This Porsche 356 Speedster has a certain something…
Perfectly restored, then uprated
After several decades, the 356 Speedster in question made its way into the workshop of German marque specialist Early 911s. There was plenty of work required: 1,300 man-hours went into the body and paintwork alone, with a further 500 required to bring the interior and mechanicals up to scratch. Then came those improvements we mentioned earlier – the power of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine (Type 616/1) was increased from 60HP to 122HP, and the braking system was uprated accordingly. Despite having double the performance (and still tipping the scales at a mere 815kg), the Porsche outwardly remains a ‘normal’ Speedster – albeit with a hidden twist beneath the eye-catching bodywork.
The Orange 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster seen here is currently for sale via Early 911s, and can be seen in the metal at the company’s booth at the 2015 Techno Classica in Essen this week.
Photos: Early 911s