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1956 Porsche 356 A Speedster VIN: 82422 Engine No. 62225 Trans No. 10003 Restored, original rust free car Original body panels and floor Numbers matching engine recently rebuilt with big bore kit Numbers matching transmission Porsche Certificate of Authenticity When Porsche came out with its first production model, the 356, convertibles were in demand, and in the early 1950s they sometimes comprised over 50% of total production. Taking the topless trend to a new level was the 356 Speedster, introduced in late 1954 after Max Hoffman, the sole US importer of Porsches at the time, advised the company that a somewhat spartan open-top version could sell well in the American market. With its low, raked windscreen (which could be removed for weekend racing), bucket seats and minimal folding top, the Speedster was an instant hit, especially in Southern California. Production of the Speedster peaked at 1,171 cars in 1957 and was replaced by more pedestrian Convertible D model in late 1958. 82422 is a stellar, Southern California example of this iconic Porsche. In the late 80's the car was purchased by its last owner, and was subjected to a concours level restoration. The Speedster was rust free, and had all of its original panels and floor. The original fit and finish were so good that no bondo was used. After its completion the car was driven sparingly, and was finally put into climate-controlled storage to gain value as a collectable. Surfacing only a few months ago the Speedster went to noted 356 experts, Willhoit Auto Restoration, for a complete engine rebuild, brake work, new tires, and a full service and inspection. The Speedster had been running with a non-stock S90 motor, but the decision was made to restore and install the original 1600 engine. Willhoit stripped down the motor and rebuilt the powerplant with new-old-stock NPR 86mm pistons, crankshaft, bearings, valves, and oil cooler. While still looking perfectly stock on the outside, the NOS 86mm pistons constitute a big bore" kit and raise the engine's displacement to 1750cc, while summarily increasing horsepower and torque. And while they were at it the 32 Solex carburetor was remanufactured, the generator rebuilt, the flywheel and lifters resurfaced, and a complete valve job performed. To finish it off Willhoit blasted and painted the exhaust. The result is a concours looking engine that runs as good as it looks. The next step was a complete brake job. New brake cylinders, hoses, shoes were installed and the master cylinder was rebuilt. All the hard lines checked, drums turned, and fluid changed. To finish off the four corners a new set of Vredestein tires were installed, as well as a new spare. After receiving a clean bill of health from Willhoit, who called the car top knotch", the Speedster arrived at Canepa for final preparation and detailing. Due to the care of the car in the intervening years the restoration still looks as fresh as the day it was completed. The interior is stunning, the paint is deep and luxurious, the underside as clean as the topside. Here is a brilliant opportunity to own an exceptional example of one of the most coveted Porsches of all time. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE PHOTOS ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We thank you for your interest in Canepa Design. To request further information or submit offers, please call or email: Bruce Canepa

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Year:  1980 or older
Miles:  15 000 - 19 999
Transmission: Manual
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