This rare 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster has been sitting in a garage untouched for nearly 40 years.
Car collectors love the thrill of a good “barn find," which is a vehicle stowed away for decades in hopes that it might accrue value over time. In the case of this rare Porsche — an iconic 356 Speedster — it wears that “barn find” badge with honour, remaining untouched in a garage for four decades. Now it’s heading to the auction block with a hefty price tag.
An upcoming centerpiece at the Auctions America event at Hilton Head in South Carolina, this rare 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was uncovered 40 years after it was put into storage. It retains all of its original components, from the wheels, to the headlights… to the dust.
It was found an hour outside of Chicago, and wears a stunning Aquamarine Blue Metallic paint job. The interior comes finished in the original Beige Leatherette that came from the factory, as does the roof. Construction of the car was finished on March 5th, 1957, in Germany, and features U.S.-spec bumpers, sealed beam headlights, coupe seats, and the original 1.6-litre engine. It was one of just 1,171 cars produced up until that time.
Soon after it was completed and delivered to the U.S., it was purchased by a man named John Casper in June of 1957. It remained in his ownership for 59 years, and was a regular fixture at the various Porsche Club of America events in the area — though, it never did take to the track.
In 1975, the owner parked it in a garage on his property, that’s where it sat for over 40 years until the owner’s death in 2012. It was then passed on to a close friend, who officially took ownership of the car earlier this summer, and removed it from storage just last month.
“This time warp Porsche 356 is a true gem,” says Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America. “As more Porsche Speedsters are found and restored, it is becoming nearly impossible to find such an original car, let alone one that comes from almost six decades in single-ownership. With collectors still drawn to highly original, unmolested cars, we expect it will attract plenty of interest when it crosses the podium in November.”
The car will take the stage in November, with an estimated price of $200,000 - $250,000 (approx. $260,000 - $330,000 CAD).
Source: Auctions America
Photos: Teddy Pieper / Auctions America