- Chassis: 83609
- 1999-2001 Cosmetic & Mechanical Refurbishment
- 7k Miles Shown (~4k miles), TMU
- Rebuilt 1,720cc Type 616/7 Flat-Four
- Type 741 Four-Speed Manual Transaxle
- Limited-Slip Differential
- Repainted in Black
- Matching Fiberglass Hardtop
- Folding Soft Top
- Red Leather Upholstery
- Marchal Fog Lights
- Roll Bar
- Twin Solex Carburetors
- Koni Dampers
- Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
- 15" Fuchs Wheels
- Four 15" 944 "Spare" Wheels Included
- Car Cover
- Front Body Cover
- Service Records
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This 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster was purchased by the spouse of the current owner out of California in 1999, and it was subsequently refurbished and modified by Roland Automotive of Chesterfield, Michigan. The exterior was refinished in black, the interior was reupholstered in red leather, and the drivetrain was overhauled with the installation of a 1,720cc Type 616/7 Super 90 flat-four, a Type 741 four-speed manual transaxle, and a Guard GT limited-slip differential. Additional modifications include a roll bar, a front mounted oil cooler, 911S-specification disc brakes, Koni dampers, a camber regulator, 15″ Fuchs wheels, and low-back seats with G-Force harnesses. This modified Speedster is now offered with a fiberglass hardtop, four spare 15″ wheels, service records, a removable front body cover, a tonneau cover, a car cover, and a clean Michigan title in the owner’s name.
The Reutter-built Speedster body was disassembled and was prepped with DuPont Corlar epoxy primer before it was repainted in its current Glasurit Black urethane topped with clear coat. Details include body-color bumpers, Marchal fog lights, anodized and polished brightwork, and a black soft top sourced from Autos International that is shown in its raised position in the photo gallery. A Glasspar fiberglass hardtop, a tonneau cover, and AI-sourced side curtains are included in the sale.
Polished Fuchs wheels with black pockets measure 15×6″ and wear Yokohama tires. A steel wheel with a Goodyear spare tire is stored up front along with tools and a jack. Braking is by 1967 Porsche 911S-sourced vented and cross-drilled rotors up front and 356C-specification discs at the rear, and the system utilizes a 1968 911S dual-circuit master cylinder. The suspension features a 19mm front sway bar, a 356 Enterprises camber regulator, reinforced link pin carriers and front trailing arms, and Koni dampers at all four corners.
The cabin houses fixed-back bucket seats upholstered in red leather with a matching dash pad, door trim, and square-weave carpets, the latter of which are protected with rubber floor mats. Additional equipment includes a GTWerk-sourced removable roll bar, G-Force safety harnesses, and a Porsche 356C-specification shifter.
Rebuilt Green-letter VDO instrumentation is fronted by a refinished steering wheel and consists of a central 7k-rpm tachometer, a 200-km/h speedometer, and a combination gauge sourced from North Hollywood Speedometer. The five-digit odometer shows 7k kilometers (~4k miles), and true mileage is unknown.
The flat-four was sourced from a 356B 1600 Super model and was rebuilt using a 1,720cc big bore kit by 356 Enterprises of North Branch, Michigan. Additional modifications include a Norris high-performance camshaft, a Perma-Tune CD ignition box, ported cylinder heads, and an external oil cooler and lines along with a spin-on full-flow filter. The twin Solex carburetors were also re-jetted at the time of the build according to the seller.
Stamping ☆800355☆ indicates that the crankcase was originally built for a 356B 1600 Super 90 model. The Type 616/7 stamping is shown in the gallery along with casting sequence 38397. The number 161 is stamped on both case halves and the third piece.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual transaxle equipped with a lightweight flywheel and a Guard limited-slip differential installed by 356 Enterprises. The underside was treated with an application of spray-on bedliner according to the seller, and additional photos of the exhaust components and other underbody details can be viewed in the gallery below.
The car is shown above with the included hardtop and polished 15″ “spare” wheels sourced from later 944 Turbo models installed on the car. A car cover, a vehicle bra, and service records as well as a toolkit, spare paint, and reference manuals are also included.