Maxie Hoffman, the most successful Porsche salesman in the USA, came up with the idea of bringing a light, open and particularly sporty version of the 356 to America in 1952 and had the "American Roadster" developed. With its aluminum body much too expensive, Hoffman can only sell 24 units. Only the “Speedster” made of sheet steel enables more cost-effective production and more sales. The "Speedster" is made for the rich youth from Los Angeles and Malibu and quickly becomes a toy for Hollywood stars. Ever since James Dean drove the Speedster, what is probably the most puristic of all Porsches has become an icon of the Zuffenhausen sports car brand.
Timm Meinrenken; Karl-Helmut Larkamp from Thiesen Hamburg GmbH - Thiesen Berlin GmbH - Automobile Raritäten looks forward to your questions and is happy to help you.
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