<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145

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Superb recent restoration
1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Sold for US$ 167,200 inc. premium
Superb recent restoration
1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 154359
Engine no. 804145
1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
90bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Recent exquisite mechanical and cosmetic restoration
*Upgraded to Super 90 engine specifications
*Believed to have been in one single owner's care for over 40 years
*Excellent open-top Porsche for Concours, tours or rallies
*Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and restoration file


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 spectacular 356B 1600 Cabriolet was completed on November 30th, 1960, and was finished in the handsome combination of Ivory over red leather, similar to how it appears today. The smart Cabriolet body was constructed by Stuttgarter Karosseriewerk Reutter & Co, Porsche's preferred coachbuilder until they began producing their own bodies in 1963. This beautiful Porsche is believed to have had just three owners since new, with the second caretakers, Pamella and Rick Hallisey of Toronto, Canada, owning the car for over forty years. Clearly true Porsche enthusiasts, the Hallisey's would own other air-cooled Porsches over the years, most significantly a matching 356B Roadster that Pamella drove often. The couple would use the Cabriolet offered here around their summer home, keeping it in climate-controlled garage during the winter.

At some point in the car's history, the original 1600 engine was replaced with a period Super 90 unit, the most powerful and desirable of the pushrod engines offered in the 356B, putting out a strong 90 horsepower. The benefits of the Super 90 included the improved horsepower rating, significantly swifter acceleration, and an elevated redline thanks to a counterweighted crankshaft, as well as improved cooling and lubrication systems. The car's original, matching numbers transaxle is still in situ.

Purchased by the consignor some years ago, the smart 356 Cabriolet has since undergone a comprehensive, two-year restoration, where every effort has been made to return the car to as delivered condition. The restoration was performed by Billy Smilovsky, and his team at Ontario, Canada based Engineered Automotive. Mr. Smilovsky, a noted Porsche master technician, has worked for many years with Ludwig Heimrath as race crew chief on national level Porsche racing efforts. Along with a bare-metal repaint in the car's original Ivory finish after a careful acid-dip of the body, the 356 was fully reupholstered in the as-factory delivered red leather and interior trim. The Cabriolet's bright work and chrome, glass, rubber and seals where all refurbished or replaced. Mechanical aspects were also rebuilt and refurbished, including the Super 90 engine, transaxle, suspension and braking system. Included with the car is a meticulous cataloging of the restoration process and services performed, as well as its Porsche-issued Certificate of Authenticity.

This extraordinarily well-presented 356B offers a great opportunity to acquire a freshly restored show-quality example – and of course the 356B is a model well-regarded for rallies or driving events. Having had few owners from new, and showing less than 69,000 miles, this splendid example of the Porsche 356B Cabriolet is ready for its next caretaker.

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Footnotes

  • Please note, this car is titled as a 1961.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this car's engine oil is currently of the 'run-in' type. Regular engine oil should be filled after 1,000 miles.
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<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
<i>Superb recent restoration</i><br /><b>1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET  </b><br />Chassis no. 154359 <br />Engine no. 804145
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