The Speedster was Porsche’s spartan sports car built for the American market, priced more affordably than the maker’s most luxurious models. This long-hidden example is one of only 21 built in the Speedster’s inaugural year with the uprated 542-series 1500S engine. Adding significantly to its rarity, its original powerplant is still in place, according to its certificate of authenticity.
Coming to market after 47 years of single family ownership, this Speedster is stated to have been purchased in September 1970 from its original owner. Even as a young man, the purchaser understood this Porsche’s significance, telling his wife, pregnant with their first child, that it would someday be their retirement fund.
A sports car enthusiast with a background in aeronautics, this owner operated an automotive performance shop where he carried out rudimentary repairs of the car’s floor panels and repainted it in its original factory red. A cherished possession, it remained garage-kept until the mid-1990s, when the owner further recommissioned the Speedster with an eye to its eventual sale. It was then exhibited at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, and family members vividly recall the exhilarating drives to these events and the attention the rare, early Speedster garnered. After that, the Speedster once again returned to its home garage in 1998, where it has remained awaiting another well-deserved day in the sun.