Porsche 356 pre-A Speedster 1955, Matching Numbers, Highly Original Great history (File), Long-term ownership (1955)




It must be a special day for the new owner, who picks up this 1955-produced 356 pre-A Speedster from Catron Motors in Pomona, California in 1956. Is the 356 new? Well, yes, almost, the mileage counter shows that the car has driven 180 miles. No Speedster owner has seen his car so quickly, of course, the first owner gambled away on the car while the first tank of fuel was not yet empty and so this 356 goes to the ‘second’ owner in the summer of 1956.
That owner, Jay Greer, has had the car for no less than 16 years. Initially, the still white 356 Speedster is not exactly what he wants, but delivery times for a black Speedster are so long that he decides to go for the creamy white (code 603) Porsche. It is 1958 when he decides to transform the car into his big dream: a black Speedster. The car comes apart down to the last screw, including wiring, suspension and everything you can imagine. Two years of cleaning, polishing, painting and putting everything back together with the greatest precision. Once assembled it is one of the most beautiful Speedsters and Greer has won numerous awards at events and shows. Or, as Greer himself puts it in his four-page letter to the next owner: “It has brought home a lot of silver!” The owner doesn’t drive it much anymore, most miles were made with it during the first years: “Most of the mileage was put on it in those early days of wine, woman and ralleys.”
After about 16 years it is time for a new chapter in the book ‘The most original 356 in the world’. The car will be sold to Lindsey Hopkins, driver, racing stable owner and one of the largest shareholders of Coca-Cola. Hopkins is active in the IndyCar series and wins quite a few in those years. Apparently he also likes sporty driving outside the weekends, since he has been on the road with the Speedster for four years.
After four years, it is now 1976, the 356 goes to the next owner, who has owned the car for no less than forty years. That owner enjoys the car immensely and appreciates the originality of the car like no other. No restoration work but a matter of maintenance. And so the owner unconsciously sees this 356 grow into one of the most original Speedsters that still exists today.
In 2016, the Porsche will end up with its most recent, Dutch owner. The car enthusiast prefers originality over shiny paint and so the 356 has once again turned out perfectly. The original Matching Numbers engine is next to the car at that time because a fast 1,720 cc engine is mounted in the Speedster. This Dutch owner brings the original engine, which has always remained with the car, to Porsche specialist Kraan in Aalsmeer, where he has the engine completely overhauled. A uniquely preserved 356 that is technically in fantastic condition: it doesn’t get any better. This whole story is supported by documentation, the original instruction booklet and many interesting things, including the extensive letter from the ‘first’ owner.
Not only does this 356 Speedster have a fantastic story, it is also in a unique condition. If you are looking for a shiny, perfectly restored car, then please look further. If you want to restore it, that is also the case. If you, like the previous owners and we ourselves, can endlessly enjoy the purity of this Speedster, we would like to welcome you to Brummen to admire this car.

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  • Mileage: 84,312
  • Year: 1955
  • Doors: 2
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Black

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