Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330

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1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330

€ 140,000 - 180,000
US$ 160,000 - 200,000
Matching numbers and colours
1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 152823
Engine no. 85330
*Matching numbers
*Matching colours
*Body-off restored in 2012-2013

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Porsche sub-contracted cabriolet body construction to a number of different coachbuilders,
that offered here being the work of its close neighbour and collaborator, Reutter. A 1600 Super equipped with the 75bhp engine, this car was delivered new to the USA and imported recently into Belgium where it was subject to a complete 'body off' restoration in 2012-2013. Sold to the current owner only short after this restoration, it forms part of his private collection and has only been driven occasionally in summertime. The car is presented in the same excellent condition as when it came out of restoration and is ready use.

A beautiful example of the rare Porsche 365B 1600 Super Cabriolet, it comes with restoration photographs, Belgian registration documents and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirming matching numbers.
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Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
Matching numbers and colours ,1959 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Cabriolet  Chassis no. 152823 Engine no. 85330
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