Would You Pay Over $100k For This Porsche 356A Speedster Replica?

Porsche’s classic 356 was the automaker’s first production car and came in four different versions, from the “pre-A” to the A, B and the C, the latter representing the last revision the company rolled out.

This, however, is not a mid to late-50s 356A Speedster; in fact, it’s a replica, albeit a very good one, built on a shortened and reinforced 1964 Beetle chassis supporting a vintage Speedster’s body.

Powering the car is a 1.9-liter flat-four mated to a 4-speed manual transmission that’s putting out 153 horsepower, according to the Bring a Trailer ad. If true, that means it packs more power than the original car.

Other features include custom front brakes, Nardo Gray exterior, red leather interior, vintage Heuer stopwatches, a Budnik steering wheel, custom door panels with wood pockets, handmade pedals, a black Mamba shifter, Porsche 550-style handbrake and a handmade gas tank resembling a suitcase for the “frunk”.

An Alpine CD player with Bluetooth is also installed as a hidden feature, working alongside a McIntosh amplifier and a JL Audio subwoofer.

The ad states that building this car cost $100,000 and took 3,000 hours of labor. Officially, it’s titled as a 1964 VW, and has just 1,400 miles on the clock (2,300 km). So, would you pay a six-figure sum for that nicely made, but nevertheless replica, Speedster or would you rather have a true Porsche instead?

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  • Status

    Replicas aren’t worth a thing. Always insist on the genuine article.

    Otherwise, you’re paying $100K for a mid 60’s Beetle, and no Beetle has ever been worth that much.

    • LWOAP

      Exactly. I prefer the real thing over an imitation. Although the real thing is usually out of the price range people can afford these days.

      • Status

        That’s the other side of the coin. If you really, REALLY want a genuine 356A, the only problem standing in your way is price. But then again, there are many people who also want a 356A just as badly, and the more of them who can negotiate the challenge of 356A market prices, the less likely you can get your hands on one.

        The whole mess sucks, but I’d still feel happier WITHOUT the real thing and still wanting the car than having to settle for a cut-rate knock off that was built from a sow’s ear.

  • Dr Strangefinger

    Not for a replica, but it is really cool though!!!!

  • Bo Hanan

    The interior reminds me of the jewelry counter at Target.

  • Six_Tymes

    this is amazing workmanship. but the value will drop “like a rock” over only a short period of time. although it is brilliant in its design inside and out, no. Although at 50-70, maybe. it does look like close to 3000 hours went into it. cool car

  • luca sala

    Replicas aren’t worth a thing. Always insist on the genuine article.Otherwise, you’re paying $100K for a mid 60’s Beetle, and no Beetle has ever been worth that much.

  • Eagle By Singer

    In a word, No.

  • kachuks

    This is very, very good work. But if you’re going to spend this kind of money, you might save a few $$ by commissioning your own replica.

    Also, you can spend up to $150k if you buy a Runge. So it becomes a pick your poison scenario.

  • Well for starter you can’t get genuine Speedster for 100k, you need more than 5 times for it.

    The finishing looks good, the interior is very tidy and it has some modern features underneath it. But my issue is the car has fiberglass body, at that price I was expecting aluminium or steel body. So in the end the car looks over priced.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I don’t if I would pay $100,000 for this, but I do think it’s very cool.

  • SteersUright

    For whatever its worth, this replica is beautiful. I wouldn’t spend that much on any car at the moment but if money were like water I might certainly add this to my collection.

  • LWOAP

    No. It’s nice but I wouldn’t pay that much for it.

  • Bash

    The interior is cool.

  • pngrant54

    It appears there is good craftsmanship here. However for 100K I would require a more accurate faithful interior to the original. This car looks like its builder went their own way on this. Intermechanicca from Vancouver makes very accurate looking reproduction speedsters and convertible D’s. They do have modern convienences like seat heaters, A/C, stereo, power windows etc. They might be worth 100K

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Very good implementation for real. Still, a tad too expensive for a replica. Also, my personal preference for replicas goes to Cobras. I’d get one of those any day. But not this one, even if it looks like a very well done replica.

  • salamOOn

    this is really high end manufacture….

  • Miknik

    In Europe, you can buy a real 356 with a bit of luck for that money, speculation on them has taken a slight nosedive recently. I know what I would choose.

  • john1168

    Fantastic work! But for that money, I would hope for a lot more power.

  • HG504

    No. I’d get a Singer Porsche instead.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Hahahahaha. $100k would hardly cover the interior of a Singer. A Singer 911 starts at $400k and can easily be optioned to nearly $600k. This does not include the actual 911 to be Singerized.

  • Todd Colomy

    Mmmmm………… No. No I would not.

  • TheBelltower

    Aside from the awful crushed suspension, this looks really good. I’d consider this if I also had an authentic Speedster to park next to it. Seems like the workmanship level is really good.

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