The Porsche 356A Speedster has an interesting history in the Porsche family of classics. Considered one of the most desirable collector models in the Porsche 356 lineup, the Speedster was introduced in late 1954 after Max Hoffman, the sole U.S. importer of Porsches, advised Ferdinand Porsche that a lower-cost, somewhat raw open-top version would potentially sell well in the American market. The 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster is different from its Cabriolet counterpart due to its low-profile windscreen that could be removed for weekend racing, bucket seats, and minimal folding top. As Hoffman predicted, the Porsche 356A Speedster was an instant success in America, particularly in Southern California where the ideal weather and beautiful landscape made driving the Speedster nothing short of awe-inspiring. Production of the Speedster would peak in 1957 and would begin to decline, being replaced with the Convertible D model in late 1958.
One of the most important considerations to make when looking to buy a 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster is verifying its originality by checking engine and chassis numbers with Porsche records. Many, many reproduction and kit cars have been designed and developed over the years to capitalize on the beautiful styling and effortless grace that these classic Porsches offered. Purchasing a kit car that you believe to be an original can be a huge, costly mistake. To eliminate the possibility of purchasing an imposter, always have any potential purchase inspected by a classic Porsche mechanic. Once you’ve established you’re indeed looking at an original, be sure to check thoroughly for rust and corrosion. Because of limited production numbers, parts can be difficult and costly to find a complete restoration can easily stretch into the six-figure mark. Be sure to factor any restoration costs into your overall budget when exploring Porsche 356A models for purchase.
These are just a few Buyer’s Tips for the 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster. Curious to learn more about these exceptional classics? Connect with the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club today. They will be happy to introduce you to their current inventory of Porsche 356 models and can help you find the car you desire. Connect with them today to get started! They look forward to hearing from you soon and to helping you add a 356 to your garage.
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