2001 Porsche 356 Wide-Body Vintage Speedster Replica


It’s hard to believe, but Porsche design – and the Germans in general – were able to reboot and go from thinking about Tiger tanks to sports cars in the span of just three years. In 1948, the first Porsche 356 emerged from a converted sawmill in Gmund, Austria (the Allied occupation forces were the new residents of Porsche’s Stuttgart, Germany offices). Flash forward 53 years to this 2001 Porsche 356 kit car replica, built by California Company Vintage Speedsters. At first glance you would swear you were looking at the real thing; this replica sits on a 1975 Standard Beetle VW chassis and has been executed to perfection. The standard Beetle was equipped with the 1600 four-cylinder, air-cooled engine that generated 58 horsepower, as well as with a dual braking system, four-wheel independent suspension, and a flow-through ventilation system.

Vintage Speedsters has been producing replicas for over 30 years using a custom built, jig welded, 2x4 inch 11-gauge steel frame. An original VW pan is restored, shortened and welded to the new steel skeleton. The rigid new structure retains the original VW pan design and integrates the largest frame possible. In addition, the steering wheel is offset slightly, just as an original speedster.

While some manufacturers will lead the customer to believe the use of a VW pan is inferior, it’s hard to argue with some facts.

  1. Volkswagen produced over 21,000,000 cars using the pan design.
  2. Vintage Speedsters hand built over 3000 speedsters as of 2013.
  3. Vintage Speedsters has also built more than 90% of the speedsters being sold today.

The chassis is a Standard Beetle ’75 with Disc Brake Upgrade 1600cc Engine (approx. 70hp) with 4:12 transmission which was given a 1915cc Engine Upgrade (approx. 85hp)

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Price - $35,000

VIN: 2BG50601202394679
Mileage: 6,812
Ext. Color: Orange
Int. Color: Black/Orange Leather
Engine: 1915cc (85hp)
Body: 2-DR Convertible
Trans: 4-Speed Manual

In the past year Motor Werke has completed a variety of upgrades and maintenance on the vehicle, including:

  • our complete Multi Point Inspection
  • inspection of fluid leaks, suspension & minor steering leaks
  • wheel alignment
  • stalk control switch
  • exhaust repair
  • brake fluid flush
  • rear brake line maintenance
  • cylinder head leak repair
  • maintenance on steering gear box; VW standard
  • oil service
  • turn signal switch 356 V/W 69-76
  • stalk control switch replacement
  • alternator 356 maintenance

And this past summer we once again had the pleasure of performing some maintenance and upgrades on the 356 which included:

  • master cylinder replacement
  • engine shampoo
  • front bonnet latch repair
  • air filer K&N recharge
  • full interior detail as well as a clay sealant detail on the exterior paint
  • minor trim and body detail

All of this work has helped to upgrade and maintain a truly beautiful replica of a classic Porsche.

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