This weekend, March 7-9, Road Scholars will be showing this 1959 Porsche 356A Speedster at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on behalf of the Ingram Collection.
1959 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster GS/GT VIN 84953
The Porsche 356 Speedster, lighter than the Coupe and Cabriolet, was the ideal car for the four-cam Carrera engine. From 1954 until 1959, 140 Carrera Speedsters were made. Out of the 140 cars, only 30 GT models were made.
#84953 is one of the nineteen GS/GT Speedsters made in 1959; the second to last Speedster ever made, and the last to leave the Porsche Factory. With matching numbers, this Speedster is a great example with significant race car history from a famous Porsche driver.
84953 was delivered to Joseph Buzzetta in June 1959 at the factory in Germany (because he was in the Army at the time and stationed in Germany). Buzzetta raced the car successfully in a number of events in Europe before bringing the car back to the United States.
In the U.S., he raced it on the East Coast in regional, divisional and national races. He won the Double 500 at Bridgehampton, overall, and was also New York Region Champion, B Production 1962, and Northeast Division Champion in 1961 in this car. Joe later raced for Porsche and advanced through the 906, 908 and 910′s with factory support.