1954 Porsche 356/1500 Speedster

1954 Porsche 356/1500 Speedster

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.

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In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atStuttgart, Germany
body stylistErwin Komenda
price $$ 2,995
engineType 546 Air Cooled Flat-4
positionRear, Longituinal
valvetrainPushrod OHV
fuel feedDual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Tub Chassus
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSteel Discs
front tires5.00-16
rear tires5.00-16
steeringVW Worm & Nut
f suspensionVW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
r suspensionVW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight794 kg / 1750 lbs
wheelbase2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track1290 mm / 50.8 in
rear track1250 mm / 49.2 in
length3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmissionVW 4-Speed Manual
top speed~160 kph / 99.4 mph
0 – 60 mph~13.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~19.2 seconds