This rare Porsche Speedster is a Honda City

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In the past, we have seen many replicas of luxury cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris. However, the replica of the Porsche 356 Speedster built by the Rusty Cashew Garage in Goa is something truly unique. It is a rare car that is not available in India or its neighboring countries. The original Porsche 356 Speedster sells for at least Rs 4 crore in Western countries, making this replica, which is both visually appealing and well-crafted, a true piece of art.

The replica was built using a Honda City Type-2 as the base vehicle. The engine is placed at the rear, just like in the original Porsche 356. It is powered by a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine from the City Type-2, coupled with an automatic gearbox.

Due to limited space, the car features double wishbone suspension with pushrod, and the subframe has been redesigned to accommodate the radiator and engine at an angle, ensuring optimal airflow. The replica pays great attention to detail, with features such as the front fuel filler and clamshell-style front and rear openings, all inspired by the original Porsche 356.

The front suspension also includes pushrod suspension, with shock absorbers sourced from the Bajaj Pulsar. Although it is a kit car, some elements are still a work in progress, such as fine-tuning the door mechanism. However, the ergonomics of the car are sorted and closely resemble those of the original.

Rusty, the creator of the replica, utilized 3D models to ensure that the body panels closely resemble those of the original Porsche 356. These panels are made of lightweight fiberglass, adding to the overall weight reduction of the car.

This rare Porsche Speedster is a Honda City

While certain modifications like changing the color, adding minor accessories, or swapping the engine are allowed within the limits set by the original manufacturer and with prior permission from the RTO for engine swaps, structural modifications are not legal in India. The Supreme Court of India and the Motor Vehicle Act specifically prohibit such changes from being used on public roads. However, modified vehicles can still be enjoyed on private properties, such as racing tracks or farmhouses, as long as they are not driven on public roads.