One of 473 D'Ieteren-built T5 Roadsters
1961 Porsche 356B Roadster
Chassis no. 89155
Engine no. 604819
Recently rebuilt 1600cc engine to 356C specs
Four-speed manual transmission
Matching numbers example
California black plate car
Well-known chain of ownership
Rare Belgian-bodied Roadster by D'Ieteren
Among Porsche 356 aficionados, one of the most desirable models is the early 1960s "B" Roadster crafted by the Belgian coachbuilding firm of D'Ieteren Freres.
Not many examples of these beautiful little open-tops were produced, just 473 on the T5 chassis (some begun by Drauz, builder of the Convertible D) and 249 on the succeeding T6 with its revised body. Presented here is a very nicely restored D'Ieteren T5 "single-grille" Roadster from 1961 that has spent its entire life in the California Bay Area, and whose complete chain of ownership is known from new.
'89155' was first delivered to Russell Keil of Tiburon, California, who would become a fixture in San Francisco-area Porsche circles. Keil kept the car until 1989, when it was sold to Robert Bahr of Soquel, near Santa Cruz. In 1991, the car was sold to John Hagemann of Morgan Hill, and two years later, to architect Bruce Ross, Mayor of Tiburon, California and a serious Porsche enthusiast well-known for his vintage racing success in a Super 90 Coupe.
In 1994, Ross commenced a two-year cosmetic restoration, which included a respray in the car's original Ruby Red (6002). A new interior of tan leather with Oatmeal square-weave carpeting was installed by Autos International. Mr. Ross also purchased a new tan folding top, boot, and tonneau cover. In 1995, all of the car's brightwork was reconditioned or replaced. New rubber trim was sourced from International Mercantile. Mr. Ross replaced the clutch and overhauled the braking system, including new wheel cylinders and steel brake lines. The fuel tank was renovated as well. Other improvements included a set of retracting seat belts, a new Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio sourced from Denmark, "Open" bumper guards, a pair of correct Hella 128 fog lamps, a Hirschmann antenna, a Les Leston steering wheel, keyed hood release, an under-dash accessory lamp, and correct, date-stamped painted steel wheels with hubcaps.
In 2009, the Roadster was acquired by the vendor, who had the 1600cc Normal engine rebuilt to 356C specifications on its original three-piece case by Hi-Tech Auto of San Rafael, California. In 2011, the car was invited to the Carmel Concours on The Avenue. This handsome, numbers-matching, D'Ieteren Roadster, still wearing its original black California license plates, is offered with a Certificate of Authenticity, jack, tool kit, and manuals.