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At that price, and with the likelihood it will sit in protective storage, how is this car not equivalent to a non-fungible token?  All but a very precious few people will actually see it in the flesh, even fewer may touch it, and who knows if anyone will actually operate it (at least as intended).  It is nothing more than a set of digital photos with a clear single owner.

If you desired, for a paltry $1100 (over the price of the 1600 Super engine, which was already $260 over the cost of the 1600 N in a 2500-$3,000 car) the factory would put a GS tuned 4 cam engine in any car, be it Coupe, Cabriolet or Speedster.  A pretty cool option, I think!                                                                                                                                 356 Porsche price lists

The first price list isn't marked as to where or when but the 1300 was still available so I'm guessing that at the latest it's 1955 or '56?   The 2nd is from Auto Europe (Beverly Hills, CA), 1958.

@Panhandle Bob and @WNGD- Wouldn't it be great if it was still being used as it was meant to be?  Unfortunately, the mileage shown is probably from new, with who knows how few since the restoration.  A car doesn't clock much going from the garage to the transport, on the the show field, back to the transport and back to the garage.  It's sacrilege, when you think about it- these cars really were meant to be driven.

                                                                                                                              1958 price sheet                                                                 

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@ALB posted:

If you desired, for a paltry $1100 (over the price of the 1600 Super engine, which was already $260 over the cost of the 1600 N in a 2500-$3,000 car) the factory would put a GS tuned 4 cam engine in any car, be it Coupe, Cabriolet or Speedster.  A pretty cool option, I think!                                                                                                                                 356 Porsche price lists

The first price list isn't marked as to where or when but the 1300 was still available so I'm guessing that at the latest it's 1955 or '56?   The 2nd is from Auto Europe (Beverly Hills, CA), 1958.

@Panhandle Bob and @WNGD- Wouldn't it be great if it was still being used as it was meant to be?  Unfortunately, the mileage shown is probably from new, with who knows how few since the restoration.  A car doesn't clock much going from the garage to the transport, on the the show field, back to the transport and back to the garage.  It's sacrilege, when you think about it- these cars really were meant to be driven.

                                                                                                                              1958 price sheet                                                                 

Adjusted for inflation, I think it’s cheaper to get the GT-3RS version of the 911 over the standard Carrera.

”Paltry” $1100 would probably get you a VW sedan back then. Our 67 was $1750 fob.

At our inaugural NV750 in August 2020, someone brought their Carrera 2 to the rally.  The Carrera 2's were approximately double the cost of a 1600cc 356C.  The Carrera 2 engine, the type 587, was enlarged to approximately 2-litres, as opposed to the 1.5-litres of the Type 547 in the 550 Spyders.

I seem to recall reading that they made a few 1300cc 547’s as well, to comply with class regs at Le Mans.

The 4-cam engine, for all the hype over the years, sounded just like all of our type 1 engines below 4,500 rpm and was available as a factory (and often as a dealer) option for those who wished to drive the price of their tiny, little German sports cars up higher than the cost of a similar year Corvette.  Of course, putting that engine in, say, a 550 Spyder to annihilate said Vette happened more than once, for sure.

BUT!  Get that same 4-cam up over 5 grand and into the 7K - 8K rpm range and that Banshee wail was both mesmerizing and terrorizing, especially when it went quickly past said Vette driver.

Few of us ever get to hear a 4-cam at speed on a track, these days.  The last I heard one was at Lime rock Park a few years back on one of their "Historics" race days.  They have a glorious, upper register sound, to be sure.

@edsnova posted:

I believe that 2-liter version of the 4-cam made close to 200 horsepower. A real feat in the day.

I've heard that as well, Ed.  I think I remember reading that one of the last versions of the 2 liter GT dynoed at 190 hp at 7,000? 7500 rpm (maybe in a 904)?  That would be a blast in a Speedster!

Does anybody know where the battery is located in a GS/GT Speedster?  Between the larger gas tank and the spare tire it doesn't look like there's room for it up front...  Al

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