Porsche 356 A Speedster 1957

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Porsche 356 A Speedster 1957

Sold for € 230,000 (US$ 245,157) inc. premium
Porsche 356 A Speedster 1957
Châssis n° 83237

Ferdinand Porsche avait fondé son bureau d'étude indépendant au début des années 1930, mais son nom n'apparut pas sur une voiture avant 1949. Lorsque ce fut le cas, c'était sur l'une des plus importantes sportives de tous les temps, la Porsche 356. Un cabriolet suivit rapidement le coupé 356 original et, en 1952, une série d'essai de 15 roadsters fut construite à l'attention de l'importateur américain Max Hoffman, qui avait persuadé Porsche du potentiel d'un modèle d'entrée de gamme bon marché. Le bon accueil de ce roadster aux États-Unis fut à l'origine de la mise en construction du modèle Speedster en 1954.

Dans un essai comparatif avec le coupé en 1956, Road&Track écrivait : « il serait difficile de trouver une sportive plus confortable pour les longs voyages à haute vitesse et, il est bien évident qu'aucune autre voiture n'offre la même combinaison de confort, de performance et de sobriété que la Porsche Continental, Speedster ou coupé ». Son style associé à ses performances et à son prix, rendirent le Speedster très populaire – 4 822 exemplaires furent construits entre 1954 et 1958 – et aujourd'hui, la plus belle des versions de la 356 a acquis un statut d'icône.

Le Speedster 356 A proposé iciest accompagné d'un certificat d'authenticité Porsche confirmant qu'il a été livré neuf en rouge avec intérieur noir et doté de phares « sealedbeam », de sièges de coupé et de pare-chocs américains. Professionnellement restauré par le vendeur, y compris la réfection du moteur et des travaux annexes (détails disponibles). Ses caractéristiques remarquables sont les sièges de Speedster refaits en cuir, ses chromes refaits, sa nouvelle capote, son sac de capote (en cuir), sa moquette, ses pneus neufs, ses roues chromées, ses joints caoutchouc, ses câblages tissés et son échappement. Repeinte en gris argent, la voiture est vendue avec les factures mentionnées ci-dessus et ses papiers d'immatriculation au Royaume-Uni V5C. Les sièges originaux – en bon état - sont inclus dans la vente. Le total des factures pour ce travail approchait les 20 000 livres.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
Chassis no. 83237

Although Ferdinand Porsche had established his automotive design consultancy in the early 1930s, his name would not appear on a car until 1949. When it did, it graced one of the all-time great sports cars - the Porsche 356. A cabriolet followed hot on the heels of the original 356 coupé and then in 1952 a trial batch of 15 roadsters was constructed at the behest of US importer Max Hoffman, who had persuaded Porsche of the potential for a 'cut-price' entry-level model. The roadsters' successful reception in the USA led to the introduction of the Speedster model in 1954.

Instantly recognisable by virtue of its low, wraparound - as opposed to V-shaped - windscreen, smaller and entirely retractable hood, lower door waistline, horizontal trim strip at the level of the door handles, and twin bucket seats - all of which served to emphasise its sporting image - the Speedster was intended to compete with the cheaper British sports cars. The Speedster was powered initially by the 1.5-litre version of Porsche's horizontally opposed four, gaining the new 1.6-litre, 60bhp engine with the introduction of the improved 356A for 1955. Priced at $2,995, the Speedster was the lightest of the 356s, enjoying a commensurate performance boost that meant over 100mph was possible. Allied to its already renowned handling characteristics, this meant that the Speedster was an instant success in the burgeoning American sports car racing scene.

Testing the Speedster alongside its Coupé sibling in 1956, Road & Track magazine reckoned, 'A more comfortable sports car for long, high-speed journeys would be very hard to find and certainly no other car achieves the combination of comfort, performance and fuel economy of the Porsche Continental Speedster or Coupé.' Its combination of style, performance and value for money made the Speedster deservedly popular - 4,822 examples being constructed between 1954 and '58 - and today this most handsome of the 356 variants enjoys iconic status.

The 356A Speedster offered here comes with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming that it was delivered finished in red with black interior and originally fitted with sealed beam headlights, coupé seats and USA bumpers. Professionally restored by the vendor, including an engine rebuild, new wiring loom and an interior re-trim, the car is offered with UK V5C registration document.
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