There has always been something special about Porsche Speedsters. The overall shape is legendary, of course, emphasized on the Speedster by that cut-down windscreen. The wheels look just right in the wheel wells. Visibility might be minimal with the top up, but the look is perfect.
If a sports car has ever been as loveable as a puppy, it's the Speedster.
Max Hoffman was the importer of many of the sports car brands in the early 1950s. He was so powerful that whatever Hoffman wanted, Hoffman got and that included a number of cars he knew would sell in this market so he had them created. Hoffman is a major reason that some famous cars even exist, models like Mercedes-Benz' 300SL Gullwing, Alfa Romeo's Giulietta Spider, BMW's 507 and the Speedster.
What Hoffman wanted for the U.S. was a Porsche 356 that would sell for less than $3000. Decontenting probably wasn't a word in 1954, but that's what Porsche did to the normal 356 to create the Speedster. Side curtains replaced the windows, the top is spartan, there's a pair of simple bucket seats and that windshield could easily be removed for racing. Just a speedo and temp gauge, the tach is an option.
Seen here is a 1957A Speedster, chassis 83301, engine 65352 that will go for auction during the weekend, specifically August 17-18 at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey.
Check your bank account before attending. These stripped-down 356s have become a darling of the collectors, and with that have come ever-increasing values. The Speedster's original price of $2,995 is long gone, with prices of darn nice ones up to perfect ranging from $150,000 to...well, last January auctioned a matching-numbers 1958 356A 1600 Speedster for $335,500...and it wasn't even red.[IMG_TMP PAGE='1' NUMBER='9' ALIGN='CENTER']