1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
• VIN 82582
• Second Speedster built in1957
• California Black Plates
• 30 Year ownership
Incredibly dry and straight body with original floor pans finished
in a desirable color combination of black with tan upholstery.
Paintwork is in very good condition with a great overall fit and
finish, along with the interior having correct German square weave
carpets, Nardi large diameter 360mm wood steering wheel, and German
black canvas top. Mechanically, the 1600cc engine (a replacement
unstamped case) runs strong with a 4-speed manual (641)
transmission and four-wheel drum brake system. Complete with
owner's manual, toolkit, side curtains, tonneau cover, and jack. An
exciting opportunity to own and drive an extremely collectible 356A
• July 23, 2006, Malibu Concours by The Sea - Award Winner
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- Award Winner
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.
It's hard to believe, but Porsche design and the Germans, in
general, were able to reboot and go from thinking about Tiger tanks
to sports cars in the span of just three years. In 1948, the first
Porsche 356 emerged from a converted sawmill in Gmund, Austria (the
Allied occupation forces were the new residents of Porsche's
Stuttgart, Germany offices).
By 1950, a much-improved version of the Porsche 356 built-in
Zuffenhausen, Germany was being sold in America. Early U.S.
importer Max Hoffman was responsible for the most-iconic 356 body
style, the Speedster, which was a rather stripped down and basic
$2,995 version of the car with racing-style bucket seats, removable
side curtains instead of roll-up windows and a low windshield that
the weekend racers who favored the model could easily remove.
One of the most desirable collector models is the 356 "Speedster",
introduced in late 1954 after Max Hoffman advised the company that
a lower-cost, somewhat spartan open-top version could sell well in
the American market. With its low, raked windscreen (which could be
removed for weekend racing), bucket seats, and minimal folding top,
the Speedster was an instant hit, especially in Southern