Lot 246 - 1973 13028 356 Speedster by Martin and Walker Technic
|Odometer reading||10,765 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £16,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,840|
The Martin and Walker Technic Speedster was introduced in 1997 to complement their 550 Spyder which has been in continuous production since 1987. It is built on the traditional and well proven shortened Volkswagen Beetle chassis using a GRP bodyshell with a bonded in steel sub-frame for additional strength and rigidity. During development of the sub-frame, particular attention was given to making sure the relationship between bodyshell and chassis would give the car the correct 'stance' without having to lower the suspension excessively which can cause undesirable geometry changes. Using their previous experience in restoring and owning many original 356 models, they have sourced many parts and accessories to enable them to build an accurate reproduction of this iconic Speedster.
This Technic example, based on a VW Beetle chassis and engine, was manufactured at the Martin and Walker factory in 1997, it was built as a demonstrator and also to be used in The Liege-Agadir-Liege International Touring Trial organised by The Guild of Motor Endurance and driven by Francie Clarkson (wife of Jeremy Clarkson) and was featured in The Daily Telegraph Motoring section, it still has the window sticker from the rally in the front windscreen. At that time the car was finished in yellow and being the demonstrator car it was built to a very high specification including an uprated engine of 1776cc. Since the rally, the colour has been changed to what is called an 'outlaw' style car, painted in two tone blue, blue leather interior with matching blue weather equipment. This Technic Speedster is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2014, copies of the Daily Telegraph articles, photographs of the build, old MoT certificates and a number of invoices. This Speedster recreation is in excellent condition throughout and is ready to be driven and enjoyed.
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