Porsche 356A 1600S Speedster
Porsche’s 356 Speedster utterly revolutionized the sports-car concept. Built to a price at the vocal insistence of Max Hoffman, Porsche’s larger-than-life U.S. importer, the Speedster heralded the return of the elemental and purposeful sports-car experience that captivated America just after the close of WWII. The Speedsters had light bucket seats, a small top for emergency situations and side curtains – all the trappings of an all-out, fair-weather sports car. Its cut-down windshield gave the impression of speed and adventure even while the car was at rest, and its performance and handling abilities were heightened by a significant overall weight reduction.
Speedster production commenced in 1955 and peaked at 1,416 units for 1957 with 2,922 built in all. The hotter 1.6-liter “S” engine powered just 494 of them. In this form, the Speedster established an especially formidable performance reputation matching its youthful avant-garde image.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
88 bhp (SAE), 75 bhp (DIN), 1,582 cc air-cooled, horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, dual carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox in rear transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"
Source: RM Auctions
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