A quick search on eBay reveals that you can get a running, rust-free Porsche 356A for under $100,000. The same search also shows that the more unique the spec and combination of options is the more you have to pay…exponentially more, that is.
The Speedster is definitely one of the more desirable body styles the 356A came in, and sticking to the point of it having good options that pile on the price, the car you see here is expected to fetch up to $1,2 million when it goes under the hammer on May 10.
It’s really steep, when all you want is the sexy ‘50s shape and just over 100 hp – you can get that in much cheaper kit car form. There are several things that bring up the price and most are revealed by the name with which it’s being advertised on the RM Auctions site: 1956 Porsche 356 A Carrera 1500 GS/GT Speedster by Reutter.
If you then break it up into pieces and analyze the significance of each individually, you start to see the story making a bit more sense. The most telling part of its name is the GS slash GT which means it’s neither of the two, being a GS at heart but with elements that previewed the higher performance GT that came after it.
It has unique original wheels too, and a full 1992 restoration by a German collector called Hans Reuter “who oversaw an exacting restoration that prepared the car for enjoyable touring.” The car was also lightly upgraded too, with better (Michelin XAS) tires, a fancier louvered engine cover, Koni Classic adjustable dampers and a camber compensator for the rear suspension borrowed from the 356 B Super 90, to name only a handful.
Very cool car, perfect for touring the club events and vintage rally scenes – it would probably make a really nice Mille Miglia car.
By Andrei Nedelea