Imagine how the sportscar landscape might have been different if the Porsche 356 had not been the great little car it ended up being. It could have been — after all, the Volkswagen it was based on, though a well-built and utilitarian machine, it was not exactly a performance monster. Dispite sharing DNA with that everyman’s car, the 356 was an enthusiast’s car. And when the topless Speedster came along, the sportscar essence was further refined, establishing a cabriolet tradition that is a large part of Porsche’s image today. AUTOart’s 1:18 model of the 356A Speedster in classy silver is a great way to get your own piece of Porsche’s history.