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Lot 136 - 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster by Reutter

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€258,307

Auction IAA Frankfurt Motor Show September 2015
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Lot Number 136
Reg. Number German
Chassis Number 82494
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Although Ferdinand Porsche did not commence building cars until 1948, his engineering pedigree was well established with designs ranging from the awesome Auto Union V16 Grand Prix car to the Tiger tank. After World War Two, however, and fresh from serving a two year prison sentence as a result, Porsche decided in 1947 to build his own sports car. Given project number 356, by August 1948 the first production model had been completed. With aluminium fastback coachwork, pressed steel chassis and the engine behind the rear axle, manufacture began late in 1948 and the 356 debuted at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show.

The Speedster was an immediate hit from its 1954 introduction. Steve McQueen even had a Speedster of his own, which he adored and which became one of the cars most closely associated with “The King of Cool.”

The Speedster holds a special place in Porsche history, not only as a sales success but also as an icon of minimalist automotive design. It remains a beloved vehicle today, a Porsche 356 A Speedster is on the wish list of nearly every car enthusiast the world over. This status has also contributed to a meteoric rise in desirability for these cars, as they lead the charge for all 356s and 911s that are gaining momentum in the market place. Simply put, no important collection would be complete without a proper Speedster. Motoring enthusiasts new to the classic car world are well served to acquire a “blue chip” car such as this.

This T-1 356 A Speedster left the factory in August 1956 in the rare colour option of aquamarine blue metallic (5607) and red upholstery, with the chassis number 82494 bound for the United States as recorded on the factory certificate of authenticity. Fitted with sealed beam headlamps as an option required for its importation into the United States. The car resided in the dry states of California under the ownership of the Suzanne G Miller Family Trust. During their ownership, it was decided that the car was restored painted White, retaining its original red interior. The car was subsequently purchased by a German collector and was then brought back to Germany in 1996. A Classic Data report carried out on behalf of the vendor (Kurzbewertung) in 2010 included in the cars file certifies the vehicle’s condition of 1-2 (1 being the best).

This spectacular example is offered with Porsche certificate of authenticity, a letter from Porsche detailing the specifications of the car dated 1998, FIVA identity card, copy of the previous Californian certificate of title and gesellschaft für technische sicherheitsprüfungen.

Dieser T-1 356 A Speedster verließ die Fabrik im August 1956 in der seltenen Farbe Aquamarin Blau Metallic (5607) und roter Polsterung, mit dem Fahrgestellnr. 82494 in die USA, bestätigt durch das Echtheitszertifikat. Ausgerüstet mit versiegelten Scheinwerfern, residierte das Auto in den trockenen Staaten Kaliforniens im Eigentum der Suzanne G. Miller Familie Stiftung. Während dieser Zeit wurde die Umlackierung in Weiß entschieden. Folglich wurde das Auto von einem deutschen Sammler gekauft und 1996 zurück nach Deutschland gebracht. Ein vom Verkäufer beauftragter Kurzbericht von 2010, bescheinigt den Zustand des Fahrzeugs von 1-2 (1 bedeutet das Beste).

Dieses sensationelle Stück wird mit Echtheitszertifikat von Porsche angeboten, sowie einer detaillierten Beschreibung von Porsche von 1998, FIVA Ausweis, Kopie des vorherigen kalifornischen Zertifikats des Titels von der Gesellschaft für technische Sicherheitsprüfungen datiert.


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