We’ve come across an incredible number of Porsche 356 barn finds over the years and while they are interesting car, I don’t really get all that excited by them. There is however one body style that does get my blood pumping and that’s the Speedster. These cars are quite rare and given their current values, they are clearly highly sought after. This ’57 Super 1600 Speedster was passed down to the seller from their father, who was its second owner. Their father was a doctor in New Jersey and was a major 356 fan. The car has been parked in the family barn since 1998, but is now running and nearly ready to be driven. This incredible find can be found here on eBay in Freehold, New Jersey with an astonishing current bid of $150,000!
The seller states that engine is running, but admits the car needs brake work before it will be safe to drive. It also has some rust issues that need to be addressed, of course that isn’t particularly surprising given how many rusty 356s we have seen.
Unlike modern cars, which add more technology and power to go faster, the Speedster was stripped down to go faster. In 1957, reducing weight was really the easiest way to make an air cooled car go faster. Stripping the car down worked great and made the Speedster very popular with amateur racers around the globe. Their success and insane values have created an entire industry dedicated to building replica Speedsters. While a replica would be cheaper, it just wouldn’t be the same as having the real deal!
It’s a bit sad that this family is selling this Speedster, especially given that the seller’s father passed away shortly after they were born. Their father apparently had a large collection of 356s prior to passing away and this is the last car to go. Given how valuable these cars are these days, I don’t really blame them for cashing in before the bubble bursts, but it would be hard for me to let go of something with history like this. Of course, given that nice examples are trading hands for well over $1 million right now, I would be tempted to do the same.