Available for auction is this 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster replica by Thunder Ranch of El Cajon, California. Built on a steel tubular frame and powered by an air-cooled 1915cc flat-four engine, this Speedster features handcrafted fiberglass bodywork in the style of a classic Porsche 356A Speedster. This example is said to have been built in 2009 before it was acquired by the second and current owner in May of 2019. This nicely executed Speedster replica is now being offered for auction by its owner out of Pennsylvania with just over 4,500 miles showing on the odometer.
This Speedster is finished in Polar Silver with a black manually operated soft top and tonneau cover. Thunder Ranch replicas feature hand-laid fiberglass construction, sealed trunk and engine compartments, and a full tubular powder-coated frame. The seller notes some minor pitting on the chrome mirrors and air vents, detailed images are provided in the gallery. This Speedster rides on a set of 5.5” x 15” Mangel wheels with chrome hubcaps and Falken tires.
Inside, the cabin has been upholstered in Red Wine leatherette with matching red carpets. Features include a pair of bucket seats, a wood-rimmed Nardi steering wheel, a matching wood shift knob, a set of black and red Coco mats, and an upgraded Alpine radio with door speakers. The seller reports all gauges and accessories to be working properly.
The air-cooled 1915cc flat-four engine is said to have been tuned by SCAT Enterprises for a claimed output of 110 HP. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 3:88 Freeway Flyer 4-speed manual transaxle. The engine comes equipped with twin weber Carburetors and Thunder Ranch’s exclusive 911-style fan shroud. Stopping power is handled by a front disc, rear drum brake setup. The seller adds that regular oil and filter services have been carried out during their ownership.
This sale will include a clean title for a 1976 Volkswagen. With its classic styling and thrilling open-top driving experience, this Speedster replica is just waiting for a new owner to get behind the wheel and enjoy.