Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Not A Loser, Baby: 1957 Beck Porsche 356 Speedster Replica

Way back in 1986 a guy by the name of Chuck Beck partnered with Kevin Hines at Special Edition Inc out of  Bremen, IN to build a high quality 356 replica.  The rear engined 356 Speedster and mid engined 550 Spyder have been continuously rolling out of a small workshop for owners to finish assembly and drive around looking like a million bucks, but only costing about $30k. Find this 1957 Beck Porsche 356 Speedster Replica here on eBay bidding for $20,000 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  Tip from FK.

Although the seller describes the car's exterior as "merlot" -- I personally think you'll need to like purple to appreciate the car, but as they always say -- there is a seat for every ride, a ride for every seat, and a box for every homeless man...or something. 

Under the rear hatch is the oddest looking Volkswagen flat-4 I've ever laid eyes upon...wait a dog, this baby is electric!!  According to the seller you can reach speeds of 90 miles per hour and get a 70 to 120 mile range depending on vehicle speed and ham fistedness of the driver.  I'd probably get 40 miles. 

 See a better way to start your purple car collection?


  1. I was just about to post how I would much rather have a Beck Speedster than a real 356, so I could actually drive it an enjoy it, then I saw the engine, er, motor, er propulsion unit. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Every time an electric conversion is done on anything other than a Geo Metro, an angel weeps in heaven.

  2. Does it come with a CD of recorded engine sounds? Then you could have a V8, flat 4 or rotary!

  3. And Bobinott again did not fail to disappoint in griping about someone else's car. Always amusing. I suppose.

    1. Aw, c'mon, you would have been disappointed if I had let an EV go past unpunished :-)

      A racing buddy if mine told me his wife wanted to buy an EV. I told him to look on the bright side: he would always know where she was, within about a 10 mile radius.

  4. My father and I did a Vintage Speedster kit as a project together. Built up a balanced 1776 with big Dellortos to a freeway flyer transmission. Driving it is a very unique experience being so low and a basically nonexistent windshield. I am somewhat sensitive about it being a kit but the funny thing is that the mass population has no idea what I am talking about when I explain it is fake.

  5. 356 replicas - the only replica kit car where a Beetle motor is authentic instead of blasphemous!

    I'm not sure an electric conversion would be any slower than some of the factory engine options. And a purple 356 replica looks a lot better than a Nissan Leaf.

  6. In a time of chimpanzees, it was a monkey.

    The electric conversion has to make this faster than it was with an ACVW engine. That 115hp (85kW) motor should be producing something around 600 lb-ft of torque at 1000 rpm. Think about that.

    1. Seriously, I do not doubt that this thing would be quick. I wonder what it weighs.

  7. Looks well sorted and would be fun to drive with all that torque.


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