‘Magnificent Seventh’ Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster

Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster
Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster

A rare 1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster powered by the complex Carrera ’quad-cam’ engine will headline at a London online auction on 31 October.

Without doubt one of the most desirable classic sports cars in history, the ’four-cam’ can only be described as the elite and most beautiful 356.

Carrera 1500 GS Speedster

One of only 15 production Carrera Pre-A 1500 GS Speedsters built in that year, chassis no. 81062 was the ‘magnificent seventh’ to be produced in that exclusive batch.

Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster
1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster

This example is dressed in red with a sumptuous tan interior and is still in possession of its original race-derived Type 547/1 ‘Carrera’ engine, accompanied by a Kardex and official Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

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The downside is, this immaculate German classic with it’s Reutter coachwork will more than likely cost any serious collector around £1,300,000 if they wish to expand their existing collection.

Pre-A Speedster

The first 356 Carrera Pre-A Speedster intended for public sale was completed in July of 1955, wrote Marco Marinello with a total of Carrera Speedsters completed at only 148.

Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster
1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster

Virtually identical to a standard Speedster fitted with less-powerful pushrod engines; only the purist would note the additional switches and subtle gold scripts that gave the real story beneath the engine cover away.

Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster
Additional switches and subtle gold scripts

The frisky 1.5-litre Type 547 developed a strong 100 bhp at 6200 rpm, with a technical engine that made light of such high rotational speeds.

Superb performance

The lightweight chassis meant performance was superb: In GT Speedster form with 110 hp, The Carrera’s first gear was good for 65 kph (40 mph), second to 112 (70 mph), third brought 160 (100 mph), and almost 193 (120 mph) flat out.

Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster
Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster engine

This is one of the first Carrera Pre-A 1500 GS Speedsters ever built and is surely one of the finest in the world.

It is Mille Miglia eligible and would make a worthy addition to any collection of fine and historically-important sports cars.

Maarten ten Holder, Head of Europe, RM Sotheby’s:
Once again we’ve amassed an enviable selection of cars for the London sale, and we’re still actively consigning. These two very special and rare Porsches represent peak model development for the 356 and 911 ranges, in period, and we’re delighted to offer them. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect us all, and we had to make the decision to move the London sale onto our Online Only platform, as with all our European sales this year.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

Joining the Porsche rarity’s comes from the slightly later era and iconic 911 model; few models from the car’s illustrious history are held in as high regard as the Carrera RS models of the 1970s.

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

A road-prepared version of the Porsche homologated 3.0-litre RSR factory race car, this 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0 is one of just 56 examples produced and is alleged to be the only car fitted with a factory electric sliding roof.

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.0

The Porsche is presented as delivered in vibrant yellow with a black leatherette interior and without the famed Carrera RS script along the lower side, contributing in part to this vehicle’s unusual specification.

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