Porsche’s classic 356 was the automaker’s first production car and came in four different versions, from the “pre-A” to the A, B and the C, the latter representing the last revision the company rolled out.
This, however, is not a mid to late-50s 356A Speedster; in fact, it’s a replica, albeit a very good one, built on a shortened and reinforced 1964 Beetle chassis supporting a vintage Speedster’s body.
Powering the car is a 1.9-liter flat-four mated to a 4-speed manual transmission that’s putting out 153 horsepower, according to the Bring a Trailer ad. If true, that means it packs more power than the original car.
Other features include custom front brakes, Nardo Gray exterior, red leather interior, vintage Heuer stopwatches, a Budnik steering wheel, custom door panels with wood pockets, handmade pedals, a black Mamba shifter, Porsche 550-style handbrake and a handmade gas tank resembling a suitcase for the “frunk”.
An Alpine CD player with Bluetooth is also installed as a hidden feature, working alongside a McIntosh amplifier and a JL Audio subwoofer.
The ad states that building this car cost $100,000 and took 3,000 hours of labor. Officially, it’s titled as a 1964 VW, and has just 1,400 miles on the clock (2,300 km). So, would you pay a six-figure sum for that nicely made, but nevertheless replica, Speedster or would you rather have a true Porsche instead?