UPDATE – Turns out the seller listed the car as a ’56, but it is actually a ’58.
The Porsche Speedster is coveted by collectors around the world and it is not hard to see why. With their cut down windshield and bucket seats, this is the vintage Porsche to have. They are rare and normally only show up for sale at live auctions, so you can imagine our surprise when we discovered this dusty
1956 1958 Speedster on craigslist in Los Angeles, California.
Ironically, the Speedster was not originally intended to become the high dollar collector item it is today. It was Porsche’s answer to requests from America for a more affordable racer. With all the cheap British sports car zooming around southern California, Max Hoffman saw an opportunity to move more cars. He was the sole distributor at the time so he had some pull with Porsche and he wanted a car he could sell for under $3,000.
To keep costs down, Porsche had to cut a lot of corners. A crude top and side screens provided minimal protection from the elements, the windshield was removable to reduce drag on race day, and those fixed back seats helped keep the driver in place through the corners. The dash was simplified and even the tach became an option. As a result of all this cost cutting, the weight also went down helping the Speedster become a favorite among club racers.
The black on red color combination is stunning, but we have no idea if there are any mechanical issues. The seller does mention that they also have a few other 911s they would like to sell, but it is hard to even notice them with this beauty in the picture. On the seller’s Facebook page, they comment that the car is worth $125k, which seems reasonable if there are no major issues. We are not sure how much of a “barn find” this Speedster really is, but who cares? We would not complain if we found this sitting in a garage down the street…