1957 Porsche 356 ASOLD

Speedster

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This 1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster . It is equipped with a Manual transmission. The vehicle is Aquamarine Metallic with a Red interior. It is offered As-Is, not covered by a warranty. 1957 Porsche 356 A “Super” Speedster Birth Date: 09-25-1956 Chassis No. 82622 Engine No. 80595 Transmission No. 11272 Specs: 1,582 cc four-cylinder engine producing 88 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, four-speed manual transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 82.7” 356 Speedster: The Speedster's origins are well-known; built at the insistence of the legendary Max Hoffman, Porsche's U.S. importer, but bears a brief recounting. Hoffman was responsible for recognizing the special needs of the U.S. market and encouraging, if not coercing, his European partners into building specific models to meet them. The Speedster was one of the most famous and successful fruits of Hoffman's effort. Conceived to meet a specific price point, it was a Spartan purpose-built sporting machine with minimal equipment and no needless accoutrements. Priced at “just” $2,995 to East Coast ports of entry, the seats were skimpy, the mostly-useless top tiny, and the car dispensed with the luxury of roll-up windows in favor of roadster-esque side curtains, by then used only on similarly stripped-down British sports cars. As compared to the 356, the 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. Instrumentation had been reworked to have only three dials: a speedometer, an oil temperature, and an optional tachometer. Seating was also changed with the addition of bucket seats with little mobility. Nevertheless, these cars looked great and were even more exciting and fun 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. Not unsurprisingly, the Speedster was an instant success, offering its drivers an economical and elemental Porsche experience. From barely two year's production, some 1,200 were built and comprised 75 percent of 356 Cabriolet production over the model's six-year life. It was also upgraded with a 1.6 liter engine and continued to establish a formidable, if not invincible, reputation on American race tracks, giving it a serious performance reputation with a youthful, even avant-garde, image. Porsche continued to improve the car, notably its Solex carburetion, a new ZF worm and lever steering arrangement as well as various other mechanical changes that evolved the 356's engineering. Top speeds for the Speedster exceeded 100 miles per hour with zero-to-sixty times in the ten-second range, both very respectable accomplishments in their day. Production of the Speedster peaked at 1,171 cars for 1957. Porsche replaced the Speedster in late 1958 with the “Cabriolet D” model, followed by the 356B “Roadster”, effectively marking the end of an era. Chassis No. 82622: Offered here, is a stunning, numbers-matching 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S “Super” Speedster. At the beginning of this decade, this example was a low-mileage un-restored original with under 55,000 miles, built and finished by Porsche in Ruby Red with a black interior. During the restoration that commenced only a few years ago, the car was comprehensively dismantled, stripped, and carefully refinished in the correct hue of Aquamarine Blue as seen here. Inside, the brilliant red “Autos International”-supplied interior built on original Speedster seats and correct oatmeal colored carpet was done at the same time and is complemented by a matching “Autos International” top and side curtains, boot, and full and half-cab tonneau covers that are faithful to those originally fitted to the car when new. The dashboard instrumentation was not overlooked either, all of which were sent to the world-renowned North Hollywood Speedometer for comprehensive restoration prior to reinstallation. The car's brightwork, chrome, and trim were likewise carefully redone or replaced at this time to complement the quality inherent in this example. Even the rare 1957-only bumper over-rider, original to this car per early photographs, was restored and retained. Spare tire assembly, jack, and tool kit accompany the car as well. Under the sleek rear engine lid, the original 1582 cc “Super” horizontal four-cylinder was completely rebuilt and enhanced with 1750 cc cylinders approximately 1,500 miles ago and then fitted with the correct and original Solex carburetors, one per cylinder bank. Coupled to this, the Speedster-specific four-speed transmission was overhauled at the same time. The car's braking system and suspension were thoroughly re-commissioned as well; master as well as wheel cylinders and all brake lines were replaced. Only 494 out of a total of 3,994 Speedsters had the 1600 "Super" engine! Documented by the Porsche-supplied “Kardex” or Certificate of Authenticity as having the same body and engine with which it left Zuffenhausen over 50 years ago, this highly-collectible, brilliantly engineered sports car, requires only continued care for yet another 50 more years of enjoyment. · A stunning example of the rare and highly desirable “Super” Speedster! · &nb - - Contact DriverSource Sales Team at 281-497-1000 or sales@driversource.com for more information. - Priced to Sell Contact Jose Romero 281-497-1000 -
Color: Aquamarine Metallic
Interior: Red

Reference Number 96995

as of 8/22/2010

Overview
Car 1957 Porsche 356 A
VIN 82622 
Mileage 1.472  
Transmission Manual Shift 
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