2018 Pilgrim 356 Speedster Recreation of the iconic Porsche 356 For Sale
Factory built to order, Porsche’s big event of 1954 arrived in September: the charming, sporty Speedster. It was yet another bit of marketing magic from Max Hoffman, who, despite his experience with the ‘52 America, didn’t think U.S. demand for roadsters was quite so limited — and that an inexpensive model should be a permanent part of the Porsche production line. The Speedster was actually evolved from the Glaser-built America, and even had the same Type number (540), but was designed by Reutter to minimise production costs. For example, it used the regular cabriolet body but had none of its luxuries, like America, the Speedster arrived with only a simple canvas top and side curtains instead of a built-in padded top and roll-up door windows, though its windshield was cut about 3 1/2 inches shorter for extra rakish appearance. The cockpit was as Spartan as a Triumph TR2’s. Seats were simple buckets with fixed backrests. Instrumentation was limited to the speedo, tach, and temperature gauge; technically, the tach and heater were extras, but it was hard to find a car without them, so they were effectively “mandatory options” that pushed the typical delivered price over $3,000. But Hoffman realised his target base price of $2,995. Hard to believe today when considering these cars are now changing hands for many hundreds of thousands of pounds and the Speedster charmingly nicknamed the “Bathtub Sports Car” was the most spartan and basic of all the 356 models produced. It’s popularity today is undoubtedly linked to its timeless design incorporating wonderfully simple styling which is so reminiscent of the incredibly popular cars produced in later years by both Porsche and Volkswagen. This hugely powerful influence on present-day Classic motoring enthusiasts is what has driven Pilgrim to produce the latest and without doubt finest re-creation of this timeless Classic. Our latest rendition has been engineered to evoke all the elegant lines and cheeky looks of the original cars from the 50’s but by incorporating modern fully independent twin wishbones, rack and pinion steering, disc brakes and coil over shock absorbers to the radical front suspension which allows the driver to enjoy a level of handling and braking never enjoyed in a 356 either as an original or homage, before. This is further enhanced with the removal of the torsion bar to the rear suspension and the clever inclusion of an adjustable fully independent coil over suspension system allowing, as with the front set up, infinite adjustment to Caster, Camber and Toe to provide an extraordinary level of road holding combined with that low and aggressive stance mimicking the “Outlaw” Cars from the period. What makes the speedster even more authentic, is the rebuilt and updated flat four VW 1651cc twin carburettor engine which has the sound of the original! It has to be said that the drive and feel surpass the iconic 356. Which in normal terms means that this new speedster from Pilgrim drives better than any other old or new! In addition completely redesigned heater system, instrumentation, seating and level of trim with a beautifully manufactured low line canvas top make the Pilgrim Speedster unique in not only the quality of its finish but also its usability. The Speedster has been designed so that it can be used daily or for the occasional weekend trip! This iconic shape is loved wherever you go! The Speedster from Pilgrim becomes a genuinely attractive alternative to commuting in a mundane modern characterless and depreciating offering, from any of the other modern production houses.
The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche’s first venture into production and was a lightweight and nimble rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-door sporting car available in hardtop coupé and open configurations......
Same owner for more than 30 years
Original colour combination Heron Grey with red interior
Arm rests in leather
2 Fog Lights
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