This rare and desirable Porsche 356 B T5 Cabriolet was believed to be delivered new to the USA in 1959, it was then imported into the UK from Texas in 2012. It is evident that the floor pan has been changed, and as such is a very solid car.
Currently running on a superb later 616/15 engine producing a much improved 75bhp from 1964 production year.
Extensive restoration work and conversion to right hand drive was undertaken in the UK on import. A bare-metal repaint was undertaken and painted in the finest Porsche-approved Glasurit Ivory White paint. The final finish was superb.
A new soft top was fitted together with carpets and extensive mechanical works were undertaken. At the same time, the then owner requested a conversion to RHD, utilising the original and correct Porsche RHD steering box and right hand dashboard. We have inspected the works and it has been carried out to the highest standard.
Subsequent to this, to ensure it presents in the best possible condition cosmetically and mechanically, the current owner has incurred £4,053 of mechanical works, £3,000 for paint protection film and detail, and a further £1,148 for interior leather colonising with us and another marque specialist.
An opportunity to buy a fully restored Porsche 356 B at the fraction of the cost of a right hand drive.
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This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
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MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The first Porsche 356 rolled off the production line in Stuttgart in 1950. Production ran until 1965 when manufacturing ceased, by which time over 76,000 examples of various model designations had been produced.
It was Porsche’s first production vehicle, with an evolution starting with the Pre-A, the 356A introduced in 1955, the 356B in late 1959, and the final series 356C introduced for the 1964 model year. In each form, they were built predominantly as either Coupe or Cabriolets. Although several variations were available as ‘Notchback Coupes’ or ‘Speedster and Roadster Convertibles’. Also available in limited numbers was the four-cam racing ‘Carrera’ version introduced in 1954.
The 356 was created by Ferdinand ‘Ferry’ Porsche (son of Ferdinand Porsche – company founder). In 1972, during a PCA magazine interview, he summarises his thinking behind the concept as: “I had always driven very speedy cars. I had an Alfa Romeo, also a BMW, and others… By the end of the war, I had a Volkswagen Cabriolet with a supercharged engine, and that was the basic idea. I saw that if you had enough power in a small car, it is nicer to drive than if you have a big car which is also overpowered. And it is more fun. On this basic idea, we started the first Porsche prototype.”
This lightweight approach quickly gained the 356 its popularity, and combined with its power-weight ratio, the rear-engined layout, nimble handling, and excellent build quality gave the 356 a proper driver appeal – a proven formula that also provided a class win at Le Mans in 1951. Power outputs varied between 40hp for the original 1131cc engine and 126hp for the later 1966cc Carrera versions.
The Pre-A or ‘prototype’ Austrian built 356s were aluminium bodied, but when manufacturing moved to Germany, Porsche contracted Reutter to manufacture the bodies in steel, and eventually bought the company in 1963. Reutter retained the seat manufacturing sector of their business, but later changed their name to Recaro – forming the company we’re much more familiar with today.
In October 1964, the 356’s successor, the iconic 911 made its debut – but its enduring popularity ensured production continued well into 1965.
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