The notchbacks actually started out from the factory as cabriolets. The first built 1961 Karmann notchback T5’s were Reutter cabriolets that had hard tops welded on permanently. A total of 2290 of these cars were built. These were the very first Porsche’s built by Karmann, but were not badged on the right side fender until the T6 models. The unique “Karmann hardtop” or “notchback” 356 B model was produced in 1961 and 1962. The 1961 production run was essentially a cabriolet body with the optional steel cabriolet hardtop welded in place.
The 1962 line (T6 production) was a very different design in that the new T6 notchback coupé body did not start life as a cabriolet, but with its own production design—In essence, part cabriolet rear end design, part T6 coupe windshield frame, unique hard top. Both years of these unique cars have taken the name “Karmann Notchback”.
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