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Petrolicious Looks at an Expertly Restored Porsche 356 Speedster

A Porsche Speedster for a Ferrari fan.

On the newest episode of Petrolicious, the daughter of a master coachbuilder discusses her fabulous silver Porsche 356 Speedster.

Rosita Corato grew up surrounded by classic Ferraris. As the member of a fourth-generation family of coachbuilders, she was picked up from school every day in a different Ferrari. In that time, the Ferraris were designed not with a computer, but with a pen and paper, with hand-beaten and rolled aluminum over wooden bucks. Her father, the master craftsman at the shop, was spoiled for choice when it came to classic and contemporary Ferraris.

When he came home from work, however, it was not little models and toys of Ferraris that he brought with him. Instead, Rosita's father had a love for Porsches, specifically older 356s spanning back to the 1950s. Rosita grew up sharing the love of Porsches, valuing their simplicity, elegance, and robustness. While he may have loved Porsches over the years, he never got around to getting one of his own until 15 years ago when they purchased their first Porsche of their own, a ratty and worn down Porsche 356 Speedster.

The Speedster was rebuilt, with a few performance modifications made. Aluminum hood and doors were installed, with a close-ratio transmission and a massaged engine ensured the car was competitive in rallies and tours.

To that end, the Porsche is no garage queen, but instead is taken out nearly every day. "Many people think that a classic car is meant to be preserved as a memento, but I enjoy using it and experiencing it as much as possible," Rosita Corato said. "Even if this means coming home with a scrape or a dent here and there."

Take a look at the newest episode of Petrolicious in the video below, and see what makes Rosita's Speedster so alluring.