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Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster

Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster

Roadster, 1955


  • VIN 80551
  • 1600cc flat 4 cylinder- twin carb engine!
  • Copy of Kardex present!

1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster for sale!

WA owner since 1999 (Texas car prior), restoration completed in 1993 with upgraded 1600 Super motor installed, Weber carbs, copy of Kardex, just serviced and inspected at Porsche specialist shop.

Back in the early 1950s Max Hoffmann had the exclusive distribution of Porsche cars in the United states and convinced Ferry Porsche that he could sell a low priced, 2 seat sports car to compete with some of the British and Italian offerings. The Speedster was born in 1954 and together with 1955 were known as “Pre-A” models. These cars represented about 10% of 356 production. Today a Pre-A Speedster is very sought after by collectors and is an iconic, blue chip collectable P-car of that period.

Price: USD 295,000

United States

Authentic Motorcars
17351 NE 70th Street
WA 98052 Redmond, AL
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The vehicle in detail

This particular 1955 Speedster was sold through Max Hoffmann to a Texas resident in December of the same year. The car was built White with Black leather. In 1999 The Speedster was sold to its last owner from Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale auction where the description stated that a complete restoration was carried out in 1992/93, during which time an upgraded/rebuilt (616-12) 1600 Super motor, Weber carbs, K&N filters, and a upgraded (716) 356A Dual Mount 4-speed transmission was also installed. While under restoration the Speedster also received a complete color change to Signal Red.

Today the older restoration still shows well aside from some age related flaws and light patina to the interior. The car was just acquired by us and is on consignment by the former owner’s widow. The car had been sitting for 4 years in storage and was recently inspected at a Porsche specialist with an engine leak down test revealing a healthy motor 1/4%, 2/3%, 3/4%, 4/5%. Minor oil leaks at the tach drive, sump plate, bell housing/rear main were noticed. The heat exchangers are missing their duct tubes and cables, one horn (passenger side) is missing. Unfortunately, no spare tire, tool kit, owner’s manual, restoration receipts, or soft top tonneau boot are present with the car but the factory jack is included. The oil was just changed, new battery fitted, fuel filter replaced, and the sump plate was resealed. New Vredestein Sprint Classic tires are planned but are currently on national back order.

This is a great opportunity to acquire a nice condition 3 driver/restored Pre-A Speedster that shouldn’t need much to bring it up to a condition 2 that is eligible for many vintage automotive events all around the globe and will no doubt provide many years of enjoyment to its next enthusiast owner. 356 Registry magazines and the balance of a one year membership can be forwarded and transferred to the new owner upon request.

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Year of construction: 1955
Model: 356 Pre-A 1500 Speedster
Body: Roadster
Series: 356
Mileage: 92789 mi
Cylinder capacity: 1,6 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Red
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes
Country of first delivery: United States

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