This 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster was built by Vintage Speedster of Hawaiian Gardens, California, and comes finished in white over a red interior. The handcrafted fiberglass bodywork is mated to a 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia-derived chassis, and the car is powered by a 1,835cc flat-four engine with dual Weber 40 IDF carburetors. Acquired by its current owner in May 2022 and subjected to extensive recent service, this Speedster replica is now being offered for auction out of Arizona.
The replica fiberglass bodywork was recently refinished in white two-stage paint followed by multiple layers of clear coat. The car includes a tan soft top with removable side curtains, a matching boot cover, body-color bumpers, gold Porsche Speedster badging, Mobil Pegasus fender decals, dual chrome tailpipes, and silver 15” Mobelwagen steel wheels with 205/70 Firestone FR710 tires (0711).
The cabin is lined with new charcoal carpeting and red vinyl upholstery covering the bucket seats, door panels, rear parcel shelf, and upper dashboard. Accessories include a wood-rimmed Nardi three-spoke steering wheel, black and tan Coco floor mats, Simpson lap belts, a wooden Porsche-crested shift knob, 356-style VDO gauges, Porsche dashboard badging, a Pioneer Bluetooth stereo, and a heater. The seller notes that there are no speakers installed, however, wiring is in place for future installation.
Power comes from an air-cooled, dual port, and dual relief 1,835cc flat-four engine featuring dual Weber 40 IDF carburetors, a Bergmann Carrera-type cooling fan, a remote oil cooler with a thermostatically controlled fan, a remote oil filter, and Aeroquip stainless-steel pressure lines with AN connectors. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 4-speed manual transaxle. Service completed over the last year is said to include replacing the front hubs with new wide-five disc brake units with new bearings and calipers as well as all new brake pads, a new steering box, new steering column bushings, resealed rear hubs, throttle pedal upgrade kit, and new Porsche throttle linkage with a ball and socket connection.
This sale will include a clean title for a 1974 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia.
The seller would like you to know: “I had a 1955 Speedster in my late teens. Loved it and drove the wheels off it. I'm unable to afford the real thing now and I purchased this to relive my youth. I planned to keep this long-term and put a lot of work and money into making it just the way I want it. The problem now is that it is so nice I'm not comfortable driving it the way I'd like to. I've decided that I really want a track car to live out my Walter Mitty fantasies and have a Lotus Seven on the way. Somebody is going to get an amazing Speedster, but I'm warning you, the attention will drive you nuts.”
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