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This exceedingly cool 1957 Speedster replica definitely turns heads! When you drive it others assume it's a real Speedster since everyone knows replicas are either shiny or have big flared fenders. LOL. The patina paint was achieved with an iron oxide paste which was applied to the body. Chemically this substance actually is rust, but of course fiberglass doesn't rust. The frame and floor pan are in excellent rust free condition. In addition to the fake rust the look is further enhanced by several original Porsche 356 parts. This includes an original 356-clock, original luggage rack, original rear bumperettes, vintage Bilstein jack and original torsion bar adjustment covers. It has replica 356 gauges as well as period dual stop watches, fog lamps, genuine vintage German license tag, replica Porsche Nardi style steering wheel, a hand pumped fire extinguisher and a few other bits. Additional nostalgia is provided via a remote starter push button and dual tone air horns.
The interior has an aged but not ratty appearance. The upholstery on one seat is torn, but otherwise it is in generally good used condition. The convertible top assembly and side curtains are included. They are in good serviceable condition.
Mechanically the car receives the benefit of four-wheel disc brakes courtesy of an EMPI kit. The engine is supposed to be a dual port super beetle engine but this has not been confirmed. Previous owner states he changed the clutch and ignition components within a few hundred miles of sale.
It was built from a Classic Motor Carriages kit, but I'm not sure when it was assembled. It is very fun to drive and it's low stance, grippy tires and four-wheel disc brakes make it a nice backroad performer. Not sure of the ratios in the transmission, but it is comfortable at highway speeds. The Speedster is an absolute hoot. It is enjoyable and does not take itself too seriously. The build quality is good and the overall effect is fantastic, but do not mistake this for an expensive ultra high-end build.
If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind toy you should seriously consider this speedster replica
As of 8/5/21 we have this Speedster entered in an the online auction with Porsche specialists P Car Market. Feel free to bid often at the link below: