One of the most sought-after collector models in the Porsche 356 lineup is the Porsche 356 Speedster. 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 of the classic 356 would sell well in the American market. Boasting a low, removable windshield, bucket seats and a minimal folding top, the Porsche 356 Speedster was an instant hit. More than just a Coupe in Convertible form, the Speedster would see production from 1954 to 1958. Because the 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster was the last of the production run, it is one of the more sought-after model-years among available Speedsters. It is estimated that only 937 of the 356A Speedsters were produced, and it is unclear how many survive today. If you come across an original 1958 Speedster, or any 356 Speedster, you’ve found a car that is certainly desirable.
When you first view any prospective 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster for purchase, walk around the car slowly, checking all the lines for similar spacing. Then move to under the front panels and around the headlights and wings, followed by the door bottoms and rear wing panels. The Speedster and Cabriolet models are particularly prone to rust around the door bottoms, so be sure to do a thorough check. Another important point to mention is that bumpers, particularly on the early models, are hard to find original and quite expensive to remanufacture. Purchasing a car with quality bumpers can save you a bit of money during your restoration. When starting the car, if applicable, check that the generator and oil pressure lights go out immediately. The engine should sound like a well-oiled sewing machine. Any knocking could be a sign of damage, so be sure to listen carefully as your drive.
These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club team recommends for the 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster. Should you have any questions or would like to speak with a classic Porsche specialist, do not hesitate to contact their team at your convenience. They look forward to hearing from you and to helping you find the classic Porsche you desire. Connect today!
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