Porsche 356A 1600S Speedster

As the official importer of Porsches into the United States, Max Hoffman told Porsche they needed a less costly and racier version of the 356 to suit the stateside market. With its low, raked windshield, lightweight bucket seats and a minimal folding top with side curtains, the Speedster was an instant hit upon its initial release in 1954. Weighing nearly 200 pounds less than a standard 356 coupe, the Speedster was about a second quicker in the 0-60 mile per hour sprint.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

100 bhp, 1,582 cc air-cooled, horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine with dual carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox in rear-mounted transaxle, independent front suspension with parallel trailing arms, transverse laminated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with swing axles and transverse torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7".

Source: RM Auctions

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