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*Please note that some corrosion and patches have been detected in the floorpan.
Porsche’s early success in motorsports came with small, lightweight cars fitted with efficient and dependable engines. For many, Porsche’s evolutionary, minimalist design ethos is best personified by the 356 Speedster. This final-year example is distinguished by a rare original color and mechanical upgrades for increased performance.
The Speedster was introduced in 1954 at the suggestion of Max Hoffman, Porsche’s US importer. As befit a stripped-down model, it had the lowest list price of any Porsche available that year, just $2,995.
Chassis 84372 is one of just 73 Speedsters originally finished in the fantastic color of Fjord Green. The interior was specified as Brown Leatherette, and factory options included sealed beam headlights, a US speedometer, US bumpers, an outside mirror, and a Super engine. Today, this Speedster features a multitude of upgrades aimed at improving the driving experience. It has been fitted with a later 356 C engine, 12-volt electrics, and 356 C brakes and wheels. For the past 40 years, the car has been kept in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, where it has been enjoyed by two enthusiastic owners.
Perhaps Porsche’s purest expression of less is more, the 356 Speedster epitomizes the design mantra at Zuffenhausen. This mechanically upgraded example represents a compelling opportunity to own a Speedster that is meant to be driven and enjoyed.