1957 Porsche Speedster Tribute 2017-06-09T06:25:57+00:00

Project Description

OVERVIEW

The classic, low-slung shape of the original Porsche Speedster is iconic. It’s a no-frills design that exemplifies beauty by restraint. Often referred to as “the bathtub”, it’s not hard to see why. That tub-like shape is really only broken up by the small cowl windshield, which you will look over the top of if you’re much more than six feet tall. Once you’ve nestled into the low driver’s seat, it doesn’t take long to get comfortable. While the driver’s footwell is a bit compact, your passenger will have plenty of legroom. The Speedster is a diminutive car but having such an airy cockpit means that all of the controls are easily within reach without feeling too cramped.

Twist¬†the key in the dash-mounted ignition and the 1776-cc engine fires up with a raucous bark. Stab the throttle a few times get things moving and the engine quickly settles into a lumpy but calm idle. Slide the shifter into first gear and quick-revving engine means you’ll take off in a flurry of engine noise and wheel spin. First gear is incredibly short so it doesn’t take long before you’re reaching for second. That’s when the fun really starts! The Speedster isn’t going to win many stoplight drag races but it feels much faster than it actually is. Perhaps it’s just the wind in your hair or the fact that your butt sits mere inches from the pavement below but it all works together to create a go-kart-like driving experience.

Being such a simple, bare-bones car, there is little to filter¬†out the response¬†from the chassis, engine, or steering. With the majority of the weight over the rear wheels, the manual steering is delightfully light when you’re on the move. Steering feel is nearly telepathic and just enough of the road’s imperfections are transmitted through the wheel to let you know¬†that you’re in control. The brakes offer a firm pedal but give plenty of stopping power with fantastic feel and modulation. Arguably the best part of the whole package is the sound made by the raspy little engine just behind your right elbow. The Speedster’s engine sounds a little coarse when it’s first fired up but once it’s warmed up, the Flat-4 sounds amazing. The small engine is incredibly effervescent and rev-happy, creating a wall of sound that pushes you to go just a little faster. Every time you let off the throttle, you’re rewarded with a fizz and a pop as the excess fuel ignites in the exhaust and backfires slightly.

Driving the Speedster is a truly immersive experience. It’s a car that grabs ahold of¬†your soul and tugs on your heartstrings. It has a strange way of making man and machine act as one and feel truly connected. Each drive becomes an experience you’ll never forget or want to end.

It’s easy to see how the Porsche we know today was built upon this car’s success.

OVERVIEW

The classic, low-slung shape of the original Porsche Speedster is iconic. It’s a no-frills design that exemplifies beauty by restraint. Often referred to as “the bathtub”, it’s not hard to see why. That tub-like shape is really only broken up by the small cowl windshield, which you will look over the top of if you’re much more than six feet tall. Once you’ve nestled into the low driver’s seat, it doesn’t take long to get comfortable. While the driver’s footwell is a bit compact, your passenger will have plenty of legroom. The Speedster is a diminutive car but having such an airy cockpit means that all of the controls are easily within reach without feeling too cramped.

Twist¬†the key in the dash-mounted ignition and the 1776-cc engine fires up with a raucous bark. Stab the throttle a few times get things moving and the engine quickly settles into a lumpy but calm idle. Slide the shifter into first gear and quick-revving engine means you’ll take off in a flurry of engine noise and wheel spin. First gear is incredibly short so it doesn’t take long before you’re reaching for second. That’s when the fun really starts! The Speedster isn’t going to win many stoplight drag races but it feels much faster than it actually is. Perhaps it’s just the wind in your hair or the fact that your butt sits mere inches from the pavement below but it all works together to create a go-kart-like driving experience.

Being such a simple, bare-bones car, there is little to filter¬†out the response¬†from the chassis, engine, or steering. With the majority of the weight over the rear wheels, the manual steering is delightfully light when you’re on the move. Steering feel is nearly telepathic and just enough of the road’s imperfections are transmitted through the wheel to let you know¬†that you’re in control. The brakes offer a firm pedal but give plenty of stopping power with fantastic feel and modulation. Arguably the best part of the whole package is the sound made by the raspy little engine just behind your right elbow. The Speedster’s engine sounds a little coarse when it’s first fired up but once it’s warmed up, the Flat-4 sounds amazing. The small engine is incredibly effervescent and rev-happy, creating a wall of sound that pushes you to go just a little faster. Every time you let off the throttle, you’re rewarded with a fizz and a pop as the excess fuel ignites in the exhaust and backfires slightly.

Driving the Speedster is a truly immersive experience. It’s a car that grabs ahold of¬†your soul and tugs on your heartstrings. It has a strange way of making man and machine act as one and feel truly connected. Each drive becomes an experience you’ll never forget or want to end.

It’s easy to see how the Porsche we know today was built upon this car’s success.

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A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The iconic Porsche 356 dates back to the very start of the company. It was the dream of Ferry Porsche to build a lightweight, fun-to-drive sports car and he did just that in 1948 when the 356 entered production.

“I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW and others. ‚Ķ.By the end of the war I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car it is nicer to drive than if you have a big car, which is also overpowered. And it is more fun. On this basic idea we started the first Porsche prototype. To make the car lighter, to have an engine with more horsepower‚Ķthat was the first two-seater that we built.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Ferdinand ‚ÄúFerry‚ÄĚ Porsche

Although production was slow at first for the Porsche’s little 356, a class win at Le Mans in 1951 cemented the Porsche name in the minds of enthusiasts around the globe. Porsche built on this momentum and produced the 356 until 1965 when the 911 debuted, cementing Porsche’s reputation in the history books.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW

The iconic Porsche 356 dates back to the very start of the company. It was the dream of Ferry Porsche to build a lightweight, fun-to-drive sports car and he did just that in 1948 when the 356 entered production.

“I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW and others. ‚Ķ.By the end of the war I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car it is nicer to drive than if you have a big car, which is also overpowered. And it is more fun. On this basic idea we started the first Porsche prototype. To make the car lighter, to have an engine with more horsepower‚Ķthat was the first two-seater that we built.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Ferdinand ‚ÄúFerry‚ÄĚ Porsche

Although production was slow at first for the Porsche’s little 356, a class win at Le Mans in 1951 cemented the Porsche name in the minds of enthusiasts around the globe. Porsche built on this momentum and produced the 356 until 1965 when the 911 debuted, cementing Porsche’s reputation in the history books.

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