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Porsche 356 B 1600 Roadster

Porsche 356 B 1600 Roadster

Roadster, 1960


  • one of the most original 356 Roadsters in existence
  • 100% original paint & never restored
  • fully mechanically sorted and ready to go

1960 Porsche 356B Roadster – Sports Purpose Limited 

This left-hand drive 356B Roadster chassis ‘88121’ is a Drauz bodied car delivered new to Max Hoffman Motors in New York before being sold to California.

One of 1,529 Roadsters built in 1960, it was first registered in June, and is recorded as having had only two owners from new in the US, both in the Los Angeles area.  It was brought to the UK in 2016.  Now registered ‘492 UYP’, the car has seen minimal use since arriving here, currently displaying a total mileage of just over 81,500 miles.  Still adorned in 100% of its original ‘Ruby Red’ paint, the car boasts a stunning and original patina.


United Kingdom

Sports Purpose
Unit 131 The MT Yard
Bicester Heritage
OX26 5HA Bicester
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The car has never been restored and retains all its original bodywork as evidenced by number stampings on the bonnet, engine lid and doors. There are also original ID tags located on the driver’s door hinge post and next to the petrol tank.

The car was subject to an extensive and sympathetic overhaul by leading Porsche experts Maxted-Page Ltd three years ago.  This work included a careful inspection and service of the engine as well as a strip and rebuild of the gearbox, flat down paintwork and polish and a MOT, at a cost of over £15,000 to the owner.  The car comes complete with its original tools and books.

build date: June 1960
chassis number: 88121
original colour: Ruby Red

  • one of the most original 356 Roadsters in existence
  • 100% original paint
  • never restored
  • meticulously overhauled by Maxted-Page in 2016
  • fully mechanically sorted and ready to go

Our thoughts
A direct descendant of the celebrated Speedster, the 356B Roadster undoubtedly retains much of the purity of that earlier, more stripped-down and track-focused model.  However, the Roadster is a far more practical proposition with its refined interior, taller windscreen, winding glass windows and cushioned seating.

With considerably fewer Roadsters produced in period, these cars are also a rarer commodity than the Speedster.

Still mechanically sound, its almost 60-year history is evident in each and every mark and bump of the bodywork and makes this a unique car that should be preserved in this wonderful ‘time capsule’ state.

It is a true reference car that we would be proud to own ourselves.

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Year of construction: 1960
Model: 356 B 1600 Roadster
Body: Roadster
Series: 356
Mileage: 81500 mi
Power: 60 HP
Cylinder capacity: 1,6 Liter
Steering: left
Transmission: Manual
Drive: Rear drive
Fuel: Gasoline
Interior color: Black
Interior material: Leather
Exterior color: Red
Manufacturer color code (exterior): Ruby Red
New/Used: Used car
Ready to drive: Yes
Country of delivery: United States

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