Chassis Number: 4155
Engine: Original matching numbers V-12 engine and driveline
Chassis Number: B-0216
Color: Mela Verde (apple green)
Chassis and engine number: 4735 GT
Color : Pino verde over beige
Chassis number : 875232
Engine R 1357-9
Chassis number: 32300558D
Engine: 2,286cc, 62 bhp diesel engine option
Year of manufacture: 1975
Series number: 90422383A/78
Chassis number: 091260
Engine number: 093816
Chassis Number: 100 108 008524
Color: Blue and Ivory
Chassis Number: 6086164
Chassis number: B 236 CN
Engine number: BCN 118
Chassis Number: 80058
Color: Dark grey over a tobacco interior
Even if Ferdinand Porsche created his car brand in the 30’s, we had to wait 19 years to finally discover his first car and it was worth the wait. In the 50’s, Porsche introduced the 356 model, and soon became one of the best sport car of all time. The model was built from 1948 to 1965.
Initially produced as a coupé and a cabriolet, it was in 1954 that the Speedster appeared. Max Hoffmann, US Porsche importer, suggested to Porsche that a lighter, faster and less expensive car (compared to the UK competitors) would do very well in the US. The Speedster featured a more aggressive windshield, racing style bucket seats and a light folding convertible top. The car was stripped down to a more sportive body style. This version became an instant classic, very successful in the American market, especially in California. Even Hoffman could not have foreseen the huge demand.
This model is one of the first built, to be specific, the 58th according to its chassis number. The car was delivered new to Max Hoffman’s dealership in New-York on the 4th of November 1954. Originally, the car was painted in signal red with a black leather interior. The car stayed in the US until 2011. After that, the car was repatriated to Europe to its new owner.
Now, the car is painted in a stylish dark grey with a tobacco color interior. The car was renovated in the 90’s with the installation of new front and rear bumpers and a sport camshaft. The original 1500 cm3 engine has been replaced to a better one: a 1600 cm3 type 616/1 T5 motor from a 1961 356 B, which allow the car to improved driving performances.
This car is, with no doubt, the Porsche emblematic model, and this is why it is one of the most popular car amongst collectors.
James Dean passion’s was cars and automobile race. He went at a lot of competitions. His every day car was the white Porsche Speedster of 1955.