The most attractive colour scheme of dark blue with pale grey leather interior, in excellent usable condition and driving superbly and is fresh from long-term ownership in a warm dry climate.
The car has been fitted with desirable and valuable original Rudge knock-on alloy wheels and has been maintained by Porsche experts Sportwagen, most recently serviced and prepared for sale by 356 specialists JAZ Porsche.
In 1950, Max Hoffman, a New York based importer of luxury European cars and Porsche’s sole importer, suggested to Ferry Porsche a growing desire amongst his customers for a simpler, less expensive, open top 356 with a sportier feeling compared to the coupe and cabriolet initially available.
Porsche used the existing 356 coupe chassis as a base for the new Speedster, making numerous changes included a cut-down low rake windscreen – easily removed for racing as well as a simplified hood that featured detachable side screens instead of conventional windows. The interior was stripped of many comforts such as a radio and heater as well as a tachometer which became optional extras. Bucket seats helped to reduce weight and instrumentation consisted solely of a speedometer and temperature gauge.
The first 200 Speedsters were delivered in 1954 with a further 1,700 the following year before the model received its first upgrade as the 356A, when a larger 1,600cc engine arrived. Cars built prior to this upgrade such as the one offered here are referred to as “Pre-A” and are regarded as the most desirable of all Speedsters.
This 1955 Speedster is an early one, the 347th car made. We know from the Kardex record card that it was completed on the 3 March 1955 in Signal Red and delivered to New York to Hoffman’s. The car has since been repainted in an attractive shade of dark blue complimented by a patinated grey leather interior and now features the more powerful 1,600cc engine. Notably, the car sits on an original set of Rudge wheels, a particularly sought-after option available from factory.
Although little is known about this car’s early history, it has been enjoyed by its current owner for more than 20 years in Monaco and has been looked after throughout by Sportwagen in Essex, as well as Steve Winter at JAZ Porsche. The car has benefitted from a recent service and inspection with JAZ who confirmed its healthy state.
One of the issues with looking for a 356 Speedster is finding one that is in a condition that is easily usable. Of the smarter cars, so many are immaculate ‘concours’ restorations that are in such good condition, one worries about getting them dirty. This Speedster has a lovely, well cared for feeling that stems from careful ownership but is not too good to use in all conditions. As such, it appeals to us not only for its essential rightness but also its extreme usability. We can imagine taking it out without a second thought on a sunny day, for a drive or a happy pose at the pub…
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