19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 69

1996 Pilgrim Speedster

Sold for £22,500

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JNJ 525D
Chassis No: 116780120
MOT: Exempt

  • Based upon a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Offered with V5C document
  • Said to be in 'Excellent' order

The Pilgrim Speedster is a Beetle-based kit car that, in the words of the business; "....evokes all the elegant lines and cheeky looks of the original cars from the ’50s." Originally, Porsche created the Speedster at the request of its North American importer, Max Hoffman. He was having great success with the 356 Coupe but was convinced he could rival the coincident British Roadsters if armed with an open variant of the car. The Speedster was born in 1954 by creating a cut-down version of the Cabriolet with all creature comforts removed. The spartan cockpit featured lightweight bucket seats with fixed backrests, and instrumentation was limited to a speedometer and temperature gauge; an instant hit, particularly in Southern California.

This particular homage to the Porsche Speedster, was supplied in kit form, for the original builder and was completed in 1996. As with many similarly Porsche inspired kits, it is based upon a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle floorpan/chassis. Retaining a typical VW air-cooled 1600cc engine (similar in design to the Porsche 356/Speedster Boxer engine) and 4-speed gearbox, as in this case, any Speedster evocation offers better performance due to the power-to-weight ratio. 'JNJ 525D' car rides on Porsche 356 replica wheels painted in Cream. Inside there is a Cream carpet with Red piping and complementing are a Red dash top and period-style Red bucket seats. An appropriate three-spoke sports steering wheel finishes off the interior well. Nicely detailed with appropriate Gold badging which works well with the Cream paint and has a smart appearance. On the HPI report, the car is stated as a 1966 Volkswagen; the original donor chassis. The Pilgrim Speedster is offered with the current V5C Registration Document.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
Additional viewing for lots 200-254 on Thursday 20th October 2022 from 9am

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