It’s a fake. A replica, an impostor and I don’t care, it’s fucking cool. So is Nick.
Mr. Maggio aka Mr. A Time to Get stopped by my office in Beverly Hills (it’s actually my business partner Ali’s office) while I was working out that way last week. Eventually the conversation turned to cars and Nick told me about his Speedster. Growing up in Ohio there was a guy down the street from me that had a white Porsche 356 replica built on a Volkswagen chassis that I always loved. Nick’s car was custom built on an original 1956 VW frame by the guys at Automotive Legends in California, who also make reproduction versions of the Porsche 550 Spyder and a 550 Coupe. Speaking of the 550 Mr. Maggio says, “[I] test drove the 550 Spyder and it was crazy FAST.”
Aesthetically speaking, Nick’s Speedster is totally on point — from the rich blue paint job to the wood steering wheel and the leather hood straps. Not to mention the 1962 Yale parking permit, which is also a recreation, but a nice touch.
When asked about his unusual (but great looking) choice for a daily driver, Nick contends his ride is the “ultimate recession car.” His rationale? “It’s 32 bucks a month to insure, gets 30 miles to the gallon and if somebody opens their door into me, I don’t care, I go buy another door.” How do people react when they see you driving down the street? “I get a lot of camera phone pictures at stop lights.” he says. “I bet,” I murmur, as I snap photos of the car.