1958 Porsche 356A Speedster

restoration overview

The car had been used by its last owner as a race car and installed a roll bar in the interior. He also cut away excess metal away from the rear valence to fit a race exhaust as well. The car arrived to us with it’s numbers matching doors, hood, and engine lid with no significant damage from its years as a race car.

5/5/10 The 1958 Speedster has been painted Glasurit Orange (Paint Code 711) and properly undercoated. Now it’s in the process of final assembly and preparing for the long summer show circuit.

3/12/10  The 1958 Speedster is in final primer and has been broken open by our painter. This means the car will sit for two weeks in final primer while the chemicals evaporate from the primer and assures an excellent foundaton for the Glasurit paint.

History: Our customer that we restored the Slate Grey Carrera 2 Coupe  (295.5 Point Zuffenhausen Award winner), wanted Kevin to find him a special 356 speedster to add to his collection. Kevin found a three owner 1958 Speedster that had spent it’s whole life in California. The car had been used by it’s last owner as a race car and installed a roll bar in the interior. He also cut away excess metal away from the rear valence to fit a race exhaust as well. The car arrived to us with it’s numbers matching doors, hood, and engine lid with no significant damage from it’s years as a race car.

Although, typical open top 356 metal work was necessary.  We had to replace the entire floor pans, driver’s side rocker, both longitudinals, rear quarter metal repairs, lead the doors for concour fit, and create the rear exhaust valence.

It’s very hard to find Speedster’s that are this good and haven’t completely rusted out. Also, this Speedster has a blank Kardex, which makes this car very special. Special in the fact that our customer can make all sorts of additions to the car per factory options (like a GT gas tank, clock in the dash, rudge wheels, etc)

The car will now be epoxy primed and the rest of the detail metal work will be completed. Next month our customer will have the difficult decision of what color to paint the car.

 

Awards

  • 2010 Porsche Parade Zuffenhausen Award Winner 
  • 2010 356 Club Concours d’Elegance Dana Point 2nd in Class
  • 2011 Concours On The Avenue Carmel By The Sea 1st in Class
  • 2012 Porsche Grand Display at Carillon Point Best in Show

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