1958 Porsche 356A T2 Speedster
Engine No. 68562 (Matching)
Transmission No. 18232 (Matching)
Completed on January 31, 1958
The original color combination was finished in Silver Metallic with
a Black interior per Certificate of Authenticity. European
Collectibles performed a full concours level restoration from the
beginning of 2017 and completed the end of 2018. During the
restoration, this 356 was completely disassembled so that every
aspect could be properly addressed. The 356 was stripped down to
the bare tub. All of the decks and doors are matching. The decks,
doors, bumpers, over rider bars, windshield frame, and soft-top
were all pre-fit to ensure a perfect fit. The complete driveline
was rebuilt including the engine, transmission, suspension, braking
system, wire harness, and fuel system. All the chrome was triple
plated and all of the components were either restored or replaced.
Absolutely superb condition in every way. Ready for any concour
event or weekend drives. Complete with tools, books, side curtains,
boot cover, Certificate of Authenticity & photo documentation of
the restoration. Truly one of the best 1958 T2 Speedsters that you
will find in a classic color combination.
60 horsepower, 1,582cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed
four-cylinder engine with dual Zenith carburetors, four-speed
manual 644 transmission, independent front suspension with
laminated torsion bars, parallel trailing arms, and tubular shock
absorbers, independent rear swing axles with torsion bars and
tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
Porsche has the Speedster to thank for their success in the United
States. Without this little convertible, it could be argued that
Porsche sales might not have ever taken off in the fiercely
competitive U.S. market. The car's low-slung and focused looks
appealed to sports car enthusiasts and its price of just under
$3,000 definitely helped to get Speedsters off the showroom floors
and out onto the open road. Boasting few creature comforts but
excellent driving characteristics, it helped cement Porsche's
reputation in the United States and earned it a hugely desirable
portion of the sports car market at a time when the motto of most
British marques was "export or die."
The Speedster holds a special place in Porsche history, not only as
a sales success but also as an icon of minimalist automotive
design. It remains a beloved vehicle today, a well-restored and
properly maintained Speedster, on the wish list of nearly every car
enthusiast around the world. Motoring enthusiasts new to the
classic car world are well served to acquire a "blue chip" Porsche
such as this.