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Porsche 356 B 1600 GS Carrera GT

Porsche 356 B 1600 GS Carrera GT

Coupé, 1961

Highlights

  • Raced in period at the Macau Grand Prix
  • Restored by Serratini, Hloch and Reinbacher
  • Rare factory GT version of the 4 cam Carrera  

From the first moment Porsche started building their inaugural 356 model in 1950 it was used in competition. Its light weight, reliability and build quality set it apart and despite the limitations of its VW derived pushrod engine it was successful in races and rallies across the world.  In 1955 Porsche decided to do something about their power disadvantage and installed the newly designed four cam “Carrera” racing engine from the 550 Spyder into the 356 as a top of the range Carrera model.  A small number of these cars were prepared by the factory for racing and bore the now famous moniker “Carrera GT”.

The 1960 / 61 Carrera GT version of the 356 B boasted a long list of modifications over the standard road car.  To save weight the doors, engine lid and bonnet were made from aluminium rather than steel and the side windows were Plexiglass. The suspension was modified, the front brakes were larger, twin front oil coolers were fitted and the wheels had aluminium rims rivetted to steel centres.  The four cam engine had been evolved in both its design and capacity and offered 135 hp from its 1600cc

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Details

build date: 29 March 1961
chassis number: 115378
original colour: Metallic Silver
engine number: 96019 (now 95112)
engine type: 4 cam Typ 692/3A

  • rare factory GT version of the 4 cam Carrera
  • raced in period at the Macau Grand Prix
  • restored by Serratini, Hloch and Reinbacher
  • only 40 T5 Carrera GTs were made in 1960 and 61
  • the only known right hand drive example left in existence

When the car was discovered in Hong Kong, it had been crudely converted into a cabriolet so the work undertaken by Serratini to correct it was quite extensive. However the car retains much of its original inner structure, including its original aluminium doors. The 100 litre fuel tank is also original to the car.

The engine is a spare Type 692/3 four cam that was made by the factory in 1961 and which is correct for a 1960 T5 Carrera GT.  For 1961 these engines were updated to 692/3A specification and these upgrades have been made to this engine by Karl Hloch, the world’s pre-eminent Porsche four cam engine builder.

The gearbox is the one that was in the car when it was discovered in Hong Kong. It does not have any numbers on it but is the correct Type 741.

The car has been expertly restored to the exact specification and cosmetic appearance it had at the Macau GP in 1961.  It presents extremely well and is in unmarked freshly restored condition.

While all 356 Carreras are rare and desirable cars, the 1961 B Carrera GT is a very special animal indeed.  Built from lightweight materials and sporting Porsche’s most powerful racing engine of the time, they were in a different league to the most highly specified road car that the Stuttgart factory then produced.

Both pretty and purposeful at the same time, Carrera GTs have a unique look that acted as an inspiration for the California “outlaw” movement.  However they are about far more than appearance and the quality of their engineering surpasses anything that was being produced by the contemporary British and Italian competitors.  The Type 692/3A engine is a jewel and gives the car tremendous character.  The exhaust note, friendly at idle, hardens as the revs climb to the most terrific bark as it nears the 7,000 rpm red line.

For those concerned about the risk of racing a valuable four cam engine, this car affords a particular opportunity.  Having been supplied with a replacement pushrod motor by the factory in period, it could legitimately be raced with such an engine again.  Fifty years of continual development means that race versions of these pushrod engines now surpass the power outputs of the factory four cams.

In summary we think this little 356 has everything.  Rarity, history, looks, engineering pedigree and eligibility.  It is very much ready to go and compete in next year’s Le Mans Classic or Goodwood Revival.

 

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Specifications

Year of construction: 1961
Model: 356 B 1600 GS Carrera GT
Body: Coupé
Series: 356
Mileage: - km
Power: 135 HP
Cylinder capacity: 1,6 Liter
Steering: right
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Silver
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Metallic Silver
Condition: Fully restored
New/Used: Used car
Ready to drive: Yes
Country of delivery: Hong Kong SAR China

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