1958 Porsche 356A Speedster RS
Daily Slideshow: This 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster displays its racing heritage with pride.
Joe Buzzatta's Car
This truly one of a kind Porsche 356A Speedster RS carries some interesting history. Originally owned and raced by Joe Buzzetta, the Speedster saw numerous modifications in its early days to be in compliance with racing regulations of several different racing series. It has been meticulously restored to Buzzetta's original specifications.
Joe Buzzetta's Story
Born and raised in New York, Joe Buzzetta spent his youth helping out with the family business, an Italian restaurant on Long Island. Having been called into the army in 1958 and stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, he decided the time was right for him to buy his first Porsche.
The life of the Speedster
His beautiful silver on red Speedster soon underwent surgery as Joe, little by little, started to build his ultimate track car. Amazingly, he got married around the same time, making the Porsche the wedding car, as well. Though he admits that undertaking the wedding while also investing in the car put him under pressure financially, it certainly makes for a great story.
Getting Back Up
After competing in a couple of European races, Buzzetta's Porsche was damaged in a racing incident. With repairs completed, however, he was back at it again, this time racing in the SCCA competitions and with some more major modifications. Joe continued racing as a Porsche factory driver until 1969, and after hanging up the gloves, he decided to start his own business back home.
Still a Winner
The 'Buzzetta' Porsche has lived in Germany with its current owner since 1999. The current condition of the Speedster reflects many technical aspects of Joe Buzzetta's race car, but the 1958 Porsche 356 now participates in a different kind of competition, as the racing Speedster is a multiple Concours winner.
The Speedster features a variety of performance upgrades including larger valves to improve engine performance and a reinforced chassis with strengthened pillars. As is evident in these images, the Buzzatta Porsche has been restored with the highest level of attention to detail, with original parts and components.
In order to fully appreciate this Speedster and the story behind it, you need to watch the video.
And for those of you with an itch, an empty spot in your collection, and a half a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, the Speedster RS is up for sale by a private seller in Germany.
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