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Pardon my ignorance. It’s been some time since I saw a Beck Speedster in person. I was wondering when was the padded portion of the dash changed from a more “rolled” pad to the a more flat pad similar to the originals?

Also, it appears this speedster has sills and front map pockets, which I don’t recall seeing on past renditions. Is this new, or have I just missed these details the entire time?

Lastly, was the rear shelf/seat area changed on this Speedster as well?  

I’m loving the way this car is looking so far. Looking forward to more photos!

Is this new, or have I just missed these details the entire time?



I can really only speak for my own car, there are others who are much, much more knowledgeable about Beck’s evolution than me on this forum for sure.  I placed my order in March 2019 and learned it was one of the first with the new chassis and suspension set up.  I don’t know if the updated dash, sills, et al were linked to that evolution, or came separately earlier or later. I do know I didn’t spec map pockets or some of the other refinements you mentioned, so they are coming standard now, which is certainly appreciated and is reflective of what an amazing builder the Special Edition team is.

I've watched Beck's products evolve since 2005 and the difference is huge.  I always liked the chassis design, but the Brazilian-built cars had some rough spots.  Carey, et al, fought with that and finally made the wise decision to move production to the States, at which point things really took off.  Don't get me wrong, I loved my Brazilian-built '06 car, but the differences in build quality between it and one like Joe Fortino's are significant.  Now with the new chassis and other evolutionary changes the differences are even greater.

One thing that is probably influencing the "correctness" of the cars, particularly the interiors, is that Special Edition also does some restoration work on real 356s.  Because of the they have become very familiar with the "supposed to be like this" stuff.

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Don't get me wrong, I loved my Brazilian-built '06 car, but the differences in build quality between it and one like Joe Fortino's are significant.  Now with the new chassis and other evolutionary changes the differences are even greater.

@Lane Anderson I cannot agree more. Even the subtle differences between my 2009 AC and 2016 Suby are amazing. I believe the map pockets and seat area are new with the chassis design but the dash has been around for a while.

@chines1 you are KILLING me with what you are guys are doing. Can I just swap out my car for the new chassis and keep everything else?

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@Lane Anderson I cannot agree more. Even the subtle differences between my 2009 AC and 2016 Suby are amazing. I believe the map pockets and seat area are new with the chassis design but the dash has been around for a while.

@chines1 you are KILLING me with what you are guys are doing. Can I just swap out my car for the new chassis and keep everything else?

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What color is the Spyder in the background? Is it just weird lighting or for real paint color?

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No that is actually a yellow Spyder.  6405 Champagne Yellow, using the lightest alternate.  It did appear a bit more yellow in direct sunlight than it does in these photos, but not too far off.

On Joe's car, the wheels are actually a bit cheaper now that many sets have been done and the process has been "perfected" but theoverriders are getting to be unobtanium...  Since Gary passed away there aren't many choices for doing them.  They were expensive from Gary (maybe $3500 from memory) but today they'd be 2x that at least...

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