Porsche 356 B 1600

Porsche 356 B 1600

Coupé, 1961


  • Matching numbers
  • Original CA black plate
  • Original Royal Blue

This 356 B T5 was delivered new in August 1961 by Porsche Car Pacific San Fransisco to Veale Motors Inc.

Mr. Paul Wethington, the second owner of the car, purchased it in 1963 from Porsche dealership Truman Motors in El Cajon, California. His wife Fredda Wethington remembers the car at that time as having, “A light blue body and blue interior.” This suggests that the original color and interior were replaced very early in its history. (Two different blue paint colors are present and visible in small select areas beneath the current silver paint.)

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In the following years, the car was Mr. Wethington’s primary vehicle as he commuted to and from his home in El Cajon to the 32nd Street Naval Base in San Diego where he worked as a supply officer. He retired from the Navy in 1971.

The car remained in the Wethington family for 49 years (sitting in storage for 10 of those years after Mr. Wethington passing in 2001). In 2012, the car was purchased from Fredda Wethington by sculptor Jeffery Laudenslager, and sold shortly thereafter to broker Gary Basil of Escondido, California. In May of the same year, the car was purchased by Porsche collector Art Swanson.

In November of 2015, the car was acquired from Art Swanson by the past owner and transported in January of 2016 to Washington state. At that time, the car odometer read 06351.

Body and paint

The preservation is amazing. Beside a very little patch at pedal area and a cm repair at he tow hook area there is no rust and never had rust. The gaps are like they came out of the factory. All original isolation and body undercoating.

All matching panels with vin stamps.

The car was delivered in the sought after color Royal Blue (Königsblau). In its early life it was color changed already.

The paint is faded and has a nice patina.


The interior was original red. Changed to dark blue now.

All in good condition.


This “Notchnack” has a full matching drive train. All in good working order. The 60 Hp pulls strong without smoking or excessive leaking.


The matching numbers gearbox shifts smooth in every gear.

Most of the Hardtop coupes are converted to cabriolets. Which makes it rare collectors 356 today.

This 356 comes with:

  • US title
  • EU taxes paid
  • Partial Toolkit
  • Spare and jack
  • COA/Kardex
  • Hubcaps

Very rare 356 B T5 Hardtop Coupé

  • Matching numbers
  • Only 2 years made (2300pcs)
  • All original panels
  • Very dry Californian survivor

Factory Specifications:

  • Royal Blue 6012
  • Red leatherette

Factory options

  • Conti tires
  • Radio and antenna
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Year of construction: 1961
Initial registration date: August 1961
Model: 356 B 1600
Body: Coupé
Series: 356
Mileage: 80000 mi
Power: 60 HP
Cylinder capacity: 1,6 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Blue
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Silver
Matching numbers: yes
Condition: Accident-free
New / used: Used car
Ready to drive: yes
Car location: NLNetherlands

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