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Made To Drive | S03 E13

1956 Porsche 356A Speedster’s Racing Past Shines Through

When new, this was the least expensive Porsche available and had a ‘less is more’ philosophy behind it. Indeed, the car was intended to be taken to the track and be a legitimate club-racing contender. It seems that that’s precisely how this 356 spent a large portion of its early life. Raced around Connecticut, the car racked up trophies and actually won the E-Production Championship in 1963.
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Dennis Lucassen
Dennis Lucassen

I can only agree, that realy is a “cool thing”!

paul yanacopoulos
paul yanacopoulos

Hi Jon
A really beautiful restoration. Just a question regarding the grey finish on the steering wheel and knobs. My speedster has ivory coloured ones. Was grey standard in 1956?
Bets Paul

Jon Warshawsky
Jon Warshawsky

Paul, thank you. The grey was standard (or at least common) for white cars with black interiors, 1954-1959. Knobs matched the steering wheel. For this particular car, the original steering wheel had been retained and used since new. Stripping the paint revealed grey was in fact the original color. I’m deferring to Brett Johnson’s Restorer’s Guide for the general info on colors. Best, Jon.

Enrique Martinengo
Enrique Martinengo

Excelente.
Me da un poco de nostalgia de mi viejo VW58 y el sonido de ese motor Boxster.
Quiero uno.

Kevin Wahaus
Kevin Wahaus

I’m likely to come off as a cranky old guy, but I like this car far better than most today. From a design standpoint, it’s all it needs to be, and nothing more. Cars today are WAY over-designed. Lines intersecting lines, creases upon curves, inverted angles…the list is long. And don’t get me started on interiors — most are truly awful. Busy busy, busy! Every car’s dash should start like this and add only what’s absolutely necessary.

David P
David P

Gorgeous car – one of my all time fav’s.

It is a little too clean for my tastes though. Shame to have all of that patina removed, particularly when there’s an interesting history like this.

Jon Warshawsky
Jon Warshawsky

David P, thanks, it was a difficult decision and you described the dilemma exactly. When the car arrived, it was pretty clear that we would have to go to bare metal to assess rust (some, it turned out) and possible crash damage (not much, it turned out). A couple of areas required metal replacement, not uncommon in these cars. Even in the case of the seats, the steel shells had a few cracks and required welding before they were safe to reinstall. So, after we restored the structural integrity of the car, I could have either repainted it yellow and… Read more »

Richard Love
Richard Love

Back in the 60’s I worked for an insurance company on the East Coast. We had a fellow in the office who had bought on of the first Speedsters to come onto the States. He actually towed it to races with an XK120! He brought it all the way to Florida to run it at Sebring. Those were the days. No big factory teams. You could drive a car to the track, race it, and drive it home. We ended up buying a Speedster in the 70s. Never raced it. Wish I had it now.
Dick

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Its cars like this that i love the car hobby and why this site is the first go to for me in the morning. I was never a huge fan of Porsche but i always had some respect for them and this car is no exception. From the simple elegant and very recognizable body style to the tasteful clean interior. I love cars like this Porsche with its dual purpose design to go from street to race track in very short amount of time and effort not to mention it had great prosperity on the race track. The owner of… Read more »

Tom Othy
Tom Othy

Great video, always love your work. I saw a very similar story about a speedster restoration that was originally an old racer here in the link below. Keep up the great work!

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