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...Agree; the "celebrity factor" can be a challenge for low key people like us; and more especially in the times we are living in now...



@Impala , this may be a case of irony gone wrong (which is why such tools should be handled only by licensed professionals).

What I meant is that most of us are enthusiastic about our cars and more than happy to engage with anyone who shows interest, encouraging photos and even the occasional bubblegum on a fender.

If Starke hadn't been able to 'make them fast enough' to meet the overwhelming demand, then certainly some of the happy owners would have been showing up at C&C's and in online forums like this to enthuse and to post lots of photos.

We'd likely be seeing some online reviews by fans, 'influencers', or maybe even legit journalists. A well-finished and fully functioning Boxster that looks like a 356 and that real people can just sign up for and buy is the kind of thing  the glossy mags are always looking to feature. There'd certainly be some kind of online reaction to that. Something. Anything.

Instead, we've had three years of crickets.

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Hey guys, appreciate all the comments and certainly respect everyone's opinion.  There were in fact 4 cars produced here in the states and two more that went overseas.  I've spoken with two of the current owners.  Yes, it's expensive to build these.  The conversion runs $135,000 pus a car.  2017 cars are in the 50k range.  I'm an open book.  If anyone has questions, happy to answer. 

No replica or "rebodied" car can replace the originality and elegance of the original cars.  Still, there is a market for a similar car with modern conveniences.

Seth,

Starke Motor Company

Copy that.  The great unwashed that poke around on this web site appreciate the exetent to which various commercial Speedster replica builders (and a rather large host of DIY builders too) go to to capture as much of the original 356 Speedster DNA as possible. To my mind that involves the correct form (achieved with fiberglass molding), and similar running gear, which quite naturally entails VW chassis and suspension parts and especially air cooled rear mounted flat 4s.  Period correct instrumentation, upholstery, fit and finish.  That said, there is as you all know, a HUGE degree of variation on this theme, owing to tendencies toward hot rodding amongst the aforementioned knucklehead hot rodders.    Next up the chart would be those Speedsters with purpose built chassis frames and the inclusion of modern suspensions and/or genuine Porsche parts, esp'y from a 911.  Even these I'd put down as replicas, vs restorations or rebodying.   The Starke adventure is a rebody, so the car is a Boxster, with no attempt to capture the old original flavor of a rear engine, air cooled, light weigh rag top, aka a Porsche Typ 356 Speedster.  And that's all OK.  We further understand that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and so at the end of the day we are flattered that such a tribute to the 356 Speedster is being brought forward. I personally wish the Starke 2.0 enterprise lots of success.  And I'd love to see one in person some day.

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