1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 44
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. 80549

Sold for £ 241,500 (US$ 332,102) inc. premium
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 80549
*Professionally restored in 2006
*Present ownership since 2006
*Circa 11,000 kilometres since acquisition
*Excellent condition

Footnotes

  • 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, in effect, an 'economy' model 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.

    Forming part of the vendor's private collection since 2006, this superb Porsche 356A Speedster was completely restored by well-known German specialists in 2006, since when it has formed part of the vendor's private collection. Since acquisition the car has been driven for some 11,000 kilometres during summer months only, and when not in use has been stored in a purpose-built facility. Noteworthy features include a very rare hardtop and equally rare Fuchs bolt-on wheels. Presented in generally excellent condition, this beautiful Speedster is offered with sundry restoration invoices, Netherlands registration papers, and a FIVA identity card.
Contacts
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
1955 Porsche 356A Speedster  Chassis no. 80549
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Lots in this Sale a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £500,000 of the Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on the balance thereafter. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

App