1957 Porsche Speedster
(Featured on 28th May 2014)
Sellers original description:
A well know car on the concours circuits. It dominated the Porsche Club GB Scottish Region Concours in the Summer by winning, Best Air-cooled, Best Early Air-cooled, Peoples choice and Best overall out of over 60 cars. This is a Matching number car, Absolutely everything matches Not only does the Engine and Vin numbers match the certificate of Authenticity from Porsche but all the body numbers on the doors, boot lid, bonnet and hinge covers all Match.This is because this car has all its original body panels inc. the original floors. The only exception was the outer rockers as they were removed for inspecting the insides. The new rockers were painted on both sides, treated with weld trough primer and wax oiled. There is service history going back to the 70's which is so rare. All the mechanic were done by Barry Curtis who was rebuilding the Jim Clark 356 engine at the same time, We are the 5th owners. This Speedster has some ultra rare parts, a Genuine Glasper Hardtop and a perfect set of genuine Rudge wheels, Carrera bumpers, Leather speedster seats, Lots of History, New high bow soft top, tool kit, fitted luggage, hand books, manuals.
The Porsche Speedster is a legendary car built with the “less is more” mentality. It arose out of a desire expressed by American Porsche distributor Max Hoffman for a Porsche that was cheap enough to compete with Triumphs and MGs, which were selling well. In order to get the base price under $3000, the car’s equipment was pared down, which created not only the most inexpensive Porsche at the time, but also the most sporting. Ironically, the cars are now more collectible and valuable than their plusher counterparts. The resulting car had only what was necessary: a cut down windscreen, bucket seats, side curtains, and a rudimentary top. The cars sold well, especially in the United States, and were popular among racers and enthusiasts. Certainly they occupy a unique place among American sports car culture, particularly California culture, where the car’s configuration and rudimentary weather equipment were and remain particularly appropriate.
This very original car was entirely restored by Deutsche tune Bodyshop (Glasgows official approved Porsche body-shop) to the highest standards it is still extremely fresh. Every mechanical system and cosmetic aspect of the car was rebuilt or renewed, including engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, electrical system, body, paint, and interior. The paintwork was done to high standards and is virtually unmarked while the panels are very straight throughout. The gaps and fit are perfect. The chrome is excellent across the board, including the chrome Rudge wheels, which sit on modern tires for handling & safety. The glass and lights and excellent as well, and all trim is present in well-restored or new condition. It is complete with tools and an extremely rare and desirable hard top, which is perfect.
The interior has been beautifully restored with black leather and correct German square-weave carpeting in charcoal. The correct rubber floor mats are also in place. The switches and instruments were also restored and are like new. The steering wheel was also correctly restored and the entire interior presents,perhaps better than when the car was new.
The engine compartment was fully restored and is virtually spotless. Its appearance is correct, down to the Knecht air filters and brown distributor cap. The car is currently fitted with the original 1600 super engine.The engine compartment is painted to match the outer body rather than the original black under seal finish.The trunk was also restored along with the fuel tank.This entire area is also painted rather the the original under seal finish. Battery cover, Jack. rubber floor mat & tool roll are all present & their is fitted luggage in Black, which is a real bonus are space is a little tight!
The undercarriage shows the same high quality workmanship throughout. The floor pans being totally original, To ensure that the chassis is perfectly straight, all structural work was done on a Porsche approved, Celette bench jig.
This is a beautifully restored Speedster that absolutely sparkles. Virtually unmarked in every aspect, the car is undoubtedly better than new and runs well. It comes with a binder of the restoration and a large history file. A proven concours winner.
This is the finest Genuine Porsche Speedster we have ever seen, we have owned over 12 and brokered more.