Before this Speedster wore faded green paint and layers of dust and detritus from decades of storage, it rolled off the assembly line finished with deep black paintwork and a tan interior with a black convertible top. It was undoubtedly a stunner in the late 1950s and surely caught the attention of those passing by. Since emerging from storage this Speedster still stops people in their tracks, just for a different reason.
A gentleman named Charles Gregg from Denver, Colorado purchased the black Speedster in 1967 and painted it green, fitted a set of Empi wheels and a Bursch exhaust. Gregg drove the car sparingly over the next decade or so, as evidenced by the handwritten odometer reading of 12,388 miles on the backside of the registration sticker on the windshield. The car remained in storage for 43 years, even after Gregg moved to Towanda, Kansas in 1993.
In 2019 Roger and Sissy Morrison purchased the car from the Gregg estate, decided to bring it back to running and driving condition while leaving the years of patina and dust untouched. They commissioned Trevor Sewell to rebuild the original engine in 2020, and today the Speedster shows just over 13,000 miles.
Roger has won numerous Pebble Beach trophies with other vehicles in his collection, but he and Sissy decided to leave it “just like we found it. It’s a piece of history. It tells a story that would be lost if I restored it. There are many perfect Speedsters out there, but only one like this. The only thing I’m afraid of is that someone will come along and write wash me’ on the windshield.”
Chassis 84625 still retains many of its original components, including the original engine, GT fuel tank, side curtains, and even drum brake shoes date stamped 1958. Thanks to its storage indoors and in dry climates, the floor pans and body are completely rust-free and free of any body filler. The original black paint is still intact on the dashboard and can be seen behind the door panels. The doors still close and latch with a distinctive “ping” that is hard to replicate in restored vehicles. The transmission is a correct Speedster transmission produced in late 1957 with a probable installation in early 1958, and was rebuilt with the correct Speedster gear set.
Along with the vehicle, the Empi wheels and Dunlop snow tires are included, the original literature from Reutter and along with the exterior trim pieces and Speedster lettering,
Chassis 84625 is a rare opportunity to acquire a highly original 356A Speedster exactly as it was over 43 years ago and has been mechanically sorted and ready for road use.
Originally ordered with black paintwork and matching black convertible top with a beige interior.
Remained in storage in non-running condition for 43 years in Colorado and Kansas.
Factory GT fuel tank.
Retains numerous factory original components, including brake shoes date stamped 1958.
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