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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.

Specs & Performance

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at Stuttgart, Germany
body stylist Erwin Komenda
price $ $ 2,995
engine Type 546 Air Cooled Flat-4
position Rear, Longituinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV
fuel feed Dual Solex 26 VFJ Downdraft
compression 7.00:1
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Tub Chassus
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs
front tires 5.00-16
rear tires 5.00-16
steering VW Worm & Nut
f suspension VW Parallel Trailing Arms, Tubular Dampers
r suspension VW Leading Arms w/Torsion Bars, Hydraulic Lever-Arm Shock Absorbers
curb weight 794 kg / 1750 lbs
wheelbase 2101 mm / 82.7 in
front track 1290 mm / 50.8 in
rear track 1250 mm / 49.2 in
length 3950 mm / 155.5 in
transmission VW 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~160 kph / 99.4 mph
0 – 60 mph ~13.9 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~19.2 seconds