No. 11 – 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster Comes On The Market

By BRING A TRAILER / Posted on December 6, 2017

This 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster is an early US-spec model that was completed on January 19, 1956 and is finished in white over red leather upholstery. Equipped with sealed-beam headlights, this example was the 11th ‘A’ Speedster built and was distributed through Max Hoffman in New York. Now showing 37,104 miles, the car benefits from a prior comprehensive restoration and was recently cared for as part of the Reggie Jackson collection. Power comes from a numbers-matching 1600cc flat-four paired to a correct-type 4-speed manual gearbox, and a mechanical inspection/service was completed prior to this auction, along with a 40-hour detailing, and steam cleaning of the engine and undercarriage. This Speedster is now being offered by a dealer with a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, Kardex, a factory tool kit, owner’s manual, jack, spare, weather equipment, and a clean Texas title.

This Speedster received a factory-correct repaint in white years ago during the restoration. The seller states that the body is straight throughout, with consistent panel gaps all around. Braking is handled by drums at each corner, and 4½ x 15” chrome wheels wear moon caps.

As highlighted in the photo gallery, the front trunk contains a factory jack and matching spare assembly held in place by a correct cloth tire strap. The ’11’ stamped on the bonnet hinge matches the last two digits of the chassis number. A black cloth top and side curtains with a stowage bag will accompany the sale, along with a full-cab tonneau/boot cover for open air motoring, plus a complete and correct tool kit.

The red upholstery and black carpeting were redone during the restoration, and they appear to be holding up well in the provided pictures.

The cabin is stock to the seller’s knowledge, with all trim reportedly accounted for. All instrumentation and lighting is in good working order. The odometer currently displays 37,104 miles and is believed to be correct.

Power is provided by a numbers-matching 1600cc flat-four, which is equipped with Weber carburetors and mated to a correct but non-original 4-speed transmission. A recent mechanical inspection and tune-up was completed by the seller. Compression readings are detailed in the photo gallery.

Engine #60669 is correct for this chassis according to the CoA below and the Kardex, which is shown in the photo gallery. The seller has also provided pictures of additional factory stampings throughout the car and drivetrain.