What was originally devised as a lower cost, open roofed version of the 356, the Speedster is now one of the most valuable variants of the 356 range. Funny how fate works sometimes, isn’t it? Upon urgings from the sole importer of Porsches to the US at the time, Max Hoffman, the Speedster was introduced at the end of 1954 and carried on through 1958 when the 356 Convertible D, with its taller windscreen and roll up windows. The high water mark for the Speedster was 1957, with over 1,100 built. This 1955 model for sale in San Francisco is an earlier Speedster with the dual tail lamps and the 1500cc flat four cylinder engine.
Chassis # 80584 Engine # 35480, Type 546/2, #’s match. 1500 Normal engine w/ 912 rockers, followers and rods. Elgin grind cam, ’58 Super spec carbs, Koni shocks. Color change from White to Black. Very rare for ’55 factory optional fuel gauge. This is an accident free, numbers matching car. Retains all of its original body panels. Correct date stamps on original wheels including spare. Correct 16” bias ply tube tires. The owner purchased the car in 1989 in Southern California and a multiple year restoration was carried out by Autosports Exclusive in San Mateo from 1997 to Oct. 1998. Longitudinals are original. Partial tool roll, tonneau cover, side curtains, jack and jack pad are included. It is in as restored condition having covered very few miles since completion.
Anywhere between $150,000 and $300,000 seems to be the order of the day for 356 Speedster prices these days. Variance in price depends obviously on year, provenance and equipment as with any other classic cars. Wearing all of its original bodywork on an older restoration sure counts for something, even if it isn’t the original color and there are some updated bits on the engine.…
Last year, as Porsche began to wrap up production of the 997 series 911, the first Speedster model emerged from the factory in 17 years. This was only the third generation of 911 to have a Speedster model, and this 1994 model was the 2011 model’s direct predecessor. With 930 produced, this was the second rarest 964, save for the Jubilee Edition, which was not sold in the US. It was a bit of a mash up between a 911 cabriolet and 964 RS, but had a less aggressive suspension setup than the RS and less creature comforts than the cabriolet, as the Speedster name was meant to conjure up an image of a drivers car. The following example for sale in New Jersey has under 30,000 miles, but low mileage is not exactly uncommon with these cars, as many collectors snapped them up when new.
1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, very limited production with only 427 built for the US market. Black with black leather sport seats, A/C, power windows, factory rear shell style boot when the convertible top is down. Alpine CD sound system. What a great investment auto, this car won’t last!
This is a smoke-free automobile. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. This vehicle has no known defects. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate. There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. All power equipment is functioning properly. The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean. Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse. There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.
From 1984 through 1989, Porsche manufactured what was, to many, the pinnacle of the 911 production run, the 3.2 In January 1989, production of the low volume Speedster commenced, ending six short months later with a total of just over 2,000 produced. Featuring a low slung windshield and hard tonneau cover, the Speedster was meant to evoke the 356 models of yore. Here is a widebody example with exceptionally low mileage.
The seller states:
This the rarest of the rare: A black wide body Carrera Speedster. It is very low mileage at 17,572. The paint is all original. This is a lightweight no A/C car. This car is untouched other than oil changes. This is powered by the super reliable Carrera 3.2 Motronic engine. It has its original 5 speed G50 gearbox shifting smoothly and flawlessly. Other than a lightly scraped wheel, the car is cosmetically beautiful.
$65,000 is about average for what clean, low mileage Speedsters are going for these days. I’ve seen some as high as $100,000, some as low as $40,000. With Targa, Coupe and Cabriolet prices holding steady, it’s no surprise that the rarest version of them all commands such respect in the marketplace.
This find comes courtesy of Doug over and Rare SportBikes For Sale.
White with Red interior and 51,000 miles. Seller is looking for $175,000. Not much info is provided. I looked to see if this car was listed elsewhere with more details and did not find it.
This is a lot of money to pay for a car where, like Cobras, most people will assume it is a replica.
Looks really nice.
Newcomer to eBay, but not to the business, Club Carrera Motors has an entire fleet of Porsche vintage racers now available for you on eBay.
A couple racers, including a 56 speedster that raced from day 1, some build up race cars, and a few street cars. They look good and have plenty of pictures and info in their listings. Prices are a bit high. If you want to have an instant race team for SCCA, SVRA, HSR, etc., I bet you could get yourself a deal if you bought them all.
From high to low price wise:
Now just pick up to take them with you to the track. Hey it is Mercedes powered so it is German.
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