1957 Porsche 356 Speedster
Lot 135
1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster Chassis no. 82948 Engine no. 64236
Sold for US$ 253,000 inc. premium
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Lot Details
1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 82948
Engine no. 64236
1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
60bhp at 4,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Matching numbers example
*Factory delivered in Aquamarine Blue over light beige
*Exceptional professional restoration
*Ready for showings at Concours d'Elegance events
*Eligible for prominent rallies such as the California Mille
*Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity



The Porsche 356 Speedster

The 356 Speedster was tailored by Max Hoffman to the American market, with a low, raked windshield, easily removed for racing. Light bucket seats replaced the standard seats and side windows were discarded in favor of side curtains. The Speedster was an immediate hit from its 1954 introduction. Some 200 were built initially, but the next year sales burgeoned to more than 1,000. Late in 1955, the 356 received its first upgrade as the 356A, with a 1600cc engine in various stages of tune. Today the 356 Speedster remains a Porsche icon on par with the 550 Spyder and the 911. These cars offer exceptional handling, timeless styling, and most of all joy to those lucky enough to occupy its two seats.


The Motorcar Offered

Completed at the Zuffenhausen Porsche factory on the last day of January, 1957, this US-model Speedster was finished in the suitable and attractive Aquamarine Blue, a medium blue metallic color as seen on the car today, and fitted with light beige interior, USA bumpers, and sealed beam headlights. While the first owners of 82948 remain unclear, by the mid-1970s the sporting Speedster was acquired by a sports car enthusiast in Torrington, Connecticut.

The car remained with this gentleman for more than three decades until passing to Ray Kennett in 2005. Kennett, of BTO Auto Works in Poughkeepsie, New York, saw the aging Speedster as a great candidate for restoration. 82948 retained its original, matching numbers engine and transaxle, and had not suffered any severe rust or accident damage. Kennett soon embarked on a thorough restoration, intending to return the Speedster to its as-delivered appearance.

After disassembly, the bare Reutter body was carefully glass blasted and prepared for paint, while the underside, wheel wells, luggage and engine compartments were restored with the correct satin black finish. All sub-assemblies, suspension and brake parts were refurbished, and the wheels were finished in the correct satin silver. The original engine and transaxle were sent to Pinebush, New York based Porsche engine specialist Richard Heyland of Hayland Engineering for a thorough refurbishment, and all ancillary parts were refinished as original, with the correct decals and labels. The chrome and bright work received the same careful attention before reassembly. The interior was redone in the light beige shade it wore from new, using correct materials from European Auto Upholstery, and accented by a neatly fitted black canvas convertible top. The result is breathtaking.

Offered here is a chance to purchase a matching numbers, expertly-restored example of Porsche's hallowed Speedster, factory delivered in arguably one of the most exciting colors offered on these cars. 82948 is accompanied by its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, photos from its extensive restoration, and a complete tool roll. A superb example throughout, this Speedster is eligible for world-class rallies, and would be a proud entry to any Concours d'Elegance.
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