In 1954, import car dealer Max Hoffman lobbied Porsche to build a stripped, open-top version of the 356. Thus, the Speedster was born. Like all 356's, its engine, suspension, and chassis came from Volkswagen, but with its distinctive turtle-backed shape and cut-down windshield, it became popular for weekend racing. Only a few thousand Speedsters were ever produced, and they are highly sought-after by collectors.
Why it should be revived
As prices for mainstream Porsches speed past $100k, it is time to create a bargain-priced model for less-affluent buyers.
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