16th Mar, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 24

1972 Chesil 356 Speedster

Sold for £43,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: HVF 138L
Chassis No: 1132058379
MOT: Exempt

PLEASE NOTE: The registration number for this lot is ‘HVF 138L’.

  • Comprehensively restored in 2019 and finished to a very high standard
  • Attractive and striking colour combination
  • Correctly registered on the V5C document as a Chesil 356 Speedster
  • Desirable 2.0-litre powerplant

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. The car was an instant hit, particularly in Southern California. The peak year was 1957 when the best-looking versions were made, and it is these iconic cars that the British-built Chesil evokes - looking every inch, the real thing.

Chesil are recognised as market leaders in their field having carved out a worldwide reputation for the quality of their products which are handcrafted with painstaking attention to detail. Correctly registered on its accompanying Swansea V5C document as a Chesil 356 Speedster, following conversion in c.2002, this example is finished to a very high standard. The beneficiary of a comprehensive restoration upon entering into the current ownership in 2019 by Redcastle Classics Ltd., the work completed included a mechanical refresh, interior retrim with Cream leather interior upholstery and a full repaint in striking Signal Red.

Powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine allied to a four-speed manual gearbox, the Chesil was in previous ownership from 2006 until the vendor's purchase. An extremely eye-catching, attractive and convincing evocation, including authentic-looking instruments, road wheels shod with wideband white-wall tyres, and badging, it comes complete with a black soft-top. Accompanied by many previous MOTs dating back to 2002, several previous invoices (most from NBA Sports Cars), current V5C and a spare set of keys.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 16th Mar, 2022

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