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T1 beehive tail lights, USA bumpers Texas California car major service completed

For sale: 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

Technical specifications

Item location:
Vista, California, United States
Ruby Red
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Drive type:
Interior color:
Black w/Oatmeal carpet
Leather Seats
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1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

VIN 82928
Engine 712960
Trans 12875
Color Ruby Red
Early 57 last of the T1 body with desirable Beehive tail lights
USA bumpers with overriders
Dry Texas/California car - never rusted!!!!!!!
Excellent paint, erfectly straight body, xcellent gaps
All original body panels! matching VIN stamps
5 Correct date stamped wheels
Owner’s manual/Tool kit/Tire Jack/Records/Tonneau/Side curtains
Just completed a major service and sorting

Come see the car in person at the 2015 Dana Point 356 Concours on July 26

Contact Mark Allen 760-522-0090. 18 years selling on eBay! 356 Club member, 56 Registry member, arly 911S Registry member, CA member, 12 Registry Charter member, ong time Porsche guy with a great reputation

The Speedster needs no introduction, t is the stripped down version of the 356 that everyone wants. A minimalistic elegant design that exudes what could only be known as “COOL”. Sure all 356 cars are beautiful but this is the most beautiful version. While they do not have all the comforts of a regular car, uch as roll up windows, he car delivers an intense experience every time you take it out. You are not simply driving somewhere in a Speedster, ou are cruising like a king in the most eye catching vehicle on the road. A must have for any collector; these cars can be the highlight of a collection or a most handsome accessory no matter what classic car genre you are involved in.
This car is an early 1957 car built January 28th the last of the T1 body with the signature Beehive tail lights and over rider bumper bars which are the most classic looking of all the designs. This car like most every Speedster made was destined to be delivered to the USA, quipped with beautiful USAoverriderbumpers. This car was lucky to have been originally sold in dry & hot Texas where it completely escaped snow, ain, nd other rust causing environmental conditions. Ownership and records are present from the late 1980s. Oldest know history is well known Speedster restored Roy Smalley bought this car in Dallas Texas in the mid-1980s. Roy said that this car was in unbelievable original condition when it was found so that only the lightest restoration was done and there was no need to disassemble the entire chassis.
Since the car was very original when found, ack when original 356 parts were still available from the dealer, he car retained most all of its original parts and almost no reproduction parts were used. The current paint job, ompleted by Roy in ’89, as a bare metal Glassurit job in the original Ruby Red color. This paint is in fantastic shape. The transmission was numbers matching to the car, he engine had been replaced with a correct appearing more powerful 356 engine. After Roy sold the car the last owner brought the car out to California to his vacation house. Traveling back and forth between 2 different houses depending on the time of year meant that the Speedster saw less than 3000 miles since the restoration. Still in excellent condition but with a few leaky seals, oggy brakes, nd light layer of dirt the car was acquired in September 2014, ver the last 8 months the entire car has been gone through, he results can be seen below.
This car was found in Dallas Texas in the 1980s by well know Speedster restorer Roy Smalley of Eurowerks in Texas. Roy restored the car in 1988-1989 and sold it to the previous owner Bill T. When this car was last acquired from Bill T. we contacted Roy Smalley to ask if he remembered the car "You bet I do..." he replied and then went on to say "You got an exceptional speedster. I have 5 in the shop, wo more on the way and none are even close." Roy's description of the car is also noted in a letter written to the last owner after Roy completed restoration work in September of 1989 where he notes that the car was an "Unrusted, nwrecked, riginal Dallas TX car", he letter goes on to offer to buy the car back for $80k if the owner ever considered selling, hich was a good offer back then. The restoration work done 26 years ago held up extremely well partially due to the car only traveling 3000 miles since the restoration! The last owner was a Porsche collector and enthusiast who drove a 993 C2S as his primary car, e lived between Texas and California during different times of the year therefore the car was only used on special occasions.
In September of 2014 the car was brought to Vintage Excellence for a complete mechanical and cosmetic sorting - while the car was already an excellent driving car it had so much more potential with proper deep cleaning, olishing, nd mechanical servicing. The result is what you see in the accompanying pictures. The entire body had all trim and rubber removed for a cut & buff of the Glasurit Ruby Red paint done so many years ago – the finished polishing made the paint looks as if it was recently done. When old paint looks this good, t stays looking this good with the right care. No need to worry about fresh paint shrinkage showing bad bodywork or rust bubbles - this paint is old, ard, table and very shiny. Many old paint jobs show rust bubbles, ading, racks but not the case with this car - there is NO RUST in this car. While most of the Speedsters being restored today have had drastic metal work and panel replacement this car wears all of its original metal aside from battery floor and main floor pan, ou will not find another Speedster with this solid and original of a body. Solid body means a quiet smooth driving car. A complete inspection of the body panels showed it retains all of its original body panels, o they fit very well, erified by the last 3 of the VIN number stamped into- front & rear hood, eft & right doors, ven the door jamb panels have the VIN stamps on them which is usually unheard of (see pictures for confirmation of these stampings). The front and rear of the car have never been hit, here is no clip or body damage, paint meter shows very respectable thin paint thickness on the entire car.
After the polishing was completed the body was re-assembled using all new correct rubber seals and floor mats. Trim was cleaned and repaired as needed - most all trim is original Porsche parts - not reproduction. The interior was done in the late 80s in black leather - still in great condition it has a slight patina that fits the car very well, nlike puffy new leather interiors. While the interior was out for cleaning new Oatmeal colored German Square Weave carpet set was made for the car. The top was also changed, peedster tops are either “low bow” or “high bow” but this car has an intermediate top - in between the production of a low bow and high bow top - these are very rare tops and have subtle fitment differences than most all other Speedster tops. Due to the complexity of the top, ince no pattern was available at either of the world’s best Porsche trim shops here in San Diego a custom top was created, o ensure the top fit perfectly the top bows were straightened using jigs made by Richard Miller (a Speedster expert out of San Diego, IP), he first top that was made sagged in the corners so another one was made learning from the first mistakes, ow the new canvas top fits like a glove and snaps against the body when you give it a little tug - the way it should. Top work was completed by an automotive trim artist – Thomas Pocius, ot a major production shop. A matching canvas full tonneau cover compliments the convertible top. All mechanical items inside the car were cleaned, nspected, ubricated - new heater cables, hift bushings, tc - heater blows HOT. All lights were disassembled and cleaned, very 6V bulb was replaced, riginal horns repaired and are LOUD.
Work underneath the car included: Full brake job, rums machined, rake shoes re-lined, hoes were properly curved to match the drums, ll new wheels cylinders, ew flexible rubber lines, ew e-brake cables, ll new Ate brake fluid - entire brake system flushed. The wheels are correct original Lemmerz 15x4.5" all 5 with a November 1956 date stamp on them. These wheels were professionally restored by Andre at Custom Wheel Refinishing, he wheels look like new with no blemishes showing, hey really make the car sit perfectly. 5 new period correct tires installed (Vredestien 165/15). The engine/transmission were removed from the car to be cleaned and re-sealed, ew 1 piece axle boots with correct straps, ew spring plate bushings, wepco gear oil, able hangers installed. Transmission is in excellent condition. The rest of the suspension, ncluding the Koni shocks, ere all in good condition. Ride height was adjusted right where is needs to be. Trunk was clean as can be, riginal fuel tank rust free inside and out, new 6V battery and a new correct battery fiberboard cover fitted.
While the engine was out a complete tune up, e-seal, nd cosmetic detailing was done. This engine is a 1964 356C 1600cc engine that has been upgraded to full SC specs and 1720cc big bore pistons and cylinders. Engine features include: counterweighted 912 crank & rods, 6mm NPR P/Cs, 12 cylinder heads, orquey cam, ebuilt Solex PII carburetors with original Knecht wire mesh air cleaners, osch 022 dizy, ew Dansk Sport Exhaust with chrome tips. This engine produces a confident 110hp+ which is more than enough to push the lightweight Speedster to any speed you wish or to cruise slowly down the boulevard. The simple late model 356 motor can be serviced by any shop competent in 356 cars, arts are easy to obtain, nd you will get a reliable 30MPG on the freeway.
In summary this is a very special car in just the right condition. This car is only slightly below a concours winning freshly restored car. It is well above a driver car that would need a full restoration to bring it near this condition. A decent Speedster project car will cost $150,000+ and a proper restoration will cost $150,000+ not including metal work. It makes sense to buy the best car you can find rather than a car with some issues. While this car does not have its matching number engine, he majority of Speedsters are missing their original engines, t does retain the original color, ransmission, nd 90% of the parts are original to the car so you feel the authenticity and original quality that Porsche intended. This car is as authentic appearing as they were when they were new, t drives perfectly and needs no maintenance or restoration. Included with the car is a copy of the original Kardex file from Porsche, history file folder and current repair receipts, eproduction owner’s manual with red folder, eproduction correct tool kit, riginal tire jack, riginal spare tire, ide curtains with storage bag, nd a full canvas tonneau cover. It is now ready for your ownership.
*Please note that the California license plate in the pictures is only a prop, he car is not registered to this plate. The original Chick Iverson frame and plate are included with the car.
Call Mark Allen 760-522-0090

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