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1955 Porsche 356 Speedster

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PROVENANCE Robert A. Holm, Long Beach, California (acquired by 1965) L. P. G., Orange, California (acquired from the above c. 1969) Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above) The car presented here is a remarkable example of Porsche’s most beloved open sports car: the 356 Speedster. Completed on July 29, 1955, this Speedster is a rare “pre-A” variant of which just 1,234 were built throughout 1954 and 1955. According to Porsche factory records, this Speedster was specified for US delivery and finished in white over black, among the most popular color combinations offered for the model. Originally sold through official distributor Hoffman Motors in New York, the Speedster has resided in Southern California for over five decades, as evidenced by its classic “black plates” and an extraordinary file of original records dating back to 1965. The first recorded owner, Robert Holm of Long Beach, kept meticulous records during his ownership and had well-known local specialists (including Chick Iverson, Circle Porsche, and Vasek Polak) carry out regular maintenance throughout the mid- to late-1960s. The next owner, an Orange County-based Porsche enthusiast and collector, acquired the Speedster around 1969, enjoyed it as an occasional driver for the next three decades, and retained it until his recent passing, whereupon it was sold to the current owner. Like many early Speedsters, this car’s original 1500 engine was replaced at some point with a later, more powerful unit – in this case, the engine (numbered 820086) is from a 356 SC. This car also features several other period accessories and updates, including a louvered deck lid, roll bar, and headlight grilles, which add to its charming appearance. Presented today in as-found, ‘garage find’ condition, and appearing to have not seen regular use since the late 1990s, this 356 is an ideal candidate for a complete show-quality restoration or mechanical recommissioning for use in the numerous rallies and tours for which it is eligible.

Reference Number 589501

as of 4/28/2020

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