Posted by: porschebahn | May 14, 2011

1957 Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster

This rare Carrera Speedster was displayed by Reid & Liz Vann at the 2011 Amelia Island Concours.

The description read: This is an original California Speedster that was raced extensively in Northern California in the 1950’s and 1960’s as part of Harry Weber’s team. Weber was sent to the U.S. by the Porsche factory to train mechanics to work on the Carrera engines. After finishing its race career and losing the original engine, the car was stored for a number of years. After being discovered, it was painted black and fitted with a pushrod engine.

The third owner drove it for 25 years transporting it with him all over the U.S. as his job took him from California to New York to Philadelphia to Virginia. In 2002 the decision was made to find a four-cam Carrera engine. An engine was found that was only four serial numbers from the original engine and rebuilt by Bill Doyle. Much time was spent finding an original Nardi steering wheel and restoring many original parts. Gary Kempton was selected for the bare metal restoration and the car was returned to original Polyantha Red. This restoration was completed in time to be shown at the 50th Anniversary of the Speedster in Carmel, California in 2004. The car is pictured in the Speedster Book and is on the poster following the event.


  1. What a lovely car. Is this car for sale? If so what did you want for it?

    Best regards

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