1958→1959 Porsche 356A/1600 Super GT Speedster


1958→1959 Porsche 356A/1600 Super GT Speedster

A handful of push-rod 356As were delivered from the factory with a lightweight package that was usually reserved for the Carrera race cars. Called GTs, these got the stripped out interior, aluminum doors, a large fuel tank and Porsche ATE disc brakes.

As few as four Speedsters came equipped this way. Since the four-cam was only a marginal improvement in power, the regular 1600 Super was more than enough for the small car. It was also easier to maintain and overhaul the engine since they were manufactured in very large numbers for the general public.

1958→1959 Porsche 356A/1600 Super GT Speedster

In Detail

typeRacing Car
production years1958 – 1959
coachbuilderReutter Karosserie
engineersKlaus von Rücker
production7
engineBoxer-4
positionRear, Longutidinal
aspirationNatural
displacement1582 cc / 96.54 in³
bore82.5 mm / 3.2 in
stroke74 mm / 2.9 in
power87.2 kw / 117 bhp @ 3700 rpm
specific output73.96 bhp per litre
bhp/weight135.26 bhp per tonne
body / frameUnit Steel w/Aluminum Doors, hood
driven wheelsRWD
front tires5.90 – 15 Supersport
rear tires5.90 – 15 Supersport
curb weight865 kg / 1907 lbs
wheelbase2100 mm / 82.7 in
front track1306 mm / 51.4 in
rear track1272 mm / 50.1 in
length3950 mm / 155.5 in
width1670 mm / 65.7 in
height1310 mm / 51.6 in
transmissionType 716 Transaxle
tran clutchHaussermann Diaphragm-Spring Clutch
top speed~200 kph / 124.20 mph