1957 Porsche 356 A Super SpeedsterSource: Driver Source
Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
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Posted: 16 Feb 2011
Specs & DetailsExterior Color: blue
Interior Color: red
Miles Driven: 1,472 on resto
Numbers-matching 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S “Super” Speedster. At the beginning of this decade, this example was a low-mileage un-restored original with under 55,000 miles, built and finished by Porsche in Ruby Red with a black interior.
During the restoration that commenced only a few years ago, the car was comprehensively dismantled, stripped, and carefully refinished in the correct hue of Aquamarine Blue as seen here. Inside, the brilliant red “Autos International”-supplied interior built on original Speedster seats and correct oatmeal colored carpet was done at the same time and is complemented by a matching “Autos International” top and side curtains, boot, and full and half-cab tonneau covers that are faithful to those originally fitted to the car when new. The dashboard instrumentation was not overlooked either, all of which were sent to the world-renowned North Hollywood Speedometer for comprehensive restoration prior to reinstallation. The car’s brightwork, chrome, and trim were likewise carefully redone or replaced at this time to complement the quality inherent in this example. Even the rare 1957-only bumper over-rider, original to this car per early photographs, was restored and retained. Spare tire assembly, jack, and tool kit accompany the car as well.
Under the sleek rear engine lid, the original 1582 cc “Super” horizontal four-cylinder was completely rebuilt and enhanced with 1750 cc cylinders approximately 1,500 miles ago and then fitted with the correct and original Solex carburetors, one per cylinder bank. Coupled to this, the Speedster-specific four-speed transmission was overhauled at the same time. The car’s braking system and suspension were thoroughly re-commissioned as well; master as well as wheel cylinders and all brake lines were replaced. Only 494 out of a total of 3,994 Speedsters had the 1600 "Super" engine!
Documented by the Porsche-supplied “Kardex” or Certificate of Authenticity as having the same body and engine with which it left Zuffenhausen over 50 years ago, this highly-collectible, brilliantly engineered sports car, requires only continued care for yet another 50 more years of enjoyment.
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From Wikipedia The 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.