1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster Wall Art by Alfred Newbury
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One of only fifteen production Carrera Pre-A 1500 GS Speedsters were built in 1955.
Porsche’s magnificent and complex Carrera “Four-cam” engine was laid out in the early 1950s, penned by Dr. Ernst Führmann to power the little 550 Spyder, the company’s first thorough-bred race car. This brilliant engineer would later joke that he called it the “Drawer motor” because he had to slip his design paperwork into his drafting desk drawer whenever Dr. Ferdinand Porsche entered his office – the project had not yet been approved!
After the 550’s class wins in the Carrera Panamerica Mexican road races, Porsche decided to make this potent little engine available in its production coupes and open-topped Speedsters and Cabriolets.
These special and very expensive automobiles would carry the name “Carrera” in recognition of those racing successes, and they are both extremely rare and much sought-after today.
The first pushrod-engined Porsche Speedster appeared in 1954, after the company’s New York importer, Max Hoffman, and its West coast distributor John von Neumann encouraged the factory to offer a lightweight and spartan sports roadster to better compete in terms of price with the popular British and Italian sports cars of the day.
Speedsters quickly established themselves as the cars to beat in their respective classes. After a 356 coupe fitted with a Fuhrmann engine won the grueling Líege-Rome-Líege Rally in 1954, Porsche installed a Type 547 four-cam into a Speedster for testing, and similar engines were fitted to a pair of 356 coupes. Low-volume production – just a hundred units - began soon afterward.
The first 356 Carrera Pre-A Speedster intended for public sale was completed in July of 1955, wrote Marco Marinello in the definitive Porsche Speedster Type 540, and data compiled by the factory’s Olaf Lang places the total of Carrera Speedsters completed at 148.
Visually, these special cars were nearly identical to standard Speedsters fitted with less-powerful pushrod engines; only small gold scripts on the front fenders and tail, along with a few extra switches on the dashboard, signaled what lay beneath the engine cover. The quad-overhead cams were driven by a combination of quill-shafts - one them hollow and containing a round piece of birch hardwood, and spiral bevel gears.
The built-up Hirth-patent crankshaft and one-piece connecting rods ran in roller bearings. Lubrication was by dry-sump and there was dual ignition, the distributors initially being driven from the ends of the intake cams. The 1.5-litre Type 547 developed a lusty 100 bhp at 6200 rpm, and the engine thrived at high rotational speeds.
In such a lightweight chassis, performance was thrilling: In GT Speedster form with 110 hp, The Carrera’s first gear was good for 65 kph (40 mph), second to 112 (70 mph), third brought 160 (100 mph), and almost 193 (120 mph) flat out.
Interested in buying one? Be prepared to spend well over $2 million dollars for a mint example at auction.
Instead of buying a 1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster model for over $2,000,000.00 you can now for a limited time own this beautifully illustrated Porsche 356 art print for next to nothing by comparison.
Offered at only 84.95 this museum grade velvet fine art print measures 13x19, has a thickness of
19 mil and has a g/m weight of 260!
Or you may choose to have this Porsche wall art printed on flat canvas, which looks very attractive.
This exceptional Porsche art print is ideal for framing and comes numbered and hand signed by Alfred Newbury.
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1955 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS Speedster Wall Art
Printed on Museum Grade Velvet Fine Art Paper.
Size: 13" x 19"
Signed by Alfred Newbury.