The “America Roadster” No. 12336 is one of less than 20 special built Porsches specifically for U.S. racers thanks to the impetus of importer Max Hoffman and famed racer and dealer, John von Neumann. Neumann and Hoffman recognized the potential competition and sales success for a modified roadster in the burgeoning sports car crazed post-war U.S. and rallied the upstart German automaker to build a more competitive model than their standard 356. Josie von Neumann, raced this America Roadster after it was sold by her stepfather to entrepreneur John Crean. Josie took home victories in the America Roadster as she began her short career, besting many behind the wheel of some of the most significant European racecars in the 1950s California racing scene. The America Roadster helped launch Porsches success and longstanding heritage as a competition leader.
1952 Porsche America Roadster (Type 540 Aluminum Roadster)
National Historic Vehicle Register No. 34