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.