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27 May 2017

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Lot 128

1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 80075
  • Engine no. 730255
  • Gearbox no. 4548

Sold for €336.000

Documents: Proof of EC Taxes Paid


  • One of only 1,233 Pre-A Speedsters
  • Upgraded with the later 356 C 1600 engine
  • Retains its original gearbox
  • Comprehensive restoration
  • Includes copy of Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity


We are pleased to offer here the 75th production 356 Speedster in what has come to be known as the ‘Pre-A’ series, comprehensively rebuilt and presented today in an elegant colour scheme of black over red with red square-weave carpeting, correct ivory plastic steering wheel, shift knob, and dash knobs. Chassis 80075 was delivered from the factory in Zuffenhausen on 8 November 1954 for shipment to Porsche’s American distributor, Max Hoffman, in New York.

Prior to delivery, this car would have been prepared to U.S. standards, including installation of sealed-beam headlamps and non-metric instruments. The factory Kardex notes that this example was originally painted Glasso Blau, one of only three standard Glasurit Glasso enamel colours applied by Reutter on 1954 Speedsters. The interior was upholstered in optional Kunstleder Acella, a basket-weave textured leatherette, which could be ordered for the 356 into the early 1960s.

In 2001, this Speedster was imported back to Europe by an enthusiast who would keep it for five more years. In 2006, it was acquired by a Porsche collector who commissioned a full restoration to its current beautiful presentation. The gleaming black paint, black folding top, and tonneau are offset by correctly painted 4J X 16-inch steel wheels and charming whitewall tires. The instruments have since been converted to metric units. A chromed spare wheel and blackwall spare tire reside in the front boot. Furthermore, the engine was fully rebuilt in 2009; it should be noted that the original 1500 engine has been replaced with a later, 75-horsepower 1600 Type 616/15 engine from a 1963 356 C. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms that the transmission is original.

This very attractive Pre-A Speedster makes it easy to appreciate why Porsche Speedsters were one of the most popular sports cars of the fifties. Indicating 18,828 kilometres, it currently carries German historic road registration CW 0773. It is supplied with a copy of its factory Kardex and a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche Switzerland, as well as restoration and service receipts.





• Una delle sole 1.233 Pre-A Speedster prodotte
• Aggiornata con il motore successivo 1600 di una 356 C
• Ancora con il suo cambio originale
• Restauro completo
• Include la copia del Kardex e il certificato di autenticità

Siamo lieti di offrire in vendita la 356 Speedster numero 75 prodotta di quella che è conosciuta come la serie "Pre-A", restaurata e presentata all’asta in un elegante schema cromatico di colore nero su interni rosso con moquette rossa ed i corretti volante, pomello del cambio e pomelli sul cruscotto, in plastica colore avorio. La vettura con numero di telaio 80075 è stata consegnata dalla fabbrica di Zuffenhausen l'8 Novembre 1954 pronta per la spedizione al distributore americano Porsche a New York, Max Hoffman.

Prima della consegna, questa vettura sarebbe poi stata preparata con le specifiche americane, inclusa l'installazione dei fari “sealed beam” e degli strumenti con scala non metrica. La Kardex della fabbrica rivela che questo esemplare è stato originariamente dipinto in Glasso Blau, uno dei soli 3 colori Glasurit Glas smaltati disponibili, nel 1954, alla Reutter per le Speedster e l'interno era rivestito nell’opzionale Kunstleder Acella, una finta pelle intrecciata che sarebbe stata disponibile sulle 356 fino ai primi anni 1960.

Nel 2001 questa Speedster è stata reimportata in Europa da un appassionato che l’avrebbe tenuta per i successivi cinque anni. Nel 2006 è stata acquistata da un collezionista Porsche che ne ha commissionato il restauro completo nei suoi bei colori attuali. La scintillante vernice nera con la capote ed il copri capote di colore nero sono compensate dalle ruote in acciaio della misura 4J X da 16 pollici correttamente verniciate completate dagli affascinanti pneumatici a spalla bianca. Gli strumenti sono stati, nel frattempo, convertiti con quelli con le misure in unità metriche. La ruota di scorta, cromata, completa di un pneumatico a spalla nera, è alloggiata sotto il cofano anteriore. Inoltre, il motore è stato completamente ricostruito nel 2009; si deve notare che il motore 1500 originale, è stato sostituito con un successivo motore 1600 da 75 CV, tipo 616/15, preso da una 356 C del 1963. Il Certificato di Autenticità Porsche conferma che la trasmissione è originale.

Questa preziosa Pre-A Speedster rende facile capire perché le Porsche Speedsters fossero una delle auto sportive più popolari degli anni Cinquanta. Il contachilometri indica 18.828 ed attualmente la macchina ha la targa storica tedesca CW 0773. Viene venduta accomagnata da una copia della sua Kardex di produzione e del certificato di autenticità rilasciato da Porsche Svizzera, nonché dalle ricevute dei pagamenti dei tagliandi di manutenzione e del restauro.

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