Lot 81

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1956 Porsche 356 A Speedster

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $467,500


$400,000 - $500,000





Car Highlights

Exceptionally Well-Preserved Example
Retains Many Original Finishes and Details
Engine and Transmission Numbers Correspond to Porsche Kardex
Accompanied by Jack, Partial Tool Kit, Owner’s Manual, and File of Receipts
A Remarkable Example of Porsche’s Legendary Speedster

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Two Solex 32 PICB Carburetors
60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Fully Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars and Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

*Please note that this vehicle is titled 1957.

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Created at the request of New York distributor Max Hoffman, the Porsche 356 Speedster was a stripped-down variant of Porsche’s first production model, with a lightweight top, low windscreen, sporting seats, and no roll-up windows. Speedsters became instantly popular with driving enthusiasts, weekend racers, and professional drivers alike, and were prized for their nimble, well-balanced handling and robust engineering and build quality. Talk to a Speedster owner today and you’ll find that such enthusiasm continues. The model enjoys membership in many of the world’s top collections and is often the car being driven the most, a result of the Speedster’s friendly nature and road manners.

After years searching for an original-condition Speedster, the consignor acquired this beautiful example approximately four years ago. Upon close examination, he determined that his new find was impressively authentic and that certain careful improvements would yield something truly special. The Porsche was detailed and brought to a higher standard while preserving originality wherever possible. Work completed includes the replacement of a reproduction soft top with an example that, according to an upholsterer very familiar with 356 tops, retained its factory fabric. This top accompanies what are believed to be the Speedster’s original tonneau cover and side curtains, which remain with the car. The Speedster had been updated with teardrop taillights, as was sometimes done in the period, which were reverted back to proper beehive units using the original holes still visible on the sheet metal. Engine tin that was oxidized was replaced with proper originals sourced for their better cosmetic condition. This meticulous attention to detail has delivered remarkable results, with this Speedster retaining the irreplaceable charm of an authentic, unrestored 356.

Selective paintwork is thought to be limited to the doors, the taillight area, the nose, and front edge of the hood. The rest of the Speedster’s finish, as well as the interior upholstery and carpeting, are believed by the consignor to be original to the car.

Examples of the Porsche 356 Speedster such as this are becoming extremely scarce. With a lovely patina, this captivating Speedster is sure to impress both Porsche enthusiasts and originality-focused collectors. Accompanied by a jack, tool kit, owner’s manual, a file of receipts, and a copy of the factory Porsche Kardex that documents its matching-numbers engine and transmission, this Speedster deserves serious consideration.