Type: Used Year: 1957 Make: Porsche Model: 356A Speedster Body: Convertible Trans: Manual Stock 1957356ASPEEDSTER Vin: 83532
Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Cabriolets had been manufactured right from the start of 356 production, but the first open Porsche to make a significant impact was the Speedster, introduced in 1954 following the successful reception in the USA with a batch of 15 special roadsters. With its sales declining, the Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilised Convertible D, a more practical car than the Speedster boasting a larger protective windscreen, wind-up side windows and more comfortable seats while retaining the original's beautiful body lines and downward sloping waistline beloved of 356 enthusiasts. The D was built on the Speedster chassis with an almost identical body and considered to be a great improvement over the Speedster. Overall, the new car was 3½ inches taller. With its preferred coachbuilder Reutter struggling to keep up with the ever increasing demand, Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders, Convertible D production being undertaken by Drauz of Heilbronn, hence the 'D' suffix. When the restyled Porsche 356B arrived in September 1959, convertible production transferred to D'Ieteren o
This very rare to find RHD car was bought from one of the most well respected classic Porsche dealers in the UK (mated-page) in 2007. It has since remained in a garaged environment and has been well maintained and very lightly driven (never on rainy days). Prior to purchasing the car it had gone through a complete check and replacement of any mechanical and cosmetic parts and was completely serviced by 356 specialist Andy Prill. Its 1600 super engine is in perfect running order. It is a matching numbers example with no additions or retractions from when it came from the factory. A complete documented history is available on request.
This excellent Porsche 356 Speedster was first delivered in December 1956 to the USA, fitted with a 1600cc engine and finished in Signal Red with Tan vinyl, with options of sealed beam headlights and US specification bumpers.
(SOLD) Just over 4,800 Speedsters were built and sold over the model's not-quite-seven year production life. 80697, the example offered here, is one of just 233 from the 1955 model year, and left the factory wearing white paint and a red interior. Its current owner states that it has been sitting partially disassembled in his Oregon garage for the past 13 years; prior to that it had been in dry storage for over a decade. The car appears reasonably complete, including its hard-to-find bumpers and over-riders, aluminum side trim, beehive taillights, and folding-top assembly. According to the owner, repairs to the usual rust in the floors and battery areas had been started by the previous owner. The car comes with new replacement floors and battery box ready to be installed, along with several boxes of small original parts. The nose clip may have been replaced earlier. The owner believes the Type 546/2 1500cc 60hp Normal engine, which has been removed from the car and disassembled, to be original; its number is correct for the model and year. The odometer registers 66,714 miles, which may be actual, since the car does not appear to have been driven since the late 1970s. Included with
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