The exitment at the Hilton Head Island Auction America was big when the aquamarine blue 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster was called. After 40 years this Porsche was pulled out of a garage in Chicago recently. The vehicle is from it´s first ownership. The owner from Hoopeston, Illinois, had bought the Porsche in May 1957 for 3.502 dollars. He drove the Porsche until 1975, but only in the best weather during the summer. The car was often seen on Porsche Club of America events, especially during events on circuits. But the owner never brought the Porsche on the race track. His trips reached about 25 – thousand miles on the odometer. During the harsh winters, that prevail in the region around Chicago, the Porsche was parked in the garage. In 1975 he had to turn off the Porsche finally – for health reasons.
The years passed and the garage turned into a time capsule. Covered and with the roof closed, the Interior of the Porsche was perfectly preserved. Except for the battery compartment the Porsche is preserved rust free. All parts are original and the entire vehicle has a wonderful patina. Five years ago, the original owner died and a friend was able to buy the Porsche. All the papers were in the vehicle.
The Porsche was estimated at 200,000 to 250,000 dollars. After a hot bidding dispute, the new owners bid the Porsche speedster for 605.000 dollars (around 570,000 euros). Is to be hoped, that the new owner will preserve the patina and keep the originality.
In addition to the Porsche 356A, there were more surprises during the auction. A factory original AC Shelby Cobra 427, built 1967 with all its certificates was auctioned for $726,000 and a Maserati 3500 GT 1960 reached a bid of 222.750 dollars.