Editors Note : April 2017

by | April 2017

Porsche’s photographer took this early production 1955 mode-year Speedster to Stuttgart’s Solitude race circuit for this photo. (Courtesy of Porsche Archiv.)

Written by Randy Leffingwell

In our brief April issue we consider collectibles, what makes a Porsche a desirable possession. Through our regular contributor Randy Wells, we meet about Renée Crist, someone who really knows about collectible automobiles as the collections manager at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Spokane, WA. And our co-founder Cam Ingram gives us an overview of what has happened to the values and our appreciation of Porsche’s 356 Speedsters.

Rarity certainly contributes to collectability. Uniqueness adds to the object’s desirability. These two factors should work against the decades’ long fascination with 356 coupes and especially the Speedsters. Porsche assembled about 2,910 of the Speedsters between 1955 and 1959, and something like another 1,234 of the Pre-A models. Yet distance – geographic, emotional, and financial – from where anyone was in those days and being able to acquire one of these cars has become a multiplier factor in their appeal today. Some of the prices Cam discloses will make you blink. Several times!

In coming issues we plan to look at other Porsche desirables and collectibles, 1968 911R, 1973 Carrera RS 2.7, the 959. In the meanwhile, enjoy what you find here. We’ll be back in May with more!

Thanks for reading us.

Randy Leffingwell


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