1957 Porsche 356 A SpeedsterSOLD
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The Porsche pedigree was well established with designs ranging from the awesome Auto Union V16 Grand Prix car to the Tiger tank. After World War Two however, and fresh from serving a two year prison sentence as a result, Porsche decided in 1947 to build his own sports car. Given project number 356, by August 1948 the first production model had been completed. With aluminium fastback coachwork, pressed steel chassis and the engine behind the rear axle, manufacture began late in 1948 and the 356 debuted at the 1949 Geneva Show.
Power came from a 40bhp, 1,086cc engine mated to a four-speed gearbox, with independent torsion bar/trailing arm suspension and drum brakes all round. Allied to 87mph and 0-60mph in 17 seconds was excellent fuel economy due to good aerodynamics and low weight. In 1951 - the year of the first of Porsche's many Le Mans entries, finishing 20th overall - 1,290 cc and 1,488 cc engines were introduced. The following year came an all-synchromesh gearbox and one-piece windscreen.

By 1954, however, Porsche sales in the USA were suffering from the onslaught of MG, Austin Healey and Triumph, whose cars provided as much exhilaration for a lot less money. It was thus that coachbuilder Reutter penned a minimal shell based on the convertible 356, with low wrap-around windscreen, reduced frontal area and height, removable side screens, a lightweight hood and more basic interior. Selling at a competitive $2,995, and available with 55/70bhp 1,488cc engine, the 100mph Speedster proved popular on road and track - weighing 1501b less than a standard 356, it was also quicker and in 1955 a Speedster won the SCCA's 1,500cc class; indeed, actor James Dean raced one. The same year saw the introduction of the 356A with 1,290cc or 1,582cc engines, the latter producing 60bhp/75bhp.

This Speedster, one of many produced for the American market, left the factory at Stuttgart in 1957 and was imported into the US. The car was sent to the New York distributor; Hoffmans. The car was then sold to its first owner, Mrs M. Von Neumann of California. Mrs Von Neumann was the wife of the seller. The car was then bought in 1962 by its second owner Mr. V.L Vaile of Palm Springs, he kept the car until 1970. It then passed to Mr Kostuik of Denver who started to cary out some work on the car to include re-painting before the car was bought by Miss Maxine Lyon of Beverly Hills in 1986. She found the car in Utah and when she moved to Beverly Hills she had the car trucked to her new home. She used the Speedster as her every day transport for six years. However when she got married and had a children the car was retired to the garage. She eventually sold the car to a dealer in 1995 where the fifth owner found the car and bought it back to his home in Glasgow, Scotland. Upon shipping the car to the UK from California he set about a comprehensive retoration of the car.with all bodywork being bought back to as new condition and strikingly re-finished in Florida Green and re-trimmed in Black leather upholstry. The engine was sent to 356 expert Barry Curtis for re-building.

Reference Number 658

as of 6/7/2006

Car 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster
VIN 83099 
Exterior / Interior Color      Green /      Black 
Options Interior: Leather interior 
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