1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Sunroof Coupe
Coachwork by Reutter
Chassis no. 113267
Engine no. P87483
1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Weber Carburetors
75bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*16 factory options including electric sunroof
*Porsche Certificate of Authenticity included
*Matching numbers 'Super' motor
*Rarely seen Heron Grey over blue upholstery
*One of the best driving 356 models
The Porsche 356B
Porsche's Type 356, introduced in 1948, is acknowledged to be one of the world's great sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356 evolved from a streamlined little aluminum-bodied coupe powered by a VW-derived, 46hp 1100cc air-cooled flat four to a powerful autobahn burner carrying a complex, two-liter four-cam boxer Carrera engine of 130 horsepower. Its steady development brought not only coupes, but luxurious cabriolets and more spartan Speedsters and roadsters, more than 76,000 examples in all by the time production ceased in 1965.
The 356B, produced from 1960 through 1963, represents the mid-point in this design's progression. In what is known as "T5" form, the B introduced new front and rear sheet-metal, while retaining the curved front trunk lid and rounded fenders of the 356A series. The B also added some features demanded by American customers, such as raised front and rear bumpers with over-riders to better protect the body from parking mishaps. The headlamps were raised, a larger hood handle added, and front vent windows appeared in the doors. Mechanically, the gearbox and drum brakes were upgraded. A new steering wheel and column refreshed the interior, along with redesigned rear seats. A "Super" model with raised compression added an extra 15bhp over the standard version, while the even hotter Super 90 added 30bhp a full 50% more power than the base car.
The Motorcar Offered
This highly desirable, electric sunroof equipped 356B Super is particularly compelling due to its impressive list of 16 factory-ordered options. According to its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this stunning Reutter-bodied 356B was completed on October 7th, 1960, a factory 1600 S (S for Super), denoting that it received the higher performance 75bhp engine as opposed to the standard 60bhp unit. Finished in subtle Heron Grey over Blue Leatherette upholstery from new, this elegant 356 must have been quite special to its original owner.
Comfort and convenience were clearly prioritized. In addition to the very rare and highly desirable electric sunroof option, this 356 was optioned with twin arm rests and headrests, a dimmable rearview mirror, a driver's side rear-view mirror, an electric clock, Blaupunkt 'Koln' radio with antenna and dual loudspeakers, Coco floor mats, and two fog lights. External enhancements included a factory-option chrome-plated luggage rack on the trunk and body trim strips, while the car's handling prowess was sharpened with a balance spring and a set of Continental tires wrapping ventilated chrome wheels.
Retaining its highly desirable matching numbers 'Super' engine, this 356B was a sound example prior to being given a bare-metal restoration that was completed in 2013. Presented in its original and spectacular color choice of Heron Grey, its occupants will undoubtedly enjoy the lovely new leather upholstery in blue. Complete with a tool set, fully detailed and very nicely presented throughout, this 356B is unquestionably desirable and is one of the most highly optioned examples we have had the pleasure to offer in recent years.