We've created this website to document the build of our Chesil Speedster. The Chesil Speedster is an accurate replica of the Porsche 356 Speedster. The Porsche 356 was designed by Ferdinand Porsche and was Porsche's first production two seater sports car. The early 356 used a number of Volkswagen parts from its Beetle model, including the engine. Chesil adopt a similar approach and their speedster uses a modified VW chassis and a custom fibreglass body moulded from an original 356 with integral steel sub-frame for added strength and safety.

Latest News
September 2010 - Front beam painted and test fitted (photos coming soon).

August 2010
- Brake line and fuel line added.

24.04.2010 -
Added sound deadening to floor pan.

04.04.2010 - Rear suspension prepared, paint touched up and torsion tubes Waxoyled.

01.04.2010
- Chassis inverted and painted as well as Waxoyled. Rear suspension taken apart ready for fitment of new parts. See the chassis page for the latest photographs.

09.03.2010 - After a fairly long drive to Dorset we now have the chassis. While we were there we were able to look around Chesil and check out a few of the builds that are under way. I was able to get a few photos of the finished cars and get some ideas for ours.

 
Chesil's premises
The workshop
Chassis in the van ready to go
 

26.02.2010 - The chassis is now finished and ready for collection from Chesil. The original VW Beetle chasiss has been stripped, jig shortened, fitted with new floor pans and framehead, sandblasted and painted. We opted for the independent rear suspension model for better handling.

26.02.2010 - I ordered a pedal box from Megabug, took it apart and had it sandblasted and powder coated in gloss black. See below for before and after pics. Megabug's service was first rate, with quick delivery and an easy to use website, the parts were in good condition but seemed quite expensive.

Pedals Before
Pedals After
     
 
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