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Lot 39

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1957 Porsche 356 A Speedster

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $533,500

Estimate

$550,000 - $650,000

Chassis

83440

Engine

65842

Car Highlights

A Truly Exceptional Example of Porsche’s Iconic 1950s Sports Car
One of Only 141 Speedsters Originally Painted Black
Concours-Quality Restoration Overseen by 356 Specialist Tom Scott
First in Class and Best of Show Restored at the 2017 Porsche Club of America Parade
Matching-Numbers Engine, Gearbox, and Body Panels; Offered with Books and Tools

Technical Specs

1,582 CC Type 616/1 Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin Solex 32 PICB Carburetors
60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Fully Independent Torsion-Bar Suspension with Shock Absorbers
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Completed on June 26, 1957, this Speedster, chassis 83440, is a very late example of the T-1 body style, which combines pure design elements of the earliest 356 models with many cosmetic and mechanical improvements introduced for the A series. According to factory records, this Speedster was originally painted black (code 701) and prepared for US delivery with bumper over-riders and sealed-beam headlamps. Notably, only 141 Speedsters were finished in black, making this a particularly rare and desirable car.

In 2015, the current owner – who acquired the Speedster over 25 years ago – decided to have it restored to show condition, with the goal of entering it in national concours events. He entrusted the project to Tom Scott of Englewood, Colorado, a respected model specialist who has served as a Porsche Club of America judge for over two decades. In fact, 356s restored by Mr. Scott have earned many prestigious awards – including four PCA Best of Show honors – and are found in major private collections.

Over the next two years, 83440 was meticulously restored under Scott’s direction by a team of award-winning Denver-area craftsmen and experts, including Byron Hamilton (metalwork), Mike Slaughter (paint), Pat Moyle (mechanics), and Jim Skinner (upholstery). The entire process was chronicled by hundreds of photographs and carried out with the utmost care and attention to detail.

In July 2017, the Speedster debuted at the PCA Parade in Spokane, Washington, where it scored 299.1 out of a possible 300 total points and was justifiably awarded First Place in the competitive 356 Full Concours Restoration Division. It was then re-judged to determine the Best of Show of all restored cars, which it handily won.

In August 2017, the Speedster was displayed at the prestigious Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance in Denver and was selected as Second Place overall from 70 high-quality collector cars. Today, it remains in pristine condition in all respects, and is poised for future success on the show field.

Significantly, the car retains its original matching-numbers engine and transaxle, stamped body panels, as well as correct 1957 date-coded components such as the fuel tank, VDO sending unit, gauges, coil, distributor, wheels, and hubcaps. It is also offered with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of the original Kardex, and a concours-quality tool kit, jack, and handbook set.

Gooding & Company is honored to present this exceptional 356 at auction, as it is one of the finest examples we have encountered. Scott himself recently described it as “unquestionably the most authentically perfect and meticulously restored, exquisite, museum-quality Speedster in the world.” Close examination is strongly encouraged, as it is sure to impress the most discriminating collector.