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The Speedster was a true icon of the
heyday of sports car racing in the 1950's.
They dominated their class in the upstart
years of the SCCA (Sports Car Club of
Were often regarded as 'giant killers' for
defeating cars with much larger engines.
The Porsche 356 was the company's first
Over the years, Porsche has assembled some of the most coveted sports cars in the world. Built
on the founding family's name, Porsche is now a multibillion-dollar corporation creating
high-performance luxury cars known for their speed and style.
The history of the 356 Porsche was one that was driven by many influences, including racing and
a drive for commercial success. In 1954, the first new sales-driven model was the Speedster,
which had come about through the request of the legendary U.S. importer, Max Hoffman.
He requested special models be produced for the US marketplace to accommodate the special
needs and demands of this market. The Speedster was designed to meet a specific price point,
was equipped with minimal equipment and no accoutrements. It set the buyer back just $2,995;
for that the new owner got small seats, a tiny top, and small side curtain windows.
This also provided a low amount of weight and took advantage of the Porsche's engine. The cars
had great road handling, braking, and acceleration. They had many accomplishments on the
racing circuit, providing podium finishes for their drivers and bringing much glory to the Porsche
Dedicated to the 356 Enthusiast