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Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Award WinnerPorsche A.G., Stuttgart, Germany (retained until July 1956)Paul Kane, Longboat Key, Florida (acquired by February 1988)L. Julian Hardy, Naples, Florida (acquired by the early 1990s)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
Concours on the Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, August 2015PCA Werks Reunion, Monterey, California, August 2015Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, Florida, March 2016(Amelia Award – Rare 356 Open)
This outstanding early “Pre-A” 356 Speedster claims unusual use as a factory show car during late 1955 and early 1956. Comprehensively restored in the 1990s by a longtime 356 expert, this car was brought up to show-quality standards last year, as confirmed by a recent award at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
According to a copy of the factory Kardex, chassis no. 80612 was finished in white with a black interior, and specified as a European example with instruments in kilometers. Most notably, the word Ausstellungswagen, translating to “Exhibition Car,” is entered in the section reserved for buyer names. Consistent with this concept, the buyer’s delivery date in July 1956 is a full 13 months after the factory completion date in June 1955, implying that the car was retained by Porsche for exhibition purposes for more than a year. The Kardex also lists Porsche Designs of Salzburg, Austria, as the dealership of record.
In the 1980s, the Speedster came into the care of a Florida-based owner, and by the early 1990s it had sold to Porsche 356 Registry member Julian Hardy, an expert in Bosch horn restoration. Mr. Hardy then had the Speedster restored to its original factory appearance and retained possession of the beautiful 356 until 2015, comprising nearly 25 years of ownership.
Acquired then by the consignor, the Speedster was presented twice during the 2015 Pebble Beach Car Week, at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on theAvenue, and the Porsche Club of America’s Second Annual Werks Reunion in Monterey. Afterward, the consignor commissioned a round of sympathetic freshening that included sourcing a correct, unnumbered 1500 engine. This engine was then properly rebuilt to Super specifications, cosmetically detailed, and installed, while a set of reproduction luggage was also sourced. With this work completed in late 2015, the Speedster was invited to appear at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, where it won an Amelia Award for best Rare Open Porsche.
Accompanied by a Hazet tool kit, this 356 Speedster is highly authentic, displaying matching-numbers body panels and the original 16" wheels. It is also equipped with a period-correct Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, and is finished in its factory-issued color scheme. Ideal for PCA gatherings, regional concours, and driving events, this beautifully restored early-production Speedster is a bona-fide Porsche show car that would make a spectacular acquisition for any sports car enthusiast.