Up for auction is this 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster replica. Manufactured as a Classic Speedster by Classic Motor Carriages of Miami, Florida, this 356 replica was eventually acquired by a previous owner who invested a tremendous amount of time and effort to create a faithful representation of a Porsche Speedster barn find. Iron oxide paste was applied throughout the exterior to create a rust patina and many period-style accessories were added including an OE luggage rack, OE bumper overriders, fog lamps, rally stopwatches, and antique license plates. It comes equipped with an air-cooled Volkswagen flat-four engine, a 4-speed manual transmission, sway bars, and EMPI four-wheel disc brakes hidden behind machined aluminum replica drum brake covers. This unique custom Speedster replica is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Tennessee.
The fiberglass bodywork is finished in Ivory and has been given a custom weathered finished using iron oxide paste to simulate years of rust accumulation. The exterior brightwork exhibits matching patina along with the wheels, license plates, and leather suitcase mounted on the luggage rack. Other details include a tan canvas convertible top with matching side curtains, a black canvas tonneau cover, OE rear bumper overriders, antique German and California license plates, front fog lights, dual mirrors, vintage Mobil Pegasus graphics, Reuter tag on the front fender, genuine OEM Porsche torsion bar covers, and genuine OE windshield washer nozzles. The 15” Speedster steel wheels come dressed in classic 185 whitewall tires.
Inside, you will find a brown leatherette interior with matching brown carpets and a wood-rimmed 3-spoke steering wheel. The painted dashboard features a rust patina to match the exterior as well as dual rally stopwatches and 356-style instrument dials with green markings. The genuine 356 analog clock, temperature gauge, and hand-pump fire extinguisher are reported to be nonfunctional, while the headlights, turn signals, dual-tone air horns, and brake lights are all said to be working properly. A tear is depicted on the driver’s seat and the carpet is described to show general signs of age.
Power is derived from what is believed to be a mid-1970s air-cooled Volkswagen flat-four engine with single port heads and a two-barrel Weber carburetor. The 4-speed manual transmission is reported to shift well and cruise comfortably at 70 MPH. Sway bars are equipped, and stopping power is handled by EMPI four-wheel disc brakes hidden behind replica drum brake covers. The seller reports an undiagnosed mechanical noise coming from the engine, a video of the car starting and driving is provided below.
This sale will include canvas trimmed removable side windows, a Bilstein jack, a replica 356 toolkit, an Alabama registration, and a bill of sale. Whether you're in search of a project car or a visceral and nostalgic weekend driver, this custom Speedster barn find replica makes an excellent choice.