• Baujahr 
  • Kilometerstand 
    2 718 km / 1 689 mi
  • Automobiltyp 
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Referenznummer 
  • Lenkung 
    Lenkung links
  • Zustand 
  • Markenfarbe außen 
  • Markenfarbe innen 
  • Anzahl der Türen 
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  • Außenfarbe 
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  • Leistung 
    60 BHP / 61 PS / 45 kW
  • Antrieb 
  • Kraftstoff 


Transmission: 4 gears, Manual gearbox
Drive: Rear wheel drive
Number of cylinders: 4
Engine capacity: 1.582 cc

Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 1600

First registration 15.09.1955

Delivered new by Hoffman, New York (copy of delivery note)

One of the very rare Pre-A series with a 1,600cc engine from new

Restored by 'Reuter Stuttgart'

Matching numbers

1.6L Flat 4  / 60 Hp / 44 Kw / RWD

4-speed manual gearbox

Certificate of origin and authenticity by Porsche

Red with black leather interior

Chassis no. 80990 / Engine no. 60070

Recent complete engine and gearbox overhaul

Eligible for Mille Miglia, Zoute Grand Prix, etc

Currently in Belgian registration




The example offered here was delivered new via Porsche importer Max Hoffman in New York for the United States market.

It is a very rare late Pre-A model, delivered new with the 1,600cc engine that would be standardised on the 356A.

It was delivered in October 1955, just before the introduction of the 356A, and was fitted with engine number '60070', indeed the 70th 1,600cc Porsche engine built. 

The Speedster was delivered new in red (it still is) with black leatherette interior – a classic choice for US customers. Unfortunately, the car's early history is unknown.

Subsequently the Speedster moved to Italy where it has been for many years. It underwent a complete restoration

20 years ago, and it is believed that it was at that time that the interior was re-trimmed in beige.

The engine and mechanicals were overhauled that time. Thus this Speedster still retains its original matching-numbers engine. 

Recently the Porsche moved to Belgium where the engine and gearbox was completely overhauled again only a few months ago to

make sure the car is in excellent mechanical condition, a new clutch and flywheel being installed at the same time as well as a new soft-top (beige).

Rear bonnet has factory markings. Current owner has had the car since 2018, having owned it previously in 2013, he regretted selling it and subsequently decided to buy it back.

Accompanying paperwork consists of a copy of the original factory specification sheet; ASI documents; photographs and

invoices of the engine/gearbox rebuild;  Italian registration papers from previous owner, current Belgian registration, Belgian MOT document.

Also included is the toolkit. This historically important late Pre-A Speedster 1600 is ready for its next adventure on one of the numerous

events it is eligible for, including, the incomparable Mille Miglia.

Although conceived as a no-frills, cut-price, entry-level model for the United States market, the iconic Speedster is today one

of the most highly valued and sought after of Porsches.

Ferdinand Porsche had established his automotive design consultancy in the early 1930s but his name would not appear on a car until 1949.

When it did, it graced one of the all-time great sports cars: the Porsche 356.

Having commenced manufacture with a short run of aluminium-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume

production of the steel-bodied 356 coupe at its old base in Stuttgart. 

The work of Ferry Porsche, the 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father.

Like the immortal 'Beetle', the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and torsion bar all-independent suspension.

In 1951 a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe.

Constant development saw the 356's engine enlarged first to 1.3 and then to 1.5 litres; the original split

windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 

A cabriolet followed hot on the heels of the original 356 coupé, and then in 1952 a trial batch of 15 America Roadsters was constructed

at the behest of US importer Max Hoffman, who had persuaded Porsche of the potential for a 'cut-price' entry-level model.

The Roadsters' successful reception in the USA led to the introduction of the Speedster model in 1954.

The Speedster's inspiration is also credited to John Von Neumann, Porsche's West Coast distributor, who had chopped

down a Gmünd-built coupé in the late 1940s to create a lightweight competition car.

Explaining such a car's appeal Neumann once said: 'Guys want to go, on a Saturday night in June, down

Sunset Boulevard with their elbow over the door and the girls can see them in the car.'

Instantly recognisable by virtue of its low, wraparound - as opposed to V-shaped - windscreen, smaller and entirely retractable

hood, lower door waistline, horizontal trim strip at the level of the door handles, and twin bucket seats - all of which served to

emphasise its sporting image - the Speedster was, in effect, an 'economy' model intended to compete with the cheaper British sports cars.

The Speedster was powered initially by the 1.5-litre version of Porsche's horizontally opposed four, gaining the new 1.6-litre, 60bhp engine

with the introduction of the improved 356A in 1955.

Priced at $2,995, the Speedster was the lightest of the 356s, enjoying a commensurate performance boost that meant over 100mph was possible.

Allied to its already renowned handling characteristics, this meant that the Speedster was an instant success in the burgeoning

American sports car racing scene.

Testing the Speedster alongside its Coupé sibling in 1956, Road & Track magazine declared, 'A more comfortable sports car for long, high-speed

journeys would be very hard to find and certainly no other car achieves the combination of comfort, performance and fuel economy of the Porsche Continental Speedster or Coupé.

Its combination of style, performance and value for money made the Speedster deservedly popular 

4,822 examples being constructed between 1954 and '58 and today this most handsome of the 356 variants enjoys iconic status.


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