Lot 177

2022   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1956 Porsche 356 A Speedster

Coachwork by Reutter

Estimate

$375,000 - $450,000

Chassis

81120

Engine

60319

Car Highlights

Concours-Winning Example of Porsche’s Iconic 1950s Sports Car, Eligible for Numerous Events and Rallies

California Car from New; Finished in Its Original Color Combination

Matching-Numbers Engine and Transaxle as Verified by Porsche Kardex on File

Two-Year Restoration, with Less than 100 Miles Since Completion

Accompanied by Jack, Tool Kit, Owner’s Manual, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine

Twin Solex 32 PBIC Carburetors

60 BHP at 4,500 RPM

4-Speed Manual Transaxle

4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

Front and Rear Fully Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars and Shock Absorbers

Register to Bid

Justin Gosaynie

Dr. Charles Brewer, Los Angeles, California (acquired new via Competition Motors in 1955)

Hinz Rowland, San Marino, California (acquired from the above)

Ben Reiling, San Marino, California (acquired from the above in 2002)

Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance, California, 2007 (Second Place)

San Marino Motor Classic, California, 2013 (Third in Class)

Greystone Mansion Concours D’Elegance, California, 2014 (First in Class)

San Marino Motor Classic, California, 2015 (First in Class)

Porsche Club of America Concours D’Elegance, California, 2017 (First in Class)

Combining open-top driving pleasure with refined driving characteristics, the Speedster variant has long been a staple of Porsche’s sports car lineup. Its popularity is thanks to none other than the 356 Speedster, introduced to the US market in 1954. It combined the style of a cabriolet with a raked windscreen and minimalist interior equipment. Designed to compete with the less-expensive British sports cars, its purpose was simple: provide an option for drivers who desired a bare-bones sports car dedicated solely to the sheer enjoyment of driving.

Since its introduction, the 356 Speedster has remained a sought-after option among enthusiasts. Initially powered by a 1.5-liter flat-four, the introduction of the 356 A in 1955 offered numerous changes, including an increase in power with the new 1.6-liter, 60 bhp engine. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity on file, chassis 81120 was completed on November 30, 1955, and is thus amongst the earliest of the 356 A Speedsters built. It left the factory wearing Signal Red paint, a Beige leatherette interior, and US specification sealed-beam headlights. Imported to the US by Hoffman Motor Company, it was sent directly to Competition Motors in Los Angeles, and has remained in Los Angeles ever since.

Its first owner, Dr. Charles Brewer, lovingly cared for the car for over 30 years, preserving it in original condition. By the 1980s, it was in the hands of Hinz Rowland, who after many years of enjoyment, gave the Speedster an updated coat of Signal Red paint, and subsequently passed it into the ownership of Ben Reiling. Under Mr. Reiling’s ownership, the Speedster frequented local concours events, finishing in the top of its class on numerous occasions.

By 2013, an extensive two-year restoration was commissioned, performed by Nick’s Old Car Specialty of Redlands, California. During its restoration, the original engine and four-speed manual transaxle were completely rebuilt, its Signal Red paint was restored, and more recently, high-quality, knock-off, Rudge-style wheels were fitted. The result, documented with extensive photographs and receipts, is a stunning, period-correct finish, which has continued to place top of class at prestigious events following the restoration.

Beautifully presented today, this 356 A Speedster is accompanied by an owner’s manual, tool kit, jack, brake drums, and five date-coded, five-lug wheels. In addition, its COA, a copy of its original Kardex, and awards are provided. Eligible for countless rallies and concours events, this remarkable example of a 356 A Speedster checks all the boxes and presents an opportunity for its next owner to drive, show, and enjoy.