First revealed to automotive journalists at the Swiss Grand Prix in July of 1948, the Porsche 356 is unequivocally one of the most iconic car designs of all time, widely praised for its stunning appearance and competent performance. This second characteristic made the 356 a popular choice with amateur racers, and as a result, a great many of the 76,000 specimens produced across its entire production run were campaigned by race enthusiasts.
One such example is this immensely characterful 1956 356 Speedster, originally purchased from renowned New York-based Porsche dealer, Max Hoffman before being campaigned in roughly 50 Sports Car Club of America events. After trading hands several times and being shipped from continent to continent, this ’56 Speedster has more recently been utilized as a Grand Prix ice racer at the 2019 and 2020 runnings of the GP Ice Races in Zell am See, Austria, where it competed in several classes, including as a ski-tower. On top of an old-school yellow and green race livery, the ice racer now features a roll-bar, yellow lens headlights fortified under custom brush-guards, a Sparco racing seat, and retro wheels shod in all-terrain rubber. This 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster GP Ice Racer is currently for sale through GetYourClassic in Italy, Meran with an asking price of approximately $311,000 (or € 259,000).