Monterey

13-15 August 2015

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Lot 256

1957 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 82852
  • Engine no. 63868
  • Gearbox no. 12510

Sold for $440,000


60 hp, 1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual Solex carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with laminated torsion bars, parallel trailing arms, and tubular shock absorbers, independent rear swing axles with torsion bars and tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

  • Single ownership for three decades
  • Recent concours-quality restoration
  • Breathtaking color combination


Porsche was looking to compete with the lower-cost British manufacturers in the United States in the mid-1950s, so they first introduced the 356 Speedster in 1954 at the urging of U.S. distributor Max Hoffman. Hoffman wanted a bare-bones roadster with a price of just under $3,000, in order to persuade the burgeoning sports car crowd that a Porsche would be a brilliant alternative to an MG, Triumph, Jaguar, or Morgan.

In comparison to the standard 356, the Speedster was very basic. It was fitted with side curtains instead of roll-up windows, a removable windshield, ventilated thin-shell non-reclining bucket seats, and little else. A true dual-purpose sports car, the Speedster was a car that its owners could drive through the week, take to the track on the weekends, win their class, and drive home afterwards. With excellent performance thanks to their lightweight nature, the Speedster was an instant hit.

According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, chassis number 82852 was born as a 356 A 1600 Speedster and produced on December 21, 1956. Equipped with sealed beam headlights and U.S.-specification headlamps, the car was destined for the U.S. Not much is known about its early history, but it is known that the car has remained in California since at least 1971.

More recently, the car has completed a full restoration after living with the same owner since 1983 in Los Gatos, California, representing over three decades of single ownership! Work was performed by a marque specialist who brought the car back to concours standards. The car’s engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, and fuel and electrical systems were all fully disassembled and rebuilt to factory specifications. At this time, the car was refinished in a breathtaking and rare, period-correct color combination of Stone Gray over Red leather which contrasts beautifully over the set of five correct, date-coded chrome Rudge wheels

During its restoration, it was noted that all body panels are stamped with the last three digits of the car’s chassis number, confirming that they are all original to the car. Additionally, the engine and transmission are confirmed to be original according to the car’s Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Furthermore, the car is accompanied by a correct set of books and tools, as well as photographs documenting the restoration.

One of Porsche’s most iconic and celebrated models, the Speedster is near and dear to the hearts of many Porsche enthusiasts, not only for its looks and performance but also for its historical importance as the car that introduced many Americans to the marque. The example presented here, finished in a brilliant color scheme following its painstaking restoration to concours standards, would be perfect for Porsche Club of America events and would certainly garner lots of attention anywhere it goes.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

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Florida, United States

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Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more