First, the car was completely disassembled and stripped to bare metal by hand. We do not media blast or acid dip our vehicles as it can compromise the integrity of the existing metal. The tub then entered our metal shop, where it was comprehensively metal worked and brought back to factory specifications in all areas. Lead was added where needed and all panel gaps were set to factory standards. The tub received new floors for cosmetic purposes as the originals were fairly weathered from years of use.
Following the metal process, the tub was moved to our paint preparation shop, where it spent several hundred hours being sealed, primed, and extensively blocked to ensure laser-straight panels with an excellent foundation for the paint to be applied. The undercarriage was undercoated to factory standards and finished in the correct shade of black. A final layer of primer was added, and then the last blocking was performed before the gorgeous Silver Glasurit paint was applied. Following paint application, the tub was baked in our Binks down-draft paint booth to guarantee a solid chip-resistant finish. A full color sand and buff was performed to complete the process and give the tub the vibrant, deep finish it wears now.
Following paint, the car was partially assembled before being sent to Autobahn Interiors in Sorrento Valley to have the complete Black leather interior installed. Square weave carpet was installed throughout, and a black top with a matching tonneau cover was installed. The car then returned to CPR, and the final assembly was completed.
The drivetrain was fully overhauled during the restoration. The gearbox was rebuilt in-house, where a complete overhaul was performed, including a new gearset, synchros, bearings, mainshaft, and a detailed blasting and refinish to the case. The engine was rebuilt in-house as well and upgraded with a 1720cc big bore kit. The engine now produces near 100hp and allows the car to drive comfortably at highway speeds.
Following final assembly, the car was sorted and driven 300 miles before delivery. The car was then delivered to its only owner since restoration in 2019, who added just 80 miles during their ownership. The car now shows 381 total miles since restoration.
This Speedster is the definition of a properly sorted 356. The fit and finish of every surface, gap, and fixture are second to none. The car is inviting from the moment you step in until the moment you put her away for the evening. Everything, including the power delivery from the engine, the feel of the shift linkage, the clutch, the brake pedal feel, and the chassis dynamic, is terrific and begs to be exercised.
Upon arrival back to CPR Classic the car received a major service to include the following items:
-Complete fluid changes to include engine oil and filter, gearbox oil, and brake fluid.
-Tuning service to include checking the timing and carburetor synchronization
-Installation of complete front end Xpel clear bra (Covers front bumper, fenders, cowl, and hood.
-Brand new Pirelli Cinturato tires
If you are in the market for a late production 356 Speedster that looks the part of a Concours car in all facets and drives better than a new example ever would have, this is a must-consider car. Ready for immediate delivery anywhere in the world. You really don’t want to miss this spectacular Speedster.