1963 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe
Chassis no. 124041
Engine no. P705781
1,582cc, 75hp flat four-cylinder motor
Four-speed manual transmission
Nicely restored to a high standard
Lovely Bali Blue color
Desirable period accessories
One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche and based on the Volkswagen designed by his father. Like the immortal 'Beetle', the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. In 1951 a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with Le Sarthe.
The first phase of development saw the 356's engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 liters; the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its rounded windscreen and 15" - down from 16" - wheels. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor while the engine - now standardized at 1,600cc - was available in three different stages of tune, the most powerful - apart from the four-cam Carrera - being the 90bhp unit of the Super 90.
Offered from the Oldenburg Collection, this delightful Porsche 356B was the recipient of a professional restoration some years ago and still presents well today. The body was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the original Bali blue and the interior re-trimmed in black with gray carpets, with new front/rear window glass, body seals and chrome. The cabin abounds in delightful period features, including a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. The exterior appearance was enhanced with deluxe hubcaps, an external rear-view mirror and dual exhausts. A thorough mechanical rebuild included the engine, transmission and brake system with a new exhaust system and clutch. Carefully and consistently maintained in the current ownership, this Porsche is an exceptional example of the popular 356B Coupe.