Anatole Lapine 1958 Speedster

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Anatole Lapine 1958 Speedster

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Speedster #83865 was sold to Porsche designer Anatole Lapine 1.4.58
Records state the exterior Color was 701 Black
Would anyone know the correct interior, carpet and top?
I believe it was red, black carpet and black top.
Interested to hear any facts or theories

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#2 Post by C J Murray »

Forum rules require real names for posting. Your location is helpful. Explaining your reason for asking would maybe encourage more answers.
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#3 Post by Terry Lawlor »

Sorry for not providing more detail.
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I live in Sydney Australia and have owned this car for 4 years now.
I did restore it but painted it grey and now I want to return it to what it was.

I know the exterior was black but want to find out the interior, carpet and top colors

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#4 Post by C J Murray »

I am surprised that is not on the kardex/coa. Maybe an email to the Porsche historian(?) would get you more information. They were able to tell me some interesting details about a factory test car that I owned.

Back in 2007 the contact was Marc Noack, marc.noack@porsche.de
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#5 Post by Terry Lawlor »

Thanks for that
Kardex states both exterior and interior "not recorded"
Will try your contact

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#6 Post by Mike Smith »

Black was obviously a designer fetish with Tony

His Carrera Coupe was Black/Black so there is a good chance that his Speedster was ordered the same way, or he could and I am sure would have changed it to what suited him.

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#7 Post by Dan Kalinski »

bliss wrote:Speedster #83865 was sold to Porsche designer Anatole Lapine 1.4.58
Records state the exterior Color was 701 Black
Would anyone know the correct interior, carpet and top?
I believe it was red, black carpet and black top.
Interested to hear any facts or theories

This car was indeed painted back. In fact, 83860-83865 were all painted black and were fitted with the 616/1 engine save for 83863 which was 616/2 for the power plant.

Out of the entire production run of Speedsters, 141 were painted black.

Don't have the information for paint/interior color for black cars, just for Red/Beige, Red/Black, White/Black, White/Red, Blue/Red, Blue/Beige

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#8 Post by Chuck House »

If it's of any help, my '58 Speedster originally was black with red interior and oatmeal carpet. Carpet had light tan vinyl binding, sort of matching the carpet color. Seat piping also red. As far as color combinations, it doesn't get much better IMHO.
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#9 Post by Bill Cunningham »

What is the best way to find original build sheet, history, etc for 83860 Speedster? New to the site. Thanks!

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Welcome to the forums, Bill. Email sent.
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#11 Post by Bill Cunningham »

Thanks Wes! I'll definately check out your suggestion!

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#13 Post by Dan Macdonald »

As I remember, the famous designer's Speedster was black on black.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
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#14 Post by Vic Skirmants »

Lapine was born in Riga, LATVIA. When Betty Jo Turner called him "Russian born" in an article for Porsche Panorama, I sent her a terse letter correcting her and pointing out the classic Latvian men's ring he was wearing. She wrote back and said mine was about the most civil letter she received; don't tick off an old Latvian.

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#15 Post by Brian R Adams »

Vic Skirmants wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 7:29 am Lapine was born in Riga, LATVIA. When Betty Jo Turner called him "Russian born" in an article for Porsche Panorama, I sent her a terse letter correcting her and pointing out the classic Latvian men's ring he was wearing. She wrote back and said mine was about the most civil letter she received; don't tick off an old Latvian.
That's for sure. I worked with an elderly Latvian fiddle player named Lapenson in the 1970s, who went on tilt when mistaken for Lithuanian, Russian, even German or Scandinavian. In his adopted San Francisco he was quite a well-respected violinist.
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