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1958 Porsche 356A Speedster

Price
£POA
Please note this car is now sold.

build date: 21st November 1957
chassis number: 84145
original colour: Metallic Silver (originally Ruby Red)

  • sought after 1958 Type 2 specification
  • restored and personally owned by John Willhoit
  • engine and gearbox upgraded with period parts
  • southern California car with all original body panels
  • perfect condition

Porsche Speedsters are special cars. Porsche 356s restored by John Willhoit are regarded as being among the best in the world. This 356 Speedster was restored by John for his own personal use and must rank as one of the finest for sale anywhere today.

The 356 Speedster was originally introduced by Porsche in 1954 after encouragement from Max Hoffman, their US importer, to produce a cheaper, simpler model. The resulting car was lighter and more dynamic to drive and is now regarded by many as a 20th Century design classic.

The final year of production was in 1958 and these “Type 2” Speedsters are highly sought after. They benefitted from a number of improvements to the gearbox, clutch and steering which made them easier and more pleasant to drive.

This car is a 1958 model year Type 2 Speedster built in November 1957. It was sold new at Competition Motors in Hollywood, California. The identity of the first owner is not known but the second owner John Delong, of Santa Monica, California, kept the car for 22 years before selling it to John Willhoit in 1987. Willhoit is one of the world’s leading restorers of early Porsches and the car was in such good condition that he decided to restore it for himself.

The body was taken back to bare metal and then hand-finished in the period factory fashion before painting in period correct silver rather than the car’s original ruby red. The interior was retrimmed in deep red leather. The Speedster had lost its original engine and gearbox early in its life so Willhoit sourced correct 1958 replacements and proceeded to upgrade them with many rare period correct parts, including big valve cylinder heads, larger Zenith 36NDIX carburettors, Elgin 280 camshaft, close ratio CBAA gearset, 60mm Carrera front brakes, polished Carrera axles and Abarth peashooter exhaust. Willhoit estimates the car to have 95hp and having driven it we’d say this is conservative. He also added Carello driving lights, an RSK “Golden Lady” steering wheel and aluminium GT seats.

Willhoit showed the car at a number of Porsche events in California before selling it in 1996 to one of his customers. It was driven very little and had less than 1,500 miles on it since the restoration when it was sold in 2002 to Graham Pattle in Essex, UK. The car was sold to the current owner in 2016.

The standard of Mr Willhoit’s work and attention to detail is exceptional. We would change nothing on this car. It has been maintained in fabulous condition since it came to the UK and is now showing just 3,700 miles.
The standard of Mr Willhoit’s work and attention to detail is exceptional. We would change nothing on this car. It has been maintained in fabulous condition since it came to the UK and is now showing just 3,700 miles.
Our thoughts

Speedsters are rightly on the bucket list for every Porsche enthusiast. They are one of the most iconic of all car designs and an important milestone for the Porsche marque.

When looking at Speedsters, we focus on the quality of the metal and paintwork, the success of the final finish and detailed elements, as well as the mechanical integrity and the quality of the drive. Originality is important but this is not as simple as matching numbers. It is more a matter of how much of the original car remains and how well it has been preserved in the restoration process. It is far harder to find a car with an all original body than one where a single piece of the engine has the correct number stamped on it.  

The standard of Mr Willhoit’s work and attention to detail is exceptional. We would change nothing on this car. It has been maintained in fabulous condition since it came to the UK and is now showing just 3,700 miles. Unsurprisingly, it drives wonderfully with just the right amount of power to put a smile on your face.  It is arguably the perfect car for a twisty B-road on a sunny afternoon.

As Speedsters go, we believe that you need look no further.

Please note this car is now sold.
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