In the world of vintage autos, there's a specific set of cars that are highly desirable.
While it's painfully obvious that just about anything from Ferrari is going to be fought over and early Jaguars have made their way into buyer's hearts -- thank you Mad Men -- vintage Porsche's have always done well.
Now you have the chance to pick up what appears to be a squeaky clean piece of history known as the 356 Speedster. Being that it is the FIRST model Porsche sold to buyers, it is an important piece, particularly to Porschephiles. Oh, and the fact that this car is a Speedster only makes it that much more desirable.
This specific vehicle will hit the block on Jan. 18 in Arizona.
Estimates are pinning the price somewhere between $160,000 - $200,000.
...Americans have importer Max Hoffman to thank for the Porsche Speedster. The New York dealer brought 15 Special Roadsters to the U.S. in 1954. Seeking a competitive price point, he ordered them with bare-bones equipment. The gamble paid off, and the Speedster captured the public’s imagination—at an affordable base price of $2,995.
The Speedster was simple, and its light weight made it more fun to drive than the cabriolet. The windshield was cut down and the top curved, and an aluminum side spear made the car appear even lower. Tiny side screens replaced roll-up windows, and the top was minimal. The dashboard was made lighter with revised gauges, a padded lip, and no glove box. Seats were lower and non-reclining.
The Speedster literally took off in the U.S., with 4,144 finding enthusiastic buyers between 1954 and 1958...