The Ride:

Porsche

356 

Speedster

 

 

 

 

Porsche's long history of iconic cars makes it difficult to choose which is the best. There are few classic cars in the Porsche line that will surpass the elegance of the 356 Speedster. The curves, the steering wheel, the lights and everything in between makes this car the definition of cool.

The car was built of a unibody construction, making restoration difficult for cars that were kept in rust-prone climates. One of the most desirable collector models in the 356 "Speedster" line, was introduced in late 1954 after the company lowered cost, somewhat spartan open-top version would sell well in the American market. With its low, raked windscreen (which could be removed for weekend racing), bucket seats and minimal folding top, the Speedster was an instant hit, especially in Southern California.

The engine was rear-mounted, with an air-cooled engine case that was originally designed for the Volkswagen Beetle. They used new cylinder heads, camshaft, crankshaft, intake and exhaust manifolds along with a dual carburetors to more than double the VW's horsepower.

 

The 356 has always been popular model among enthusiasts and the press. Today it is a highly desired collector car that can be found at a relatively affordable price for vintage cars at just under $100 thousand. So if you love this car like we do, go find yourself a 356, put your top down and take in the fun with this classic.

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