For Sale: 1956 Porsche 356 in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description

1956 Porsche 356A 1500GS Carrera Speedster

• VIN 82XXX
• Engine No. 90602
• Transmission No. 8225 - Matching
• Production Date February 17, 1956

According to the Porsche Kardex, this Carrera GS Speedster was a US delivery that was imported by Hoffman Motors. Originally finished in White (color code 603) over Red leatherette interior with factory equipment included sealed beam headlights and speedometer in miles. Extremely rare and highly collectible Carrera 4-Cam Speedster, the 21st of only 74 GS Speedsters produced from 1955-1958, which is verified through the Carrera book by Steve Heinrichs and Rolf Sprenger. Eligible for exclusive vintage rallies such as the Mille Miglia, California Mille, Copper State, SCM Tour, and the Colorado Grand.

This 1956 Porsche 1500GS Carrera Speedster was owned by a collector who had owned this 356 for over four decades in the Midwest. He had a large collection of Porsches and parts. The Carrera Speedster had been sitting with 20 other Porsche projects in storage and had not been moved in over 35 years. A broker purchased the Carrera Speedster from the collector, and it was offered to European Collectibles. After verifying it was an original GS Speedster, European Collectibles purchased the 356 and completed a full Concours restoration. Since its restoration in 2017, this Carrera Speedster has been shown four times. It won first in class at every event. In 2018, it was purchased by a Southern California Porsche collector in Beverly Hills who had a prominent collection of Speedsters.

European Collectibles performed a no expense spared, full Concour restoration on this 1956 Porsche 1500GS Carrera Speedster over a 28-month period from 2015 to 2017. During the restoration, this 356 was completely disassembled and stripped down to the bare shell so that every aspect could be properly addressed. The body was metal finished, and the panels were pre-fit along with the bumpers, overrider bars, windshield frame, and the soft top frame to ensure the absolute best result. Then the body was sealed, prepped, primed, and painted in Black. All the chrome was fitted and triple plated and the other components were restored or replaced with OEM or NOS parts.

Accolades - Since the completion of the restoration in 2017, this Carrera GS Speedster has been shown four times and has won first in class at each event.

• 1st in Class Full Concour - 356 Club of Southern California Concours
Huntington Beach, California on June 22, 2017

• 1st in Class & Best of Show - 356 Club Concours The Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club
San Clemente, California on Sunday, July 22, 2018

• 1st in Class & Special Interest Award - Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Carmel, California on August 21, 2018

• 1st in Class Full Concour - 356 Club of Southern California Concours
Oak Canyon - Silverado, California on July 17, 2022

The paintwork is in remarkable condition with a perfect fit and finish. The exterior features polished aluminum trim, brightwork, US bumpers, a Black German canvas soft top, boot cover, and side curtains. The upholstery is in incredible condition with Red leatherette Speedster seats trimmed with black piping, a VDM steering wheel with a deluxe horn ring, and factory VDO instrumentation. Equipped with a matching set of Rudge knock-off wheels and fitted to Sprint Classic Vredestein 175 70 HR15 tires. The undercarriage is in show condition and is fully detailed including the suspension, engine, and transmission.

Mechanically, powered by a period correct 1500cc 4-cam engine (Type 547/1) producing 100hp with a matching 4-speed manual transmission (Type 519) and four-wheel drum brakes. The complete driveline was rebuilt including the engine, transmission, suspension, brake system, fuel system, and a new wire harness was installed. The four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes have been completely rebuilt with new wheel cylinders, brake lines, and master cylinder. This Carrera performs flawlessly with plenty of power and shifts through all the gears with ease. Complete with picture book documenting the restoration, Carrera tool kit, spare Rudge wheel, side curtains, and boot cover. Absolutely superb in every way, ready for immediate road and/or concour use. An extremely rare opportunity to acquire a show-winning 1500GS Carrera Speedster and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

Vehicle Details

  • 1956 Porsche 356
  • Listing ID: CC-1645092
  • Price: Contact Seller
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Porsche
  • Model:356
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:52042
  • Stock Number:Po4234
  • VIN:82031
Listed By:
European Collectibles
1665 Babcock Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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