Porsche 356 1500 Super Speedster

The Porsche 356 was first introduced to the American market in 1952 by Porsche family friend and sole importer, Max Hoffman. The Speedster arrived two years later and owed its existence to Hoffman, who recognized the needs of a youthful, performance-minded Stateside market, particularly on the West Coast. Spartan in its appearance, it was devoid of luxurious outfitting, with a tiny top, small seats, side curtains and, of course, a chopped one-piece windshield. From the outset, it attracted the attention of the weekend warrior, amassing an enviable string of road race victories and establishing a young, performance-oriented image for Porsche in the process.

For an additional $500, enthusiasts could opt for the “Super” engine. Equipped with this motor, the Speedster could reach 120mph and sprint to 60mph in about ten seconds. Prior to the introduction of the Type 550, this setup was Porsche’s production racing car offering. In fact, only about 154 Speedsters were so equipped and, until the four-cam Carrera arrived, the push-rod 1500 Super was Porsche’s most powerful car.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

85bhp, 1,488 cc horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. 82.7"

Source: RM Auctions

Gallery: Porsche 356 1500 Super Speedster