The Porsche 356 Speedster is the emblematic luxury sports car that was first produced in Austria in 1948 and from 1950 on-wards in Germany, becoming a timeless status symbol and landmark of German automotive engineering. The Porsche that preceded today’s 911 model offered nimble handling and responsive controls that make them a treat to drive, unlike some of the behemoths with which they shared the road when new. Said to be the 356th project of a German engineering company established in 1931 by the genius behind the original Volkswagen, Ferdinand Porsche, the original Porsche car was more or less a hot-rod Beetle, a reliable but sporty vehicle shaped like an inverted bathtub. Ferdinand Porsche had always wanted to build a sports car, and basing one on the design used for the lowly Beetle was a good way to get it done on a modest budget.
Cathie is a FIVA certified exact recreation of a 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster by Replicar Hellas. Compared to the original it features marked improvements in build quality and a tuned engine based on the original T1 engine. The engine displacement was increased from 1600 to 1915cc and fitted with upgraded twin-weber carburetors. The engine now produces 110HP, 47% up from the original 75HP. This jewel of an engine now breathes through a larger twin-exit sports exhaust good for a great noise and spitting little flames on shift-down. The quality of an RCH recreation is unrivaled. There is no comparison. There are very few experiences in life beating a summer drive with Cathie on beautiful open roads.
is an automotive company specializing in replicas of old Porsche models. The models are manufactured from scratch in the company’s factory in the northern town of Katerini, Greece, without the use of ready kits from abroad. Replicar Hellas manufactures two cars per month and the average waiting period for an order is six months. With exceptional build quality, and high-end materials used in every single one of their cars, they have managed to achieve fantastic mechanical and aesthetic results.
Replicar Hellas owner Elias Gaganelis grew up in Germany and studied automotive engineering. He has many years of experience working for German automakers. When he decided to repatriate, he brought with him the expertise acquired in Germany. Along with his life dream to build these exquisite models. He started Replicar Hellas in 2008.