326: 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
Chassis #: 83154
75 bhp, 1,582 cc overhead-valve horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with parallel trailing arms, transverse laminated torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rear suspension via swing axles with transverse torsion bars, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7"
- Beautifully presented and a strong performer
- Fully restored by Dennis Frick of Pennsylvania
- Well maintained, driven and toured regularly
- Multiple award-winner
In developing the 356, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche established the groundwork for the Porsche empire and one of the most enduring motoring icons of the 20th century. Production began in the late 1940s, and the 356 was relentlessly developed into one of the world’s most respected and victorious sports cars.
Credit for the Speedster is owed largely to Porsche’s U.S. importer, Max Hoffman, who understood the crucial American market and advocated for specific models to meet customer demand. Priced at $2,995, the Speedster’s seats were simple, the top small, and roll-up windows were non-existent, with side curtains instead. Freed of the Cabriolet’s traditional appointments, the Speedster’s lower price and decidedly sportier character generated strong demand.
The Speedster was indeed a success, offering drivers an elemental Porsche experience and quickly establishing a formidable racing reputation. For 1957, Porsche improved carburetion and added ZF worm-and-lever steering gear, carefully evolving the 356’s engineering and further distancing it from its more humble VW origins. The Speedster was capable of exceeding 100 mph, with zero-to-sixty times in the ten-second range, both very respectable accomplishments for the era.
As confirmed by its corresponding Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, this 1957 Speedster was originally finished in red and fitted with rare blue leather upholstery, just as it is offered today. In addition, it was originally equipped with US-specification bumpers. The Speedster was acquired by the current enthusiast-owner from Paul Russell of Massachusetts in beautifully restored condition, with the work having been performed by noted restorer Dennis Frick of Pennsylvania.
In addition to very enjoyable local driving by its Florida-based owner, the Speedster has been toured extensively and entered the Colorado Grand rally, where it performed flawlessly. On the show field, it has won a number of Best in Show and People’s Choice awards in local shows.
Well-maintained and offered in show-quality condition today, the Speedster is fitted with a period correct engine and rides on a set of original-size 4½ inch wide chrome wheels and bias-ply tires. A set of 5½ inch wide chrome wheels with radial tires are included for touring.