1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592

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Lot 227
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600
Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592

Sold for € 97,750 (US$ 115,442) inc. premium
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600
Coachwork by Drauz

Chassis no. 87842
Engine no. 602592

Footnotes

  • Although Ferdinand Porsche had established his automotive design consultancy in the early 1930s, his name would not appear on a car until 1949. When it did, it graced one of the all-time great sports cars: the Porsche 356. Having commenced manufacture with a short run of aluminium-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupé at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then (from 1955) in its original factory at Zuffenhausen.
    The work of Ferry Porsche, the 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Regularly revised and updated, Porsche’s landmark sports car would remain in production well into the 911 era, the final examples being built in 1965.
    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 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 by Drauz, of Heilbronn. By the time the 356B arrived in September 1959, the car had gained a one-piece rounded windscreen and 15"-diameter wheels, and the newcomer's introduction brought with it further styling revisions and an engine now standardised at 1,600cc. Convertible D production later transferred to d'Ieteren, of Brussels.

    Cette version très rare et recherchée de Porsche 356 a été achetée à une succession en Californie, il y a deux ans. La voiture est équipée du moteur 1 600 cm3 développant 75 ch, et son dossier comporte le "Kardex" (certificat d'authenticité) de Porsche, confirmant que les numéros de châssis et moteur correspondent. De couleur grise avec sellerie cuir rouge, comportant des sièges inclinables, elle a été complètement restaurée en Europe, en utilisant des pièces d'origine Porsche (factures disponibles). Elle a depuis la fin de la restauration parcouru 3,000 km sans aucun problème et est présentée aujourd'hui dans un état quasi-concours.
    This very rare and highly sought after Porsche 356 variant was purchased from a deceased’s estate in California two years ago. The car has the 1,600cc 75bhp engine and comes with Porsche ‘Kardex’ (certificate of authenticity) confirming matching chassis/engine numbers. Finished in silver with red leather interior, the latter featuring reclining seats, it has been fully restored in Europe using original Porsche parts (invoices available). Since completion, the car has been driven 3,000 kilometres without any problems and is presented today in near concours condition.
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592
1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster 1600  Chassis no. 87842 Engine no. 602592
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