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Theodore Walter Nix, Sharon, Connecticut (purchased new in 1958)Robert Schnitzer, Newton, Massachusetts (acquired from the above)Ernest E. Groves, Framingham, Massachusetts (acquired from the above in 1987)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2001)
Porsche 356 Registry East Coast Holiday, South Carolina, 2002 (First in Class)Porsche Club of America New England Region Concours (First in Class and Best in Show in 2004, 2005, and 2006)Porsche 356 Registry East Coast Holiday, Connecticut, 2006 (First in Class)National Museum of Transportation Concours, Missouri (Best in Class four years in a row: 2004–2008)National Museum of Transportation Concours, Missouri (Best in Class four years in a row: 2004–2008)
The brainchild of Max Hoffman, the legendary American distributor for Porsche, the 1954 Porsche 356 Speedster was purpose-built to compete with inexpensive English sports cars from MG, Austin-Healey, and Triumph. With a base price of $2,995, the Speedster was a club-racing contender upon its introduction, as well as a sales success.
Stripped of extraneous items to save cost and weight, the Speedster featured modified bodywork, a removable windshield, lightweight bucket seats, and a rudimentary folding top with side curtains. A June 1956 road test by Car and Driver praised the revised 356 A Speedster, which ushered in numerous stylistic and mechanical changes. “The new Porsche 1600 is one of the world’s truly fine cars,” the magazine stated.
One of a mere 552 built for the 1958 model year, this Porsche 356 A Speedster is a US-specification model supplied new in January of that year to its first owner, Theodore Nix of Sharon, Connecticut, through Porsche’s European Delivery Program. According to its accompanying Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, it was finished in ivory over a red leatherette interior. It was equipped with US bumpers, sealed-beam headlights, an outside mirror, and safety belts.
In August 1987, Ernest Groves of Framingham, Massachusetts, became the third owner of this car. Mr. Groves, a former national secretary of the Porsche Club of America, commissioned a local specialist to perform a comprehensive restoration of the Speedster. The work, conducted between 1989 and 1992, included a bare-metal repaint in its current color of Elfenbein (DB 608), a Mercedes-Benz shade of slightly deeper and richer ivory.
In December 2001, the current owner acquired the car from Mr. Groves, who had been storing it since the restoration’s completion. Marque specialist Meister Restorations in Alton, New Hampshire, was enlisted in 2002 to undertake a mechanical and cosmetic freshening. The interior was reupholstered in Cashmere leather, and a detachable Glasspar hardtop and wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel were sourced.
Illustrating the quality of the work performed, this Speedster has won multiple concours events, including the Porsche 356 Registry East Coast Holiday in 2002 and 2006; the Porsche Club of America New England Region Concours; and the National Museum of Transportation Concours, in Kirkwood, Missouri, in 2004–2008.
This Speedster is offered with books, tools, jack, spare, luggage, hardtop, an extra set of coupe seats, and receipts and documentation from new, including its original delivery papers. It has been continuously maintained and presents beautifully today. Possessing the very desirable attributes of documented provenance and an award-winning restoration, this stylish Speedster is ready for further concours showings or touring.