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Terry Smith

Porsche 356 Speedster

Porsche 356 Speedster

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Max Hoffman is a New-York based importer of luxury European cars into the USA during the '50s. We owe him a great deal for sourcing some extremely spectacular cars like Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, BMW 507 and Porsche 356 Speedster.

The public has been enjoying the 356 Speedster since late 1954. Porsche follows Mr Hoffman's advice that a lower cost, Spartan and open-top version of 356 has potential on the American market. Especially in Southern California. What can be better than driving an affordable open-top German sports machine on the Pacific Coast Highway in Southern California?


Porsche 356 Speedster studio photo 




The car starts its life as a modest version of an established sports machine. Now it is a desirable classic with prices going easily above $150000. Back in the days, 356 costs more than $4000 which is the price of a brand new shiny and big Cadillac. The Speedster comes with a lowered windscreen, bucket seats, optional hardtop. It is an instant hit for just $2995.

Today, the Speedster version with the more powerful Carrera engine is among the most desirable classic Porsche 356s. There are only 140 examples of this car.

At first, Porsche 356 Speedsters have 1500 cc, SOHC, air-cooled flat-four engine breathing through a couple of Solex carburettors delivering 70 hp. A year later, the new 356 A version can brag with a more powerful engine.

Driving an insanely simple and well-engineered German sports car actually can be very inspiring. This Porsche 356 Speedster art print by Terry Smith is an embodiment of the SoCali style and is all about easiness and good mood. Order it now at Simply Petrol marketplace.



James Dean with his Porsche 356 Speedster

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Terry Smith

Terry Smith, a Detroit native, has been part of the Commercial Art Scene since 1953, initially specializing in Automotive Illustration. Using traditional tools like art boards, Windsor Newton Designers’ watercolors, paint brushes, and airbrushes, he worked on car illustrations for catalogs and national ads for major automotive companies in the late '60s and early '70s.

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, Smith collaborated with Roger Penske, contributing to the design of color schemes for Penske-sponsored race cars during the Mark Donahue and Peter Revson era. Notably, he designed the color schemes for the L&M Porsche 917-10 and Sunoco 917-30 Can Am cars.

In 1987, Smith transitioned to computer-based design, working with his son on a Macintosh computer. While focusing on brochures, logos, training manuals, and line drawings until 2005, he didn't explore full-color car illustrations on the computer until his retirement in 2010.

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    Fine art prints are made on Hahnemühle German Etching - a white, 100% α-cellulose paper for archival standards. The mould-made etching paper features a distinct textured surface. With its premium matt inkjet coating German Etching meets the highest industry standards regarding density, colour gamut, colour graduation and image sharpness while preserving the special touch and feel of genuine art paper.

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Shipping times depend on your location and the shipping method chosen during checkout.

Standard shipping within the EU usually takes 3-7 business days, while air shipping may take longer, up to 10 work days.

Since our prints are made on-demand, production times can vary. On average, it takes about 2-3 business days for production.

What materials are used?

We use high-quality materials to ensure the best possible results.

For fine art prints, we use 285 gsm German Etching Hahnemühle art paper.

Poster prints are typically printed on durable, 180 gsm heavyweight paper with a slight satin finish.

What sizes are available?

Our art prints come in various sizes to accommodate different needs and display options. 

Popular sizes include 20x14 inches, 28x20 inches, and 40x28 inches. 

These prints tend to be on the larger side and are compatible with most ready-to-use frames.

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We provide a 60-day, no-questions-asked return policy for all print products, unless otherwise specified on the item. To be eligible for an exchange or refund, the products must be in the same condition as when they were received.

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Absolutely! Once your print is shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with a tracking number. You can use this tracking number to monitor the progress of your shipment and estimate its arrival date.