To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' The Petersen Automotive
Museum Auction event, 8 December 2018.
$350,000 - $400,000
- Offered from its long-term second owner
- Original matching-numbers 1600 engine and gearbox
- Finished in its original color combination
- Includes copy of Kardex and Porsche Production Specifications
- Exceptionally original and unmolested
The Porsche 356 revolutionized the concept of the sports car and in
hindsight was indubitably the most iconic driver of the 1950s. The
356 debuted in 1948 as the first automobile built by Ferry Porsche
and was relaunched in 1955 with the �T1' (Technical Program 1), and
then again in 1957 with the �T2.' The 1600 Speedster was by far the
most popular of the keynote model aimed specifically at the U.S.
market. Powered by the 1,582-cc OHC air-cooled horizontally opposed
four-cylinder engine with dual Solex carburetors, the 356 A
produced an ample 60 hp, but is recognized as the most agile and
enjoyable driving experience of its era - maybe any era.
This 1600 Speedster is a unique, matching-numbers example, as
verified by the accompanying copy of the factory Kardex as well as
its Porsche Production Specifications certificate. It was delivered
to renowned Porsche dealer, Max Hoffman in New York, on 20 November
1956, originally finished in red over a black leatherette interior
and fitted with sealed beam headlights and U.S.-specification
bumpers. Chassis 82759 still bears its correct color combination
and features its original sheet metal, displaying superb patina -
consistent with many decades of dry storage in the San Diego area.
This car is being offered by its longtime second owner, complete
with black convertible top and a rare period after-market hard
Having quietly resided with its current owner for decades, the
rediscovery of this Southern California Speedster presented an
exhilarating experience as it reemerged from its long-term slumber.
Upon careful examination, it was discovered that many years of
careful storage in a dry climate had preserved the older cosmetic
restoration, as well as many untouched factory-original details
that are usually lost over time.
Stunning for its originality, renowned for its pedigree and
lineage, and rare for its limited-production numbers, this fabulous
356 A 1600 Speedster ticks all the boxes. A Porsche icon, the
Speedster offers the ultimate top-down touring experience and
instant recognition at shows and Porsche club activities.To view
this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please
visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/ca18.