over black. The present owner acquired the car from Ray Lintott, owner of the Porsche Sydney South dealership in Australia. Prior to his acquisition in 2002, the car was restored by marque specialists at Tom Black s Garage in Portland, Oregon, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 2003, the Speedster was entered in the first Quail Rally Monterey and was stored in California until purchased by the present owner in 2006.The 356 Speedster has been driven sparingly since. Its red lacquer paint shows well. Period stone guards cover its headlights. Its black top features new side curtains, and a Haartz cloth half boot, as well as a full tonneau cover. Inside, the Speedster has new German weave carpeting and black bucket seats with shoulder belts. All of its admittedly limited details, such as its simple VDO gauges and ivory knobs, are correct for an early 356 Pre-A. It shows limited signs of having been enjoyed, making it an appealingly usable example in contrast to those 356s bound for concours life. Its current owner has driven it about 2,000 miles for 356 club events in the desert southwest. To make it more drivable on modern roads nearly 65 years after it was built, the 356 s current owner replaced the original-specification carburetor and distributor with units better suited to high-altitude driving, and the electrical system was converted to a 12-volt system. A correct Solex Type 32 PB carburetor is included. Additionally, the 356 is fitted with Michelin 165/15 tires and chrome wheels, though a set of five correct 3 -in. tires and original wheels are included with the car as well.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am19.
1955 PORSCHE 356 SPEEDSTER REPLICA A BEAUTIFUL Car! Constant Head Turner! Beige w/ Brown Interior Tastefully built in Tuscon, Arizona FIBERFAB INTERNATIONAL 1969 VW Pan 1600cc Single Carb LOW miles of 2,400 since completed in 2012 I purchased from the builder w/ 212 miles - i am the only owner New Cooler Core New Battery New Oil Hose New Correct Marchal Fog Lights New Correct Banjo Steering Wheel New VDO Voltmeter Gauge New Seatbelts New Chrome Wheels and Tires New Black Top Upgraded to Front Disc Brakes Car has ALWAYS been garaged Please Note The Following Vehicle Location is at our clients home and Not In Cadillac, Michigan. We do have a showroom with about 25 cars that is by appointment only Please Call First and talk to one of our reps at 231-468-2809 EXT 1 FREE Consignment Visit Our Site Today Easy To List Your Vehicle and Get it Sold in Record Time.
Is this beautiful 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Replica With only 13.000 miles. Car is titled as 1955 Porsche. Has 1835CC Dual port VW Engine with Dual Webber Carbs. Canvas top has small cut less then the size of a quarter.