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Were 356 Speedsters ever "affordable" in years past ?

Hello everyone! Like many of you here, I count the 356 Speedster as one of the most beautiful and purest cars ever made. The Porsche 550 being among that list as well. I moved to Miami circa 2002, I remember seeing 356  Speedster cars between $50k and 70k USD for driver's quality cars. Nicer examples and original examples were double that price or so. 

I recently saw a black Speedster listed. When I inquired as to the price, I was disheartened, as the price was a bit north of $300k USD. 

At any rate, I love replicas too. I think that of all the rep cars made, some of the 356 Speedster cars are extremely close in looks and perhaps the driving experience as one can get. Some deviate by a large margin and far surpass the original cars, that's okay too of course! 

Was the gap between a high end rep and a driver's quality original 356 Speedster always so wide in price ?? 

My wife and I are looking at homes now, I asked her if we should buy a smaller, less expensive home, and acquire a 356 Speedster, she thinks that's a splendid idea. She too is a car nut. Though she leans toward American muscle cars herself. I'm not sure if that will come to pass. It's a nice option however. 

I guess my main concern is not acquiring one as soon as possible and ten, or twenty years from now they're $1 million dollar cars. They're not building any more 1950s anything of course so the supply is fixed and even diminishing in some cases. 

Thanks for any input, sorry for the long post as well. 

Last edited by Lostronin
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