“Barn Find” 1957 Porche Speedster Headed To Auction After 40 Years In Hiding
We all love a great “barn” find when it turns out to be a great touch of amazing automobiles from the past. This 1957 Porche 356A 1600 Speedster has been hiding away for almost 40 years. After all those years, it’s seeing the light of day again as it heads to auction.
Some of these hidden treasures don’t gain much value after their time spent in storage. This vintage Speedster is on the exact opposite side of the spectrum for good reason despite the dust. For starters, the car is complete from tip to tail; every single part is original. Headlights, rims and rubber, and the unique Aquamarine Metallic Blue paint job.
The soft top roof is straight from the factory as well as the Beige Leatherette interior. It was completed on March 5th, 1957 from a plant in Germany and all parts meet U.S. specifications. This car was part of a run of only 1171 of these vehicles built up to that date. The 1.6L engine, headlights, coupe seating, and even the bumpers are good to go on American roads.
The next step of the journey was its delivery to America where it was bought in June of the same year by John Casper. Even though he never tracked the car, the duo were regulars at Porsche Club of America events. The car was parked in a garage in 1975 and remained in John’s name for 59 years until he passed away in 2012.
Since then, ownership has transferred to a friend of the family who is bringing it out of retirement. Even though some of these cars have been unearthed, few have been in original condition. Most people that come across one only find it in a state that needs heavy restoration or modification.
This is a major selling point for when it goes up for bidding through Auctions America in November. Classic collectors will no doubt have their eye on this Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster for this very reason. Right now the estimated selling price looks to be in the range of $200,000 to $250,000.