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1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

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Chassis No.

Chassis No.: 82982
Engine No.: 64090
Documents: Swedish Registreringsbeviset

The arrival of Porsche’s intentionally spartan 356 Speedster revolutionised the world of low-cost, high-reward sports cars, which had been previously dominated in the early 1950s by small British roadsters. Seeking access to this growing market segment, New York importer Max Hoffman urged Ferry Porsche to provide him with a price-competitive model, one that he could sell for a base price of just under $3,000. The exciting Speedster was an instant hit—particularly with customers on the United States’ West Coast—and is coveted by enthusiasts today.

The attractive Ruby Red over Black example, offered here, began life with its first owner on the warm shores of California, USA. An earlier sales listing suggests that by the 1990s, its factory-fitted engine had been replaced and the interior was refinished in tan. Since then, though, the Porsche is noted to have undergone restoration by California-based workshop European Collectibles. During this process the 356 Speedster was returned largely to original specification, as noted by the copy of the Kardex sheet that accompanies the car. Notably, the 356 gained a period-correct 1,582 cc Type 616/1 flat-four boxer engine, sending power to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. At the point of restoration, the interior was switched back to its factory-correct black leatherette, complementing its rich Ruby Red exterior.

Today, the car presents in impeccable condition throughout, with bidders encouraged to appreciate the high quality of finish that is particularly evident with the exterior bodywork.

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Chassis No.

Chassis No.: 82982
Engine No.: 64090
Documents: Swedish Registreringsbeviset

The arrival of Porsche’s intentionally spartan 356 Speedster revolutionised the world of low-cost, high-reward sports cars, which had been previously dominated in the early 1950s by small British roadsters. Seeking access to this growing market segment, New York importer Max Hoffman urged Ferry Porsche to provide him with a price-competitive model, one that he could sell for a base price of just under $3,000. The exciting Speedster was an instant hit—particularly with customers on the United States’ West Coast—and is coveted by enthusiasts today.

The attractive Ruby Red over Black example, offered here, began life with its first owner on the warm shores of California, USA. An earlier sales listing suggests that by the 1990s, its factory-fitted engine had been replaced and the interior was refinished in tan. Since then, though, the Porsche is noted to have undergone restoration by California-based workshop European Collectibles. During this process the 356 Speedster was returned largely to original specification, as noted by the copy of the Kardex sheet that accompanies the car. Notably, the 356 gained a period-correct 1,582 cc Type 616/1 flat-four boxer engine, sending power to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. At the point of restoration, the interior was switched back to its factory-correct black leatherette, complementing its rich Ruby Red exterior.

Today, the car presents in impeccable condition throughout, with bidders encouraged to appreciate the high quality of finish that is particularly evident with the exterior bodywork.

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