1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699

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Lot 333
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé
Registration no. KSJ 204 Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699

£ 25,000 - 28,000
US$ 34,000 - 38,000
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé
Registration no. KSJ 204
Chassis no. 109800
Engine no. 602699

Footnotes

  • 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 litres; 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 curved windscreen and 15” - down from 16” - wheels. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor while the engine - now standardised 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.
    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. Boasting the rare and desirable factory-fitted metal sunroof, this particular left-hand drive example was imported from the USA in June 1997 and subsequently restored by Roger Bray, of Whimple, Exeter. The car currently displays a total of just under 57,000 miles on the odometer.
    Chassis number ‘109800’ has enjoyed only three former keepers since arriving in the UK and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. Finished in red with black interior, the latter equipped with radio and cigarette lighter, the car is offered with service history, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2010 and Swansea V5 registration document. A nice, genuine, classic Porsche.
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupé  Chassis no. 109800 Engine no. 602699
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