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Coachwork by Reutter
From the Jerry Seinfeld Collection
PCA Porsche Parade, July 2010, St. Charles, Illinois (First in Class, Best of Show Restored)
The 356 presented here is surely among the finest examples to be found of Porsche’s most beloved open sports car: the Speedster.
Completed on March 25, 1957, this Speedster, chassis 83124, is a late-production example of the T-1 body style, which combines the pure design elements of the earliest 356 models with many cosmetic and mechanical improvements made for the 356 A program. According to factory records, this Speedster was originally finished in Aquamarine Metallic Blue (code 607), one of the most attractive colors offered for the 356 series, and specified for US delivery with bumper over-riders and sealed beam headlamps.
Delivered new through Hoffman Motors in New York, the Speedster spent many years in California with its second owner, who had acquired the 356 as a used car in 1958. The Porsche was regularly driven for the next two decades and later joined its long-term owner when he relocated to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. In early 2009, Tom Scott of Denver, Colorado – a respected national Porsche judge and proprietor of 356 Consulting – was contacted by the Speedster’s owner. While traveling west to the annual Porsche Swap Meet in Los Angeles, Mr. Scott made a stop to see the car. After several conversations, Mr. Scott agreed to buy the unrestored Speedster; upon taking delivery in April 2009, he set to work on a complete concours-quality restoration. The car was then disassembled and mounted on a rotisserie so that it could be delivered to Blast- Tech in Englewood, Colorado. Once the bodywork had been media-blasted, the Speedster was entrusted to Mick Volmer of Prestige Imports, who performed any necessary metalwork.
Mike Slaughter, a talented painter who had worked with Mr. Scott on other world-class restoration projects, then set forth preparing the body, and in March 2010 refinished the car in its original Aquamarine Metallic Blue livery. While this work was being carried out, Victor Miles made arrangements for chrome plating, North Hollywood Speedometer restored the gauges, and Bob Brown of Storz Garage rebuilt the engine and transaxle. The Speedster was eventually delivered to Jim Skinner at Auto Weave, who painstakingly re-created minute details of the original upholstery, carpets, top, and side curtains, using the original materials as reference.
The restoration was completed just in time for the PCA National Porsche Parade Concours, held on July 4, 2010, in St. Charles, Illinois. After being scrutinized by a team of judges, the Speedster was awarded First in Class in the 356 Division and received Best of Show honors for the Restoration Group. Beyond these impressive achievements, Mr. Scott’s Speedster tied the all-time highest score for a restored Porsche, with 299.3 points out of 300 possible.
With such impressive credentials, it’s no surprise that this exceptional Speedster caught the eye of Jerry Seinfeld, who acquired the car directly from Mr. Scott in 2010. According to Mr. Seinfeld, “My friend Spike says, ‘The only sports car you really need is a Speedster.’ He is correct. My favorite detail is the Porsche badge on the nose, which has been left in it’s original condition. Note the fit of the rear lid and the shift pattern sticker on the windshield. So perfect. ‘57 was the only year for Aquamarine Blue Metallic, and the beehive tail lights are the best.”
Today, the car retains its original matching-numbers engine, stamped body panels, as well as early 1957 date-coded components such as the fuel tank, VDO sending unit, and Sudrad wheels. It is offered with a concours-quality tool kit, jack, and handbook set, including the owner’s manual, supplemental Speedster driver’s manual, and Reutter and Porsche coachwork pamphlets. A Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a copy of the original factory Kardex also accompany the sale.
For the collector who demands only the very best, this most impressive 1957 Porsche Speedster is worthy of serious consideration.