The Porsche 356 Speedster is one of the most beloved Porsches of all time, in fact it’s probably one of the most beloved roadsters of all time.
The idea to build the Speedster wasn’t actually a Porsche idea, it was thought up by the hugely influential Austrian/American auto importer Max Hoffman.
Hoffman was a New York-based importer high-end European automobiles in the ’50s who had an uncanny ability to visualise exactly the right car from exactly the right manufacturer at exactly the right time – then suggest it to them and get them to actually build it.
Of all his influential ideas, the 356 Speedster was almost certainly the least expensive when it was new. It’s probably also the Hoffman car that’s seen