1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster

The Porsche Type 540 American Roadster enjoyed a brief lifespan with just sixteen examples being built. They were created at the behest of US importer Max Hoffman and West Coast Porsche dealer Johnny Von Neumann. The cars were built only for American export and the cars were never cataloged. The lightweight aluminum bodies were built by Glaser-Heuer Karosserie (along with a single steel-bodied example) and equipped with Porsche's 70 horsepower 1500cc engine. The completed package weighed 1,580 pounds. The doors were hollow, side curtains were used instead of roll-up windows, and other weight-saving measures were employed. Porsche offered alloy bucket seats, a split windscreen or a small plastic racing windscreen, a canvas top, headlamp stone-guards, and leather hood straps.

The early examples were given a single-grille engine cover. Later cars received twin-grille decklids and flared fenders. It is possible a third version may have been built, complete with enclosed rear wheel arches and a fixed windshield.

All examples were built for competition.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2018

Related Reading : Porsche 356 History

During the war Ferdinand Ferry Porsche and a handful of his proven, faithful employees had started work on development number 356 in their workshops moved to the town of Gmünd in Kärnten. The first design drawings were completed on 17 July 1947 and on 8 June 1948 the Kärnten state government issued a special permit homologating the car. Returning home after being held by the French as a prisoner....
Continue Reading >>

Related Reading : Porsche 356 History

The Porsche 365C has been named the number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s by Sports Car International in 2004. The Porsche 356 is still widely regarded as a collector car that has capably stood the test of time. There is some debate over which vehicle was the first official Porsche, the pre-war Porsche 64 being actually a VW racing automobile. The 356 was a sports car designed....
Continue Reading >>

Related Reading : Porsche 356 History

The Porsche 365C has been named the number ten on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s by Sports Car International in 2004. The Porsche 356 is still widely regarded as a collector car that has capably stood the test of time. There is some debate over which vehicle was the first official Porsche, the pre-war Porsche 64 being actually a VW racing automobile. The 356 was a sports car designed....
Continue Reading >>

1952 Vehicle Profiles

1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Glaser

The predecessor to the Porsche's iconic Speedster is this prototype Type 540 Sport Roadster powered by a 1.5-liter air-cooled flat-four offering 75 horsepower. It is known as the American Roadster because this was the intended destination for this mo....[continue reading]

1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Glaser

The Aluminum Competition Roadster, aka American Roadster, was Porsche's first purpose built race car. The Competition Roadster was lower, narrower, shorter and lighter than the coupe or cabriolet production models due to its hand-made aluminum body w....[continue reading]

1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Glaser

Chassis Num: 12336

The 540 was Porsche's first production race car, created at the behest of U.S. importer Max Hoffman and West Coast Porsche dealer Johnny Von Neumann. The American Roadster, was it came to be known, was built to compete in the F-Production Class in SC....[continue reading]

1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Glaser

A unique, end-of-the-run, steel-bodied version of an American Roadster bodied by the Heuer works.....[continue reading]

Roadster by Glaser
 
Roadster by Glaser
 
Roadster by Glaser
Chassis #: 12336 
Roadster by Glaser
 


Concepts by Porsche

Porsche Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
4,733
November 2019
6,326
October 2019
5,447
September 2019
5,213
August 2019
4,636
July 2019
4,956
June 2019
5,205
May 2019
5,010
April 2019
5,018
March 2019
4,779
February 2019
4,826
January 2019
5,419
Additional Sales Volume Data


Recent Vehicle Additions

Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Porsche
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)5,241
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Meteor (1,408,478)4,201
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)4,529
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,891
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)1,941
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)1,297
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,169
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)410
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)25
1948Chevrolet (696,449)Ford (430,198)Plymouth (412,540)4
1947Chevrolet (671,546)Ford (429,674)Plymouth (382,290)

Related Automotive News

ACURA NSX PRODUCTION SITE SELECTED IN OHIO

ACURA NSX PRODUCTION SITE SELECTED IN OHIO

05142013 - MARYSVILLE, Ohio Acura today announced that the all-new NSX supercar will be produced at a new Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a %2470 million advanced production facility...
Land Rover Celebrates 65 Years

Land Rover Celebrates 65 Years

- April 30th 2013 marks the 65th anniversary of Land Rover - Celebratory event showcases 65 years of Land Rover innovation - Around 150 heritage vehicles attend celebratory event at Packington Estate...
Jaguar Land Rover Debuts Three All-New British Vehicles At 2012 Los Angeles International Automobile Show

Jaguar Land Rover Debuts Three All-New British Vehicles At 2012 Los Angeles International Automobile Show

Jaguar Land Rover introducing three new vehicles with special focus on the U.S. Market High-performance 2014 Jaguar XFR-S makes its world debut All-new two-seat sports car, the Jaguar F-TYPE, make...
Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach Automotive Week: An Expression of Fascinating Design and Innovation

Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach Automotive Week: An Expression of Fascinating Design and Innovation

Historical Tribute to SL W194 Chassis No. 2, 7 and 11 among 300SL vehicles on display The Concept Style Coupé opens a new chapter and generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles AMG 45 year anniversary...
Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach: An Expression of Fascinating Design and Innovation

Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach: An Expression of Fascinating Design and Innovation

Historical Tribute to SL W194 Chassis No. 2, 7 and 11 among 300SL vehicles on display The Concept Style Coupé opens a new chapter and generation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles AMG 45 year anniversa...

© 1998-2020. All rights reserved. The material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2020 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.