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Rj Wilmoth
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Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#1 Post by Rj Wilmoth » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:18 pm

Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

I have this “PORSCHE” Speedster/Roadster dash script. It is much heaver/thicker than others that I have seen. The lettering looks like it was machined from a solid piece. threaded tabs.

Can someone identify this for me?
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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#2 Post by Neil Schlabaugh » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:14 am

This is the 1st version of dash script. I don't know exactly when it was phased out but I am thinking somewhere in '55. Someone here will be able to narrow it down for you tho. Its an uncommon piece for sure. BTW the background around the letters would have been black when new.

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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#3 Post by Rj Wilmoth » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:35 pm

Thanks for the info, especially the ‘black background’. Hopefully someone will post a picture of a good one. I had looked for pictures of Pre A Speedsters before I posted it, but couldn’t find a close up of the dash.
No idea why the 1st picture is duplicated, and I can’t figure out how the remove it.
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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#4 Post by Donald Zingg » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:41 am

The first version Speedster dashboard scripts were individually machined. Around March 1955 that script was replaced with the familiar lighter-weight cast emblem with pebble-effect field around the PORSCHE name. When Speedster production started in autumn 1954 the first version dashboard script was gold/ silver plated just like the later version. The black field Neil mentions was unique to the pre-production cars. The dashboard scripts were treated that way so the PORSCHE name would be clearly visible in the B&W factory publicity photos seen in early sales brochures. But from the beginning the design plan specified gold/ silver plating.
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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#5 Post by Spencer Harris » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:07 pm

Rj Wilmoth wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:35 pm
No idea why the 1st picture is duplicated, and I can’t figure out how the remove it.RJ
You must be logged in to the site.
You should see a series of buttons top right of your post:
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Click on the pencil button on the left.
The edit screen will open and you can backspace to delete one of the attachments titled:
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Click on submit and the post should show only one picture.
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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#6 Post by Rj Wilmoth » Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:19 pm

Donald Zingg wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:41 am
The first version Speedster dashboard scripts were individually machined. Around March 1955 that script was replaced with the familiar lighter-weight cast emblem with pebble-effect field around the PORSCHE name. When Speedster production started in autumn 1954 the first version dashboard script was gold/ silver plated just like the later version. The black field Neil mentions was unique to the pre-production cars. The dashboard scripts were treated that way so the PORSCHE name would be clearly visible in the B&W factory publicity photos seen in early sales brochures. But from the beginning the design plan specified gold/ silver plating.
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Thanks for the great info.
Now all I have to do is get it re-plated in gold, paint the background black, claim it’s from a pre-production Speedster, put it on evil bay and retire to Boca! (just kidding)

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Re: Pre-A Speedster Dashboard Script?

#7 Post by Rich Peters » Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:32 pm

Hmmmmmm, verrrryyy interesting!
Thanks Don a minor detail you forgot to tell me about eh?!! :shock:
Of course you may not have known I bought the early type several years ago.
And.....get this, it may have been on #200 originally! WHAT!!!!! No kidding.
I'll paint it black sometime in the future. Looks kinda cool w/black background.
More great information from our friend and book of knowledge Mr. Don Zingg....the Zinger!!

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