Three Porsche 356A Speedsters were sold in the last week with three different results. One numbers-matching 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster sold on the money at $313,500 at the Gooding & Company Geared Online Scottsdale Auction. A 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster was also offered at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction with a no sale as the pre-estimate of $475,000-$550,000, and suspected close to reserve price was not met. The third Speedster is currently being offered on Bring-a-Trailer and is at $236,000 with four hours left in today’s closing auction (January 28, 2021).
According to Sports Car Market median pricing results, a Porsche 356A Speedster should achieve $315,500 at market. The Gooding sale was right on the mark for a numbers-matching quality car. The no-sale Speedster that was a no-sale was looking for all the money with a $150,000 based on such a high quality restoration. The buyer was just not out there at this time. The Bring-a-Trailer example is a very good-looking example but is not numbers matching, and in fact has a 912 engine. The auction is currently at $236,000 but it is doubtful the model will reach the $315,500 median price for a Porsche 356A Speedster.
Here is an overview of each offering.
1957 Porsche 356A Speedster Sold at Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2021 Auction
$313,500 Sold at the Geared Online Scottsdale Auction
Signal Red over black upholstery
Hoffman Motors in New York originally imported this 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster. Thomas Drummond of Costa Mesa, California, a well-known dealer specializing in Porsche 356’s and early 911’s, oversaw the complete restoration of the car in 2018. The 356A Speedster is a numbers matching example in its original colors for the exterior and interior.
Signal Red Original Color
Black vinyl interior with red piping
Numbers matching engine and transaxle
Evaluation: This Speedster is an excellent example of a numbers matching all original Porsche 356A Speedster. It sold in January 2021 for $313,500, a correct, spot-on price for a Speedster of this quality.
1957 Porsche 356A Speedster for Sale on Bring-a-Trailer
$236,000 with five hours left in the auction
Silver Metallic over red upholstery
This 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster originally was delivered through Hoffman Motors in New York and sold by Competition Motors of Hollywood, California. The car was used in competition until 1967 when it was returned to street use. The car was refurbished in the mid-2000’s including rotisserie body work, a repaint in silver metallic and the installation of a replacement 1.6-liter flat four. An interior refresh occurred in 2019.
Silver Metallic (original color was Elfenbein white)
912 Flat-four engine
Black soft top
Nardi steering wheel
15” steel wheels
Dual Solex Carburetors
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
Evaluation: An attractive looking 356A Speedster in silver over red. The car is viewed as having correct components, but lacks the original engine, transaxle, seats and steering wheel. The price will probably fall short of the median price for Speedsters of $315,500 due to the non-original engine, transaxle and other original items on the car.
According to commentator @Jon_B the car was a 1600 “Normal” when new. The Super emblem was added later in its life. Apparently the correct 57 Super emblem would be “1600 Super.”
1958 Porsche 356A Speedster Offered by Bonhams at the Scottsdale 2021 Auction
No Sale at Scottsdale 2021 with an estimate of $475,000-$550,000
Ruby Red over Tan leatherette interior
The origin of the first owner is unknown for this 356A Speedster but is recorded to have been owned by a Wichita, Kansas resident in the mid-2000’s. The current owner in Dallas, Texas purchased the car in 2015 and conducted a comprehensive nut and bolt restoration, returning the car to its original state. It is reported the restoration was conducted to a 100-point quality.
Ruby Red –Original color
Tan Leatherette Interior
2019 complete restoration
Period correct and date coded Rudge wheels and hubs
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
Includes original build sheet, COA, records, jack and tool kit
Evaluation: This is a concours quality 356 with a premium price being estimated at $150,000 plus over the median price for such a model. The market is slim for a buyer looking for the “perfect” concours quality Speedster and willing to pay for it. A buyer will appear for this quality Speedster, but it just may be a while.
Auction Descriptions: Three Porsche 356A Speedsters Available at Auction
Bring-a-Trailer 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1957-porsche-356a-speedster-1600-17/
Gooding & Company 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster:
Bonhams 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster:
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