1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
JLG Autocrib Porsche Collection
Lot No. 225
To be offered on Friday, March 31, 2017
Body by Reutter
Offered Without Reserve
Estimate: $275,000 - $325,000
- 1,600-cc four-cylinder engine
- Manual transmission
- Celebrity ownership by Nicholas Cage
- Meticulously restored
- Tool kit and jack
Based on the early America roadsters bodied by Erich Heuer’s Gläser Karosserie, the Speedster took shape with Hoffman’s realization that a mid-market gap existed for a no-frills, race-ready convertible. Reutter smoothed over the America’s original bodywork to result in the famous high-waisted bathtub style, which eventually proved to be one of Porsche’s most celebrated designs of all time. The lightweight Speedster featured low, removable windshields, thin-shelled bucket seats, basic fabric tops and side curtains, and little else in the way of creature comforts.
Although the Speedster was launched in the United States in 1954, where it became an instant hit, it was not presented to a European audience until the summer of 1955. They were true multi-purpose sports cars whose owners could drive to the track, quickly unbolt the removable windshield if they preferred, tape over the headlamps, slap some numbers on the side and go racing. Soon, the small-displacement production sports car grids of the SCCA and California Sports Car Club were filled with Speedsters whose brilliant handling qualities made them consistent favorites. Although most examples were exported to America, they made their mark in Europe as well, consistently winning their classes at hill climbs and racing events at traditional circuits.
Unique to this 1955 Porsche Speedster is the ownership history. This car was a part of Hollywood actor/ car collector Nicholas Cage’s esteemed private car collection. Nicholas Cage has very defined tastes when it comes to motorcars and has always had a respected collection.
This beautifully and meticulously restored Porsche Speedster is presented with white paintwork, tan folding top; and speedster seats that are eloquently covered in tan upholstery. The outside is very well detailed and highlighted by a single fender-mounted mirror, polished factory wheels and a California black plate. Under the front bonnet is a full-size spare tire, a jack and a tool roll. Powering this German motorcar is a 1,600-cc four-cylinder engine that is producing an estimated 75 horsepower. The engine bay has been carefully detailed and features dual carburetors.
This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of celebrity history; and to own a very well-restored 1955 Porsche.