The Porsche 356 Speedster is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, but despite its historical significance as the sports car manufacturer’s first production car, its performance is a far cry from that of modern Porsche models.
Later this month, an Arizona-based coachworks company called Stärke will reveal what it thinks is the perfect way to combine the Speedster’s gorgeous look with modern speed: it builds replica 356 bodies that it mates with the chassis from a 1997 thru 2012 Boxster to create the Stärke Revolution Speedster CS.
On October 20, Stärke, which is run by the father-and-son team of Wade and Maxwell Morrison, will unwrap the first result of that process when it shows its Revolution Speedster CS in Las Vegas.
The Maxwells call their creations “restobods,” a play on the term “restomod” used to describe the process of bolting modern drivetrain and chassis components to a vintage body. But that’s a dicey proposition with certain cars like the 356 as it can destroy the value of what would be an expensive collector car in original condition.
Thus, Stärke spent 18 months alone getting their bespoke Speedster bodies looking the way they wanted and then worked out the process of mating that to the chassis of a 986 or 987 Boxster, the first two generations of Porsche’s modern roadster sold between 1998 and 2012. The company’s hope is to be able to crank out one of its creations in 120 days once the customer signs off on their purchase.
The Maxwells will sell you their “base” model, the Revolution Speedster CS, for $69,950 US, a price that seems quite reasonable but doesn’t include the cost of a donor Boxster to which to attach their replica 356 body.
But considering an all-original Speedster in nice condition will cost you well over $100,000, we feel like Stärke has a good deal going on a car that pays lovely homage to a classic while offering a modern-day driving experience.
If you have deeper pockets to put towards a bespoke sports car, consider one of Stärke’s other models, like the $89,950 Outlaw, which can be optioned with a $40,000 race engine.