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Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster

Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster

Roadster, 1956

Highlights

  • Polyantha Red
  • Absolutely superb condition
  • Truly a rare find!

Porsche 356 Speedster in Polyantha Red for sale!

Completed April 27, 1956
The 294th out of 949 356A T1 Speedsters produced in 1956

Only one owner for the past sixteen years. European Collectibles sold this Speedster to the current owner March of 2004! The restoration was done over several years from 2004 to 2008 in Southern California. The paint and bodywork was done by Hung Luu Auto Body/Paint Restoration located in Pasadena, California who has had a number of Best-in-Show (Street Category) wins at the 356 Club’s Concours d’ Elegance. Hung Luu was the main body man at Pino’s in Pasadena. Angelo Pino was a world-famous craftsman and restorer of Porsche Parade winners. The body was stripped to the steel, media blasted, metalwork was performed, and the body was prepped and painted to full show-quality condition; $17,650 was spent. A new tan interior was installed with German square weave carpets, a soft-top, and boot cover, supplied by Autos International. The chrome was re-plated by Christensen Chrome Plating and rubber components were ordered from International Mercantile.

Price: on application

United States

European Collectibles
1665 Babcock St
CA 92627 Costa Mesa
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Details

Additional parts were purchased from Stoddard Porsche Parts and Sierra Madre Collection Porsche Parts. In 2006, the engine had a lot of failing gasket leaks and not knowing the condition of the engine, the owner had the engine disassembled by Foreign Machine Services in Pasadena, California, and thoroughly inspected. Foreign Machine Services is a machine shop for many of the Porsche mechanics in the area, including Rusnak Porsche. Jim, the owner of the firm and a friend of the owner, found everything to be in good shape and reassembled it with new gaskets and bearings. Markham Motors rebuilt the transmission with all new synchromesh and replaced 2nd gear in 2008. Four new Vredestein tires were installed in June of 2019.

This Speedster has been driven to local California Porsche events over the years and has been shown time and time again with multiple wins. It is in beautiful overall condition and has been well cared for by an active Porsche collector; it is ready to be driven anywhere!

According to the Certificate of Authenticity, this Speedster was originally finished in a rare Polyantha Red (color code 5602) with a Black interior. However, the owner preferred a tan interior. In absolutely superb condition, ready for any concour event, or to just drive and enjoy! Offered with tools, jack, books, side curtains, boot cover, owner’s manual, receipts of the restoration, and Certificate of Authenticity confirming matching drive-line. Truly a rare find!

Accolades/Awards

PCA San Gabriel Valley Region Concours
Art Center College of Design
2011 – 1st in Class – Street Division (239.20 points)
2015 – 1st in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)

PCA GPX Region Concours
2015 – 1st in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)
& People’s Choice – Best of Show

PCA Orange Coast Region Concours- Dana Point
2015 – 1st in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)

PCA CAI Concours – College of the Canyons
2015 – 2nd in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)

PCA Festival of Speed – Zone 8 Concours d’Elegance
2015 – 1st in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)

PCA LA Concours – Santa Monica Air Museum
2015 – 2nd in Class – Street Division (239.00 points)

PCA Santa Barbra Region Concours – Sherwood Country Club
2015 – 1st in Class – Street Division (238.80 points)

San Marino Motor Classic – Concours d’Elegance at Lacy Park
2014 – 1st in Class
2016 – 2nd in Class

356 Club of Southern California – Dana Point Concours
2008 – 1st in Class – Street Division
2012 – 1st in Class – Street Division
2013 – 1st in Class – Street Division
2016 – 2nd in Class – Street Division
2018 – 1st in Class – Street Division – Tie

Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance
2007 – 1st in class

Art Center – College of Design Car Classic – Invitation only participant
2007
2014
2016

History

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.

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Specifications

Year of construction: 1956
Model: 356 A 1600 Speedster
Body: Roadster
Series: 356
Mileage: 79511 mi
Power: 60 HP
Cylinder capacity: 1,6 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Beige
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Red
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Polyanthrot 5602
Condition: Fully restored
New/Used: Used car
Ready to drive: Yes

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