1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105

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Lot 51*
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet
Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105

Sold for € 132,250 (US$ 146,242) inc. premium
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet
Chassis no. 155409
Engine no. 85105
One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche, who had been inspired by the FIAT-based Cisitalias of Piero Dusio. Ferry's 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. Introduced in 1948, the Porsche 356 set a new standard for small sports cars and proved adaptable to all forms of motor sport including circuit racing and rallying. 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 La Sarthe.

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 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. 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. Convertible D production transferred to d'Ieteren, of Brussels.

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.

Chassis number '155409' is a matching numbers example that has been completely restored and retains its original colour combination of silver metallic with black German canvas top, red leather interior and red German square-weave woollen carpets. The car was delivered in July 1961 to Raffay & Co of Hamburg for Mr Luther T Adams of Jacksonville, USA. Porsche Stuttgart's original invoice (dated 13th July 1961) shows a total price of $3,937.90 and mentions the following optional equipment: tonneau cover, two head rests, UHF-suppressor kit for windscreen wipers, Becker 'Europa' radio, two loudspeakers, antenna, anti-drone mats in red, chromed luggage rack and two pairs of shoulder straps.

The next known owner was David Holden of Corte Madra, California, who in 1991 contacted Porsche Classic GmbH for verification of the vehicle identification number. The Porsche was then subject to a complete 'rotisserie' restoration to the highest standards, which was carried out over eight-plus years by Vlados in San Rafael, California. It was then bought by Cars Dawydiak of San Francisco. In June 2005 Cars Dawydiak sold the car to Mrs Linda Goldrick, today CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, who used it only infrequently. Towards the end of 2010 the Porsche was again sold by Cars Dawydiak, on this occasion to the present owner in Switzerland, who has maintained it in its amazing, concours condition. The car is offered with the aforementioned Porsche documentation and the original invoice, owner's manual, service booklet, luggage rack and headrests.

Cette 356 B numéro de châssis 155409 est un exemplaire à numéro concordants qui a été entièrement restauré et reprend ses couleurs d'origine gris métal avec capote de toile allemande noire, son intérieur en cuir rouge et les tapis allemand en laine à maille carrée. La voiture a été livrée neuve en juillet 1961 à Raffay & Co à Hambourg pour M. Luther T. Adams de Jacksonville aux États-Unis. La facture originale de Porsche à Stuttgart (datée du 13 juillet 1961) affiche un montant de 3 937, 90 $ et mentionne les options suivantes : couvre-tonneau, deux appuie-tête, kit d'appui pour les essuie-glace de pare-brise UHF, radio Becker Europa, deux haut-parleurs, une antenne, deux tapis antiparasite rouges, un porte-bagages chromé et deux paires de bretelles.

Le premier propriétaire suivant connu était David Holden de Corte Madra en Californie qui, en 1991, a contacté Porsche Classic GmbH pour faire une vérification des numéros de série du véhicule. La Porsche à alors été soumise à une restauration du plus haut niveau qui s'est étalée sur plus de huit années chez Vlados de San Rafael en Californie. Elle a été ensuite achetée par Cars Dawydiak de San Francisco. En juin 2005, Cars Dawydiak a vendu la voiture à Mme Linda Goldrick, aujourd'hui PDG de la fédération internationale du diabète, qui ne s'en sert qu'occasionnellement. Vers la fin de 2010 la voiture fut à nouveau vendue par Cars Dawydiak, cette fois à son actuel propriétaire, en Suisse, qui l'a conservée dans son incroyable état concours. La voiture est vendue avec les documents Porsche mentionnés plus haut et la facture originale, le manuel du propriétaire, le livret d'entretien, le porte-bagage et les appuie-tête.
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1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet Chassis no. 155409 Engine no. 85105
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