As a response by North American importer Max Hoffmann, Porsche built the 356 Speedster as a cheaper and more sporting alternative to the Coupe and Cabriolet. As a result, Porsche removed all the luxuries from the car in an attempt to offer the car cheaper than $3000 USD.
In 1954, Porsche production shifted from the Reutter facilities back to their new building called Werk II. There they had the room to produce Hoffmann’s Speedster. After producing a single prototype from a cabriolet body, Porsche finalized the Speedster specification with no radio, an integrated dash, bucket seats, a curved glass windscreen and a simple folding top.
Specs & Performance
Series Production Car
Type 546 Air Cooled Flat-4
Dual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
body / frame
Steel Body over Steel Tub Chassus
VW Worm & Nut
VW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
VW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers