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Hitting the Carrera lottery!

This is our 2nd installment of the Carrera Tales.

The Speedster Tale VIN#83780
Much like Freddy Rabbat, Jerry Charlup did not plan to get a Carrera for his first 356, luck was just with him that day when he opened up the paper.
“My first Porsche was a 1982 911 SC Targa that I picked up at the factory and drove around Europe for several weeks. On returning to Southern California I joined PCA. I entered a concours and that was my first exposure to 356’s. I wanted one and saw the ad for the speedster in my neighborhood. I rounded the corner and saw the car in the driveway and knew I had to have it (a great way to start bargaining!). Bought the car and had some help from a few
of the PCA folks that had 356’s. It was considered a good car but not a great car. The PCA folks told me to write the factory and get the kardex. I did and that’s when I found out the car was originally a Carrera Speedster.


Read up on the car and found out that over a 3 year period only about 125 were ever made.”
But like many of the Carreras out there today, the car and the motor are no longer together. Jerry looked for his motor but was unsuccessful in finding it.
“After years of looking for the correct serial # motor unsuccessfully, I got a correct model motor (Typ 547/1) which is in the car now.”
The restoration of the car was not a simple affair, a couple of snafus and court battles kept it from being the normal resto.
“After owning it for several years, I sent the car to Houston to have the paint and body work done as well as rebuild the 4-cam motor I acquired in 1990 ( see later) . It turned out to be a typical ‘horror restoration ordeal’. The car was involved in lengthily litigation between the restoration shop and a body shop which lasted over a year. Car was mostly back together when I had it shipped back to CT to be finished and the 4-cam motor properly done by one of only 4 top notice shops in the world that work on 4-cam motors.”
The engine was redone by the legendary 4-cam gurus over at KAM Motorsports.
The car is now looking it’s best since it left Germany so many years ago. It has even done well at some shows.
Second in class – PCA Zone 1 Concours – May 21, 2001
Newport, RI
First in class CVR 40th Anniversary Concours – 9-11-99
First in class for 1998, 1999, 2001 at the Annual CVR-PCA Father’s Day Concours
First in class &
Best of Show – People’s Choice
PCA Zone 1 Concours – May 19, 2002
Woodcliff, NJ

Jerry knows the rareness of the Speedster and the Speedster 50th confirmed it for him.
“While it’s not exactly known how many of the Carrera Speedsters still exist
today, there were probably 20 or so at the Speedster 50th Anniversary party
in Pebble Beach last year and cars came from all around the world to
participate.”
Check for Jerry’s Speedster the next time you are at a 356 show, you might not see another one anytime soon.

UPDATE: Jerry has found his original engine #90896
and is having it re-built to be re-united with his car, making this a special rare car!

—Adam

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