BaT Auction: 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

This 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster was completed on September 21, 1956 and delivered new to Hoffman Motor Car Company in New York. The car reportedly spent five decades with its second owner in Baltimore, Maryland, before being discovered in a storage container in 2012. A subsequent mechanical refurbishment included rebuilding the numbers-matching 1.6L flat-four and original four-speed transaxle. Finished in white over black leatherette, the car is also equipped with a white soft top, body-color wheels, baby moon hubcaps, and headlight grilles. This Speedster was acquired by the selling dealer in 2019 and is now offered with a copy of its Kardex, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, early records, side curtains, and a clean Massachusetts title.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

Reutter-built bodywork was finished in white from the factory, and a repaint is said to have been carried out in 1969. Imperfections across the finish include chips, dings, and areas of red primer. The car retains its quad, beehive-style taillights, and additional details include a white soft top, single side mirror, and chrome headlight grilles. Chassis number stampings on the doors and lids are pictured in the gallery below, along with closeups of the finish, trim, and lenses.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

Color-matched 15″ KPZ steel wheels wear baby moon hubcaps and are mounted with 165-width Vredestein Sprint Classic tires. Date codes from August 1956 are present on all four wheels, as well as the matching spare, and each is shown up close in the gallery below. Braking is managed by four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes that were reportedly overhauled in 2012.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

The cabin features fixed-back bucket seats trimmed in black leatherette with white piping, as well as matching upholstery on the door panels and dash pad. Oatmeal square-weave carpeting lines the seat backs, footwells, and sills, while black rubber mats cover the floors. The car is said to retain its factory one-piece wooden pedal board.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

A factory two-spoke steering wheel fronts a body-colored metal dashboard that houses green-letter VDO instrumentation, including a central 6k-rpm tachometer and 120-mph speedometer. The five-digit odometer shows just under 37k miles, about 100 of which have been added by the selling dealer.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

The 1,582cc flat-four features twin Solex 32 PBIC downdraft carburetors and was reportedly rebuilt during the mechanical freshening in 2012. An oil change was recently performed by the selling dealer.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Type 644 four-speed manual transaxle that is also said to have been rebuilt. Additional underbody photos are presented in the gallery below.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

Engine stamping *62940* is shown above and matches the number listed on the Kardex. Transaxle stamping 11345 is shown in the gallery below and also matches the Kardex.

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

The Kardex lists original delivery information, as well as the drivetrain serial numbers and a specification of white over black. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity can be seen in the gallery along with sales and service records from 1959. The video below includes a walk around with the engine running and a ride along.

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