This 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster is being offered for Auction at the Motostalgia Brickyard Auction event that is running on June 12, 2015.
From the lot info for this 50s Porsche 356 Race Car for sale:
1955 Porsche 356 Speedster roadster
Designer: Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
Chassis Number: 81114
Engine: 1582 cc Opposed 4-cylinder
2 x Weber 40mm Carburetors /75 bhp (est.)
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Four Wheel Drum Brakes
Well Documented Veteran of Several Important Races
Authenticated Early Pre-A Speedster Body
First Time Offered For Over 40 Years.
Our consignor reports that “81114” was sold new in Monterey, California. In 1973, it was spotted at a gas station by Porsche enthusiast Bob Monnastes, who purchased the car from then owner Richard Lyons. Having been set up for racing, Monnastes installed an engine block from a circa 1964 356C. This block was polished and ported, fitted with a set of 912 pistons, a shaved flywheel and balanced crankshaft. Acquired by our consignor in 1975, he took it to the races where it became a veteran of both La Carrera II and II, plus the fist Silver State Rally in northern Nevada. Campaigned in the 1970’s and ‘80’s, this Speedster looks much today like it did when racing. Its history and background are supported through photos, receipts and other documents. Needing only a current safety inspections and a little TLC, 81114 could be your ticket into the wonderful world of vintage racing.
The Porsche 356 is a luxury sports car which was first produced by Austrian company Porsche Konstruktionen GesmbH (1948-1949), and then by German company Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH (1950-1965). It was Porsche’s first production automobile. Earlier cars designed by the Austrian company includes Cisitalia Grand Prix race car, and the Volkswagen Beetle as well as Auto Union Grand Prix cars were designed by the German company.
The 356 was a lightweight and nimble-handling rear-engine rear-wheel-drive 2-door sports car available in hardtop coupe and open configurations. Engineering innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria, where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950 the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut. Of the 76,000 originally produced, approximately half survive.
PRICE: Auction Estimate – $270,000 – $290,000
Check out the auction Lot information at motostalgia.com