This exquisite Porsche 356 Speedster has been prepared for the 2021 Porsche Restoration Challengeby Khris Bharath, on
As part of the 2021 Porsche Restoration Challenge, Porsche of Santa Clarita, a Galpin Motors dealership based in California, recently finished the restoration and modification of a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster.
We at TopSpeed get really excited by barn finds and restoration projects. This week, we’re looking at Porsche Santa Clarita’s “Galpinized” 356, which draws inspiration from Porsches of both, new and old. With a bespoke paint job, a myriad of stylistic changes, and an enhanced engine, their aim was to create the most period-correct 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster out there.
When it came to this particular restoration project, Porsche Santa Clarita President and COO, Beau Boeckmann chose a comprehensive restoration with period-correct changes, visualizing the 356, as if it had been "Galpinized" from the start. They, in essence, wanted to capture the spirit of the 50s with this particular 356 Speedster.
To me, the Speedster was always the most beautiful. Cleanest lines, most elegant, no extra weight, no extra fanfare, just simple and pure Porsche. - Beau Boeckmann- Porsche Santa Clarita President and COO.
The Speedster seen here was built on July 29th, 1955. It was originally imported by legendary New York importer Max Hoffman, with coachwork by Reutter Karosserie. The dealership purchased the automobile from its second owner, a Californian resident, who had upgraded and modified this 356 for racing, during the course of his 50-year ownership.
The body and paint modifications were completed by Dave Shuten of Galpin Speed Shop. G.A.S. (Galpin Auto Sports) assisted with the final restoration work. They shaved the rocker moldings and rear reflectors, a louvered decklid, and filled, smoothed, and chromed the bumpers.
The fitted body is accented by a custom-mixed Blue-Green paint (by PPG), a unique shade reminiscent of that period, i.e., the 50s. The stunning paint job, which is a conversation starter in itself, goes well against a set of 1960 magnesium Halibrand knock-off wheels finished in House of Kolor gold with a matte Klear finish.
The whole ideology behind customizing is to make the aesthetic better and more pleasing, so you just lose all the parts that hurt your eyes, and then you have the right thing - Dave Shuten, Restoration Specialist
On the inside, this bespoke one-of-a-kind 356 Speedster, features red leather with plaid accents and color-matched Blue-Green trim pieces, inspired by other classic Porsches.
The mechanical restoration was carried out by Porsche Santa Clarita technician Nicolas Briseno. This particular example has a 1600 SE engine instead of the original 1500. The idea was to get as much performance as possible, from this improved 1600 SC flat-four air-cooled pushrod engine, that also features chromed elements. It is coupled to a 519 transaxle under the rear decklid.
And with that, the restoration of this glorious Speedster was completed. What the team has ended up with is one of the most spectacular 356 Speedsters in existence. This custom Porsche is a gorgeous work of art and is now, all set to take part in the Porsche Restoration Challenge for 2021.