Porsche

1957 Porsche 356 Speedster

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What other car can this be but a Porsche? Every classic car enthusiast recognizes the origins of the Porsche brand and this car speaks volumes.The 356 actually began production in Gmünd, Austria where 50 cars were built. The factory was then relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany, where production continued until it ceased in April, 1965.

The cars produced in Gmünd were made from handcrafted aluminum. Once production moved to Germany, steel was used. The early aluminum-bodied cars are commonly referred to as "prototypes."

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An interesting snippet in the history of Porsche is who manufactured the steel bodies. Porsche contracted with Reutter to build the bodies, eventually buying the company in 1963. Reutter kept making seats for Porsche, changing their name to Recaro.

What  some enthusiasts may not know is that Porsche kept the 356 in production for two years after its replacement, the 911, was introduced in 1963. Since the 356 proved to be such a resounding success among both sports car and racing enthusiasts, we can only guess it was probably difficult for Porsche to bring a great thing to an end. But they did and a classic collectable was born.

A Classic is Born Ferry Porsche knew what made the 356 special and treasured by Porsche fans. He spoke about it in the September, 1972, issue of Panorama, the PCA magazine.

“….I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW and others. ….By the end of the war I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car it is nicer to drive than if you have a big car which is also overpowered. And it is more fun. On this basic idea we started the first Porsche prototype. To make the car lighter, to have an engine with more horsepower…that was the first two seater that we built in Carinthia (Gmünd)”.

Porsche 356 Production History There are three distinct model lines during production of the 356, known simply as the 356 A, 356 B and 356 C.

The 356 A began life in 1955, with the internal designation of "Type 1." A second version of the 356 A was introduced in early 1957 and was known as the "Type 2." The "Carrera" or four-cam engine became an option with the 356 A following its sole use in the spyder race cars.

Porsche 356 A OverviewProduction 1955–1959Engine

  • 1.3 L Type 506 B4 (1300)
  • 1.3 L Type 506/2 B4 (1300 S)
  • 1.5 L Type 547/1 B4 (Carrera 1500 GS/GT, 1955–1957)
  • 1.5 L Type 692/0 B4 (Carrera 1500 GT, 1958)
  • 1.5 L Type 692/1 B4 (Carrera 1500 GT, 1958)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/1 B4 (1600)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/2 B4 (1600 S)
  • 1.6 L Type 692/2 B4 (Carrera 1600 GS)

Transmission: Four-speed manual

Late 1959 saw the birth of the 356 B with notable styling changes and is known as the T5. In mid-1962 the 356 B became the T6 and is known for its twin grills on the engine lid, an external fuel cap on the right front fender and larger rear window.

Porsche 356 B OverviewProduction 1960–1963Engine

  • 1.6 L Type 616/1 B4 (1600)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/2 B4 (1600 S, 1960–1962)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/7 B4 (1600 Super 90)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/12 B4 (1600 S, 1962–1963)
  • 1.6 L Type 692/3 B4 (1600 Carrera GS GT, 1960)
  • 1.6 L Type 692/3A B4 (1600 Carrera GS GT, 1961)
  • 2.0 L Type 587/1 B4 (Carrera 2 GS)

Transmission: Four-speed manual

The 356 C was introduced in 1964 with the largest performance improvement being disc brakes at all four wheels. Porsche also offered a more powerful 95 hp SC engine. Even though the 911 was on sale, the 356 C was still in demand and sold in North America until 1965. Interestingly enough, the last ten 356s were produced for the Dutch police force in 1966 as 1965 models.

Porsche 356 C OverviewProduction 1964–1965Engine

  • 1.6 L Type 616/15 B4 (1600 C)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/16 B4 (1600 SC)
  • 1.6 L Type 616/26 B4 (1600 SC, police car)
  • 2.0 L Type 587/1 B4 (Carrera 2)
  • 2.0 L Type 587/2 B4 (Carrera 2)

Transmission: Four-speed manual

If you are a Porsche enthusiast and in the Minneapolis area, take advantage of what Vinty has to offer by checking out the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster tribute car pictured above. Spring is here, isn't it?

Unrestored 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster secures high auction price

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The romance of the barn find tugs at the hearts of every car enthusiast. If we only had an uncle who drove a classic Bugatti or Maserati on the weekends, only to park it 40 years ago and never touch it again. Then, upon his death, your name appears in his will, bestowing the priceless classic in your name. Again, if only...A very personal relationship Well, this is a similar story. This 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was purchased by John Casper in 1957 and driven about 1,700 miles a year until 1975.

The invoice shows a purchase date of May 31, 1957, from Shakespeare Motors in Hoopeston, Illinois. And in case you’re wondering, John was the first and only owner of this Porsche.

John enjoyed his Porsche and was regularly seen driving the car. Although never driven on a track or raced, the car is adorned with Road American stickers as John attended numerous Porsche Club of America events.

Parked but not forgotten Unfortunately, after driving and enjoying the car for 18 years, John was unable to drive it anymore and it was put into storage.

John was a true Porsche enthusiast. He cared for the car as evidenced by the availability of the original service booklet and service stickers on the door jamb. In addition, John only drove the Porsche during the summer months, away from the wet Chicago winter’s and helped keep it rust free.

John passed away about five years ago. A lifelong family friend acquired the Porsche from the estate in 2016. The new owner, when reviewing the car’s documentation, found the original title which everyone had feared was lost.

Rarity is increasingly hard to find The incredible condition of this car and its rarity is becoming increasingly difficult to find. This “barn find” Porsche 356A sold at Auction America’s Hilton Head event for $665,500, well over the expected selling price. The new owner is fortunate. As enthusiasts, we can only hope the car is restored to its original condition.

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Auctions America

Halloween Treats from Vinty!

Halloween season is here! While Vinty does not sell candies, we believe that driving one of our classic cars for a day is as exciting and memorable as these kids trick or treating!We have several updates for you this month. Here we go:

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New locations, new cars! You probably noticed, but we opened two new locations last month. We are now able to offer you a great driving sensation in Rhode Island and Minnesota. Some of our team’s favorites include: 1987 Porsche 911 Carrera. As a personal fan (and previous owner) of the 3.2 Carrera, this is a fantastic addition to the fleet. This beautiful Porsche is available in Minneapolis.

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1981 DeLorean DMC-12. Yes! Marty McFly’s car is available in Rhode Island for your photo shoot or event. The gull-wing doors and fiberglass body structure will make an impression; we guarantee it!

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We have also added some beautiful Rolls Royces for your (or your friends’) special day in Las Vegas and San Diego: 1950 Rolls Royce Bentley, available in San Diego and Los Angeles.

1956 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce, available in Las Vegas.

Vinty at Pomona Swap Meet this Sunday. The West Coast’s Largest Swap Meet and Classic Car Show, Pomona Swap Meet, is happening this Sunday. Our team will be on site with a booth to present our marketplace to the public. If you plan to come to the show, please pay us a visit! We would love to meet you! Haven’t heard of this event? Petrolicious did an excellent recap last August in this article.

What’s next? We are still working hard to expand our inventory and open new areas to help people get behind the wheel of their dream car.

See you on the road!

Pierre for the Vinty Team. CEO & Co-Founder Find and rent the perfect classic or vintage car on Vinty https://drivevinty.com/

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Pretty much everything is going well: the insurance partner is almost selected, the work on the platform is starting next week and we are up on social medias (see Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts).

Over the past two months, we have been working on this new venture with great enthusiasm and many of the people we have talked to are excited about the project! we have been attending swap meets and other classic car lover events asking owners for advice (check this album at Ponoma last weekend). We are going to do great things!

We will keep you updated on my progress over the next few weeks, if you have any feedback, a question, or something you want to address in the next newsletter, send us an email! We look forward to hearing from you.

PS: We are heading to the Grand Classic Car Show this weekend in Rancho Santa Fe. If you are planning to attend, let us know, we would love to meet you! This is a free event organized by the Classic Car Club of America; we will be able to admire cars like this one:

See you on the road.

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