1958 Porsche 356 Speedster
1958 Porsche 356 SpeedsterSource: private party
Posted: 24 May 2007
1958 Porsche Speedster SN 83895. Professional bare metal, show quality restoration completed in 1993. Car stripped to bare metal, new pans installed, new brake hoses and shoes, rebuilt suspension, new shocks, new YNZ wiring harness, gaskets, seals, new carpets, new interior, new Canvass top & Boot cover, gauges restored, etc. A full set of photos documenting restoration is available to buyer.
Car took 1st place in Speedster Class at 1993 Porsche 356 Registry East Coast Holiday in Toronto. I’ve been driving it ever since with 9,800 miles with absolutely no mechanical issues. Running gear is later type 741 trans and ’68 Porsche 912 (#744333 Type 616/39) engine with Weber carbs. All engine sheet metal is from 356 so it retains stock appearance, but with the power of the 912. With the 912 motor, this car is a blast to drive. Tach does not work as it is mechanical and needs to be converted to electronic for use with 912 motor. Car is smooth and powerful. Idle jets, might need cleaning, as it hesitates between idle and mid-range. With your foot in it, it pulls like a freight train. Some might feel that not having the original motor detracts from the value of the car, but it is a lot more fun with this smoother and more powerful motor.
I drive this car regularly and as a result it has two bumps from anonymous donors: one dent behind front license plate from Church; and left front fender was pulled out by someone’s bumper (?) at a party. See photos. Missing one hubcap crest. There is a small exhaust manifold leak when the engine is cold. It disappears when the engine is warm. Might need to tighten manifold bolts or install new gasket. Other than that, the exterior is beautiful with good panel fit. (see photos) Doors close like bank vault doors with solid clunk. Interior is in very good to excellent condition, but does show some age. Overall I would rate this car 9.5. It draws crowds from all ages and both sexes wherever I go. Everyone loves this car! I’ve owned it since 1988, and I believe that I’m the third owner. It was originally a California car, and then brought to Mississippi where I purchased it. I truly believe that you can get in this car and drive it anywhere. I’m selling it to buy something different: either later model 911 cabriolet or 73-74 Carrera. Buyer has choice between wood Nardi steering wheel or original Banjo type with Porsche horn button. (The Nardi wheel makes it easier to get in and out of car and more fun to drive.) The large Oscar driving lights do not go with car. Vintage 1958 NY plates do not go with car unless new owner is from NY. Comes with car cover.
Just to summarize, this is an excellent, reliable car with no stories and no faults other than those mentioned above. It is ready to be driven, enjoyed and loved.
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From WikipediaThe Porsche 356 was the company's first production automobile. It was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built.
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