In accordance with the records on file, this 356 Coupe has been in Southern California since 1960. Records verified through the presence of the original Service Booklet and registration dating back to 1963. The first owner, James Weishuhn, took delivery of the vehicle on May 18, 1960, and it was sold by Competition Motors in Hollywood, California. The Warranty Policy page states that the book belongs to Chassis No. 111177 and lists No. 602364 as the matching engine number. Only the first two services, at 20 and 320 miles, were recorded in the booklet. Original registration cards tracks the possession from the first owner to Mr. McNeil in 1963 and then to Mr. Leonard in 1964.
By 2011, the 356 was purchased by Mr. Weissman and under his ownership, he began the process of making repairs and upgrades as necessary. On January 7, 2011, GS Eurowerk1 was commissioned to replace all fuel lines, repair the braking system, tune the engine, service transmission, detail the engine compartment, and complete a bare metal repaint. After the vehicle was repainted Mr. Weissman elected to replace seals, trim, and re-chrome the brightwork as necessary. Subsequently, the undercarriage and front trunk areas were stripped, recoated, and new weather seals were installed.
By 2014, ownership was transferred to the current owner who has maintained the vehicle for the past 9 years and has spent over $31,000 in receipts. On July 11, 2014, at 79,368 miles, Mike’s Foreign Sports, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, California performed an engine rebuild. The engine was reassembled and new main bearings and the piston and cylinders (Big Bore) were installed. The connecting rods were rebuilt, reground camshaft with factory lifters, and the cylinder heads were rebuilt with new pushrod tubes. The dwell, timing, linkage, and carburetors were synched and adjusted. Since the engine overhaul was completed the 356 has received routine maintenance every 3,000 miles. On April 18, 2022, the carburetors were disassembled and rebuilt with new carb kits and tuned. Most recently, at European Collectibles, the 356 has been fully serviced and detailed.
Mechanically powered by its matching 1600cc Normal flat-four engine producing 60hp that runs very well paired to its matching 741 manual 4-speed transmission with a four-wheel drum braking system. Complete with 356B owner’s manual, service booklet, Certificate of Authenticity, spare wheel, jack, and history going back to 1963. An excellent opportunity to acquire a well-maintained 356B finished in a very desirable color combination.