1958 Porsche 356 Speedster
This stunning Four owner metallic silver 1958 Porsche 356A is a Reutter steel-bodied Speedster that was supplied new via Messers Islinger of Mannheim, Germany. Restored a few years ago by an Italian and German classic car guru, the rebuild was a body off, engine out affair. One of just 1,171 authentic Speedster produced, this final year example is numbers-matching and in great driver’s mechanical and aesthetic condition.
Refinished in traditional German Racing Silver, the body, bumpers, and brightwork are all original and in excellent shape. The body is complete with the correct trim, emblems, lighting equipment, and steel wheels complete with chrome center caps. The removal windscreen is free of cracks or major imperfections and the folding roof has fresh black canvas to match the interior.
The spartan cabin left the factory with red leatherette but was changed in favor of black leather during the restoration. The new interior materials were carefully selected to match the factory materials used in period. The original teal digit gauges are fully functional and the color-matched-to-body dash is still equipped with the factory-optioned radio—a rare item. Even the often-tarnished ivory colored switchgear, shift knob, and steering wheel are exceptional.
Under the ventilated rear deck lid, the rebuilt numbers-matching 1600 flat-four (1582 cc) is nearly spotless thanks to a recent engine compartment detailing by a premier UK P-car specialist. The engine fires and runs beautifully with no leaks or problems to note. The original four-speed manual gearbox has also been rebuilt and shifts smoothly without grinds or pop-out issues. The driveline is in congruent condition.