1957 Porsche 356 A 1600S Speedster SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$99,000 Sold

88hp at 5,000rpm, 1,582cc four-cylinder engine, four-speed synchromesh manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"

The possibilities that the 356 offered were limitless. Despite the fact that most of the early Porsches were essentially Volkswagens, it was clear that these little sports cars had an untapped potential within them. With a beautiful bathtub body designed by Erwin Komenda and a 25 horsepower powerplant, the 356 offered Americans a design they had yet to comprehend.

Porsche ’ s footing in North America was unsteady until the fall of 1954 when the latest rendition of the 356, the Speedster, found itself a curiously receptive audience. Curious only in that the construction of the new Speedsters appeared as though designers had mistakenly left out many components and accessories standard on the previous year ’ s Cabriolet models. This was obviously not the case though, as the spartan Porsche was the brainchild of importer Max Hoffman and had been designed with the aim of reducing the cost of the 356 Speedster as low as possible.

Notable changes and improvements on the new Speedsters included a revised windshield that significantly lowered the look of the car. A chrome strip down the side of the car was also added and gone were unnecessary items such as an effective top (the new Speedster tops were not known for their air tight or waterproof fit). Instrumentation had been reworked to have only three dials: a speedometer, oil temperature and an optional tachometer. Seating was also changed with the addition of bucket seats that supported the driver and passenger snugly. Nevertheless, these cars looked great and were even more exciting to drive. With the reduced weight from the elimination of many trim items, the experience of driving a Speedster was remarkably different from the standard Cabriolet.

The 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S Speedster pictured here is a lovely representation of why these cars have become very collectable. Although originally Ruby Red with a black interior, when it was restored the exterior was repainted black and the interior was finished in red and black with a black top. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the car, the Speedster was originally built with and still retains dual ‘ Ponto ’ mirrors, two seatbelts, bumper, and twin fog lights. In very presentable condition overall, the vendor assures us that this will be a superb and extremely enjoyable car to drive and show.

Speedsters are comparatively affordable, comfortable to drive, provide ample power for short distance driving and long distance tours, and are supported by one of the largest clubs in the collector car hobby. This particular Porsche will always be a welcome participant on such events and we encourage close examination of this Speedster, as it will undoubtedly prove to be a pleasure to own and drive for its next enthusiastic owner.

Reference Number 5756

as of 1/9/2007

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Car 1957 Porsche 356 A 1600S Speedster
VIN 83712 
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