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Clark Gable 1954 Porsche 356 1st Speedster Ever Raced For Sale
Clark Gable with 1954
Porsche 356 1st Speedster ever raced!!!
Never Seen Print From Original photo.
You are buying on: One 8 x 10 BW glossy photo on
heavy “Kodak Professional Paper” stock, processed 6 years ago at a professional
lab in Santa Monica, CA. My friend’s uncle took the original photo in
1954. This Rare photo was made from the original 3 ½ X 5, black and white
seen in the last picture & is NOT for sale)
The beauty of this picture is that it contains two of history’s all time
greats - The King, Clark Gable, and the extraordinary 356 Porsche Speedster no.
Gable’s movie “Betrayed” co-starring the beautiful Lana Turner had just been
released on September 7, 1954 and he was just about to start work on his next
film “Soldier of Fortune” co-staring Susan Hayward. Being an adventurer,
he decided it was time to have some fun and he looks completely at home in this
The special Speedster in the photo was one of the 3 hand-built Porsche
Speedsters completed on August 18, 1954. It was painted red with black
interior. Even when beginning production of a new model, Porsche rarely
built cars on the line. As Porsche introduced a new series (A, B, C) or
model (Convertible D, Roadster), the first of these cars simply went through
normal production. This was even true for the special 4-cam Carrera Speedsters.
However, this speedster pre-series car
Just seven weeks later, the first production Speedster car was completed in
The First Speedster ever raced was this 1954
Porsche 356 Speedster Chassis no. 80002.
Upon completion, the car was quickly shipped to
Hoffman Motors in New York. Hoffman then introduced it at Watkins Glen where it
won the Concourse Award. Speedster number 80002 was the first Porsche
Speedster documented to have been raced. Owned by West Coast distributor John
von Neumann, it was raced by Erich Buecklers at Torrey Pines, California. However, it was already no stranger
to a racetrack, as Clark Gable drove it in his role as Course Marshall at a
race event held at the Palm Springs California Airport.
Porsche Speedster, chassis 80002 was also used as
the brochure car and appears on all of the very early advertising material to
support the introduction of this new model. Most all of the rare paper
memorabilia items found today feature an image of this car, # 80002.
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