Original European delivery
1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Roadster
Coachwork by Drauz
Chassis no. 088885
Engine no. 604614
Cabriolets had been manufactured right from the start of 356 production but the first open Porsche to make a significant impact was the Speedster, introduced in 1954 following the successful reception in the USA of a batch of 15 special roadsters. The Reutter-bodied Speedster was dropped in 1958 and replaced by the more civilised Convertible D, which differed principally by virtue of its larger windscreen and winding side windows. Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders, Convertible D production being undertaken initially by Drauz of Heilbronn. Introduced in September 1959, the 356B represents significant advances in driveability and comfort over earlier 356 models, and is a pleasingly quick way to enjoy the traditional Porsche values of quality, reliability and mechanical robustness.
Delivered new in Europe, this rare Drauz-bodied Porsche 356B cabriolet was ordered circa 2008 from one of the foremost Porsche specialist restorers - CPR Classic in Fallbrook, California - by Mr. P. van Schevensteen of Belgium. CPR Classic undertook a complete body off bare metal restoration down to the last nut and bolt with no expense spared, including up-rating the engine to 90bhp from the original 60 horsepower. The result is probably the best Porsche 356B roadster currently for sale. In 2010 the restored car was delivered to Mr van Schevensteen, who sadly died only a few months later, leaving the car to his son. By then it had covered only 600 kilometres and was, of course, still in perfect condition. Unfortunately, nothing is known of the cars history prior to Mr van Schevensteens short ownership.
Purchased in July 2011 by the last (lady) owner, the car remained in Belgium and has covered no more than 1,500 kilometres since the purchase. The present odometer reading is 2,100 kilometres, which is the total distance travelled since restoration. We are advised that the cylinder heads have been re-tightened as part of the running-in process, which now needs to be completed (see maintenance invoice from Bill Seitz Harlad).
Finished in Condor Yellow with superb grey/black cloth/leather interior, the car comes with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity listing the period options ordered for it: antenna, exterior mirror, ventilated chrome wheels and Conti tyres. Other noteworthy features include seat belts, tonneau cover, Porsche Sport steering wheel and a black mohair soft-top. Described as in concours condition and sounding wonderful, this fully restored Porsche 356B roadster comes compete with tool kit and is offered with a restoration file and photographs, Belgian registration papers and valid Belgian technical control.