The Porsche 356 is one of the most collectible cars from the Stuttgart-based company. It was produced in four versions, and in 1955 Porsche introduced the second racing version, the 356A. Two years later, the road legal 356A Speedster (known as Type 2) arrived on the market. One of them, a 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera GT Speedster is up for auction.
The 356A Carrera GT Speedster is powered by a replacement 1.5L four-cam engine with 109 hp (81 kW), paired with a four-speed manual transmission. That’s enough power to reach 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds with a top speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). It is mounted on 15-inch alloy wheels with steel centers wrapped in 175/70 R15 Avon tires.
This car was restored in 1988 when it was painted in Silver Metallic and is in excellent condition. It is equipped with 60-millimeter ventilated front brakes, rear wheel spacers, 80-liter GT fuel tank, replacement gearbox. The interior contains the original panels, doors, decklid, and lightweight GT interior, with new floors, battery box, and rockers.
In 2019, the car has been treated to a thorough mechanical freshening by Speed Sport Tuning of Danbury, Connecticut, which cost $50,000. This included a professional conversion of the engine to full-synthetic motor oil, as well as timing, carburetor, and brake adjustments.
The car comes with a Blaupunkt jack and tool roll, a rare “Touring” kit containing cables, bulbs, fuses, and gaskets, uninstalled rollbar, “Atlantis” braided tow rope in a correct blue vinyl storage bag, period-correct driver’s manual with Carrera supplement , factory Kardex, and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
This collectible Porsche 356A Carrera GT Speedster is offered at RM Sotheby’s. Price upon request.
Source: RM Sotheby’s