1956 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera SpeedsterSOLD
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Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera Speedster

Reference Number 127357

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1956 Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Carrera Speedster
VIN 82012 
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Known History

Carrera : At Porsche, this magic word is synonymous with exceptional performance. It arose from the victory of a Spyder 550 at the Carrera Panamericana race in 1953. From that moment on, the Carrera versions were fitted with race-designed engines, endowed with four overhead camshafts and dual ignition, known as the 1500 GS. It delivered 100 bhp in its first version and was fantastic in competition. With endurance added to the power, it carried off the formidable Liege?Rome?Liege race in 1954. The engine was also fitted in all types of touring, coupe and cabriolet bodies and therefore accompanied the career of the 356, born in March 1949 and which offered the bases for all future road Porsches. The 1500 GS Carrera was exhibited for the first time at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show and up to 1960 production of these models was limited to about 700 examples. Today, the rarity of these models, their performance and their undisputed sporting success makes them the most sought after Porsches on the market.

 

This superb example, ivory white with red interior, was delivered new to New York by the importer Max Hoffman. The new price at the time was 17,300 deutschmarks, which included as options the Nardi steering wheel and Rudge alloy wheels, which are particularly rare on these models. Also fitted with grills on the front headlights, this Carrera Speedster spent its life in the United States before being sold to Axel Schütte in Germany. It was then completely restored regardless of cost before being sold in 2008 to the current owner, who put it in his own collection. It is now fitted with a Porsche 356 engine with rocker arm developing about 105 bhp, which is easier to use and more flexible than the original Carrera. The four overhead camshaft engine No. 95065 from a 356B Carrera GT is delivered in a box with the car. The internal numbers originally affixed bear the same number 072 under the door covers.

 

This Carrera Speedster Carrera is a superb car, combining rarity and beauty, and is perfect both for historic rallies and for Sunday outings.