The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche’s first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling, rear engine, rear wheel drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop, coupé, and open configuration. Over a 15-year production period, the 356 evolved from an aluminium bodied coupé with an 1100cc air-cooled flat-four engine to a 2,000cc four-cam Carrera engine producing 130bhp. The 356 “B” was produced from 1960 to 1963 and saw body changes that included a curved front boot lid and rounded wings compared to that of the 356A and new front and rear sheet metal. To comply with US-Federal specifications, the front and rear bumpers were raised and over-riders added. Other key changes were raised headlamps, larger door handles, upgraded brakes and some improvements to the cabin. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsport success and popularity which continues to this very day.
Originally supplied to its first owner in Culver City, USA in 1963, this superb 356B T6 Coupé has covered a minimal 28 miles since the completion of a professional, nut and bolt, restoration to exemplary standards of workmanship throughout. The gleaming Black paintwork has a shine so deep that you feel that you could dive into it, the panel gaps and shut-lines are factory perfect and the attention to detail in the matching black interior is remarkable. The dashboard, instruments and period radio present really well but, in the interests of originality, have not been restored.
Originally purchased by our vendor some years ago, as a partially completed project, the decision was taken to start again from a bare shell to ensure that the end product would be worthy of any detailed inspection, something that we encourage and welcome pre-sale. Sensible enhancements were included in the build such as a period-correct 1600cc ‘S’ engine, front disc brake conversion and 12 volt electrics with genuine Porsche parts being employed wherever possible.
This superb Porsche is now ready to be enjoyed once again, so fresh from restoration that a period of ‘running in’ would be advised. Rarely do examples come on to the market that have just had all the hard work done and are viable at a fraction of the build cost. As well as being a competent and sporting Coupé, this smart black 356 is a perfect representation of the late fifties/early sixties period that is absolutely in fashion at the moment, and this desirable example would be welcome anywhere.
“Strike while the iron is hot” as they say.
Lot Number: 0
Model: 356 B T6 COUPE
Registration Number: WTN374A
Chassis Number: 212019CA
Body Colour: Black