A Car Collector’s Dream – 1955 Porsche 356 ‘Pre-A’ 1600 Speedster

A right-hand-drive Porsche speedster is a rarity, there are only 19 documented to have left the factory in the five years of production, and this is the seventh. Stored in an underground garage for 30 years with only four owners, this speedster is one of the very few with a 1,600 cc engine. And this engine has been kept the same with its body panels for over 60 years.

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It has been recently restored in Concours-winning condition with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, its first registration and a number of newspaper clippings that showcase its late 50’s racing history. The body was stripped of all paint and dirt by being immersed in an acid bath. Whereas, all the damaged and rusted sheet metal parts were replaced, which includes the floor, the bottom of the battery box and the sills. Despite the replacements and restorations, for the majority, it has been kept to its originality, which includes the original ignition switch and starter button, Bosch headlights, licence plate illumination with the Hella Logo, Bosch square-shaped door handles and 16” Lemmerz and Kronprinz wheels that are date stamped.

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To compliement this, the car won the ‘Most Sensitive Restoration’ award at the Zoute Concours d’Elegance by Bank De Groof Petercam. As we all know, the original is always better. Think Arnotts Shapes.

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