Porsche 356 Speedster art print


starting at: $ 28

Porsche 356 Speedster fine car art by Terry Smith.

Carefully produced with our giclée process to maximize color accuracy and resolution. At Simply Petrol, we use the highest-quality Hahnemühle fine art paper (315 gsm) with delicate texture and acid-free surface.

Giclée (French for “to spray”) is a printing process where millions of ink droplets are sprayed to saturate the fibers of the watercolor paper, resulting in pure, rich color and remarkable detail.



The Austrian-born Max Hoffman is the New-York based importer of luxury European cars into the USA during the 50`s. We owe him credits for some extremely spectacular cars just like Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, BMW 507 and Porsche 356 Speedster. Just like this very Porsche art you are just looking at.

The 356 Speedster was introduced in late 1954 after Mr. Hoffman advised Porsche that a lower cost, Spartan and open top version of 356 has potential on the American market, especially in Southern California. Because, let’s be honest, what can be better than driving affordable open-top German sports machine on the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California.

The car which started its life as a stripped-down version of an established sports machine now is a desirable classic with prices easily climbing north of $150000. Back in the days, 356 was sold for more than $4000 which was the price of brand new shiny and big Cadillac. The Speedster came with lowered windscreen, bucket seats, optional hardtop and was an instant hit priced at just $2995. Today, among the most desirable classic Porsche 356 are the Speedster versions with the more powerful Carrera engine of which only 140 were made. So, if you have some of them you can consider yourself as a wealthy man.

When launched, Porsche 356 Speedsters were equipped with 1500 cc, SOHC, air-cooled flat-four engine breathing through a couple of Solex carburetors delivering 70 hp. A year later, the 356 A version was launched with the availability of more powerful engines, including the abovementioned Carrera.

Now you can be inspired by the late 50`s and early 60`s idea of driving insanely simple and well-engineered German sports car by making this beautiful art print yours. This Porsche 356 Speedster art we are happy to share with you is emitting SoCali style and easiness like nothing we have offered before. It is created by Terry Smith and it can be ordered only at Simply Petrol.


Born and raised in Detroit, Terry Smith has been a part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953. Back then it was Automotive Illustration with art board, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes and airbrushes instead of Photography and Computer Graphics. Throughout the late sixties and early seventies he was painting car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for the big three automotive companies.

In 1972 I met and got involved with Roger Penske and his Indy Car and Can Am racing programs. That venture had me designing color schemes for Penske sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. I guess my claim to fame at that time was designing the color schemes for the white L&M Porsche 917-10 and blue Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars that Donahue and George Follmer raced in the early seventies.

In 1987 Terry teamed up with his son and started using a Macintosh computer when Desktop Publishing was in it’s infancy.  He put aside his paint and paintbrushes and started the long journey into the world of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Page Maker.

From 1987 until 2005 Terry Smith was designing brochures, logos, training manuals and line drawings. However, he had never thought of or even tried doingfull-colorr car illustrations on the computer. It wasn’t until after he retired and his son brought his old computer to him in 2010, that Terry Smith thought about giving car illustration a try on the computer.

At Simply Petrol we are extremely happy to give you access to the #FineCarArt of Terry Smith.


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Additional information


Large – 26 x 40 inches | 66 x 100 cm, Medium – 20 x 30 inches | 50 x 76,5 cm, Mini – 9 x 14 inches | 23 x 35 cm, Small – 13 x 20 inches | 33,5 x 50 cm

Your art print

1. Framing

A frame is not included. Your #finecarart print deserves frame of its own that fits best to the environment you`d like to place it.

2. Shipping

You can choose between STANDARD and EXPRESS delivery. Visit our Shipping page to check out the delivery options in order to pick what fits your needs. You`ll find shortcut at the footer section of Simply Petrol.

3. Packaging

Your #finecarart print will be laid between two sheets of archival paper. They are pH neutral (i.e. between 7 and 8.5) and will therefore have no chemical interaction with any objects it contacts. The #finecarart print will be rolled with the help of a smaller tube and will be packed in a reasonably heavy mailing tube with secure end caps. The tube will be taped around the end caps to ensure a tight seal.

4. Care

In order to preserve this piece of #finecarart at its best, keep the print away from fluorescent lighting and direct sunlight and from areas with high humidity, and at normal room temperature between 18 – 23 °C // 64 – 73 °F.

 : Terry Smith
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