1955 Porsche 356 Speedster PrivateCars - Manhattan Beach - 5 views
This 1955 Porsche 356 is a US-market Pre-A Speedster that was produced in December 1954 and acquired by the seller in 1983. Power comes from a replacement flat-four that was modified with a 1,720cc kit and is paired with a four-speed manual transaxle. The car has been refinished in red over tan leatherette, and equipment includes a tan soft top, gold exterior trim, beehive taillights, fixed-back bucket seats, headlight stone guards, 356C disc brakes, and 14″ Fuchs alloy wheels. The fuel tank was replaced in 2018, at which time overhauls of the fuel pump and carburetors were performed. This Pre-A Speedster is offered with a Porsche Classic Technical Certificate, a service record, and a clean California title in the seller’s name listing it as a 1954 model.
Delivered from the factory in white, the car was reportedly refinished in its current shade of red in the early 1980s. Features include sealed-beam headlights with stone guards, quadruple beehive taillights, body-color bumpers, gold lettering, a single engine lid vent, and a Reutter badge riveted to the right-front fender. The tan soft top is shown in its raised position in the gallery below. Paint chips and other imperfections can be viewed in the gallery. The Porsche crest from the front trunk handle came loose several years ago and was removed, but is included in the sale.
The 14″ Fuchs wheels feature polished lips and spokes with black-painted insets, and 185/65 Firestone All-Season tires are mounted all around. The original drum brakes have been replaced with a four-wheel disc brake setup from a 356C, and Koni shocks are fitted at each corner.
Black upholstery was replaced with tan leatherette on the fixed-back bucket seats, door panels, rear panels, and upper dash pad under previous ownership. The dash face was also refinished to match the body, and replacement tan square-weave carpets were added. Coco Mats line the front footwells, and black rubber mats cover the rear of the floor. Black lap belts are equipped for the front and rear occupants.
The black two-spoke steering wheel wears a Porsche-crest horn button and frames green-lettered instrumentation including a VDO speedometer and tachometer as well as a centrally mounted oil temperature gauge. The five-digit odometer shows just over 27k miles, and true mileage is unknown. The horn does not work.
The replacement 616/1 flat-four wears a stamp reading P*63513*, indicating production for use in a 1956 356A. The engine is said to have been rebuilt over four decades ago with a 1,720cc big bore kit as well as 912 connecting rods, a 356SC camshaft, and Super 90 valves. The twin Zenith 32 NDIX carburetors were overhauled with replacement gaskets in September 2018, and a new fuel tank and a rebuilt fuel pump were also installed. An oil change was last performed in August 2020.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transaxle.
The Porsche Classic Technical Certificate lists original colors and powertrain information along with a general overview from a Porsche technician.