1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088

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Lot 39
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Sold for € 140,300 (US$ 155,143) inc. premium
1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet
Coachwork by Reutter

Chassis no. 154828
Engine no. 605088
•Delivered new to the USA
•Matching numbers
•Restored condition
•Registered on historic (H) plates in Germany

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-Hou

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 '154828' is a matching numbers example that was produced in March 1961 and delivered to Hoffman Motors in New York, USA finished in Ivory White with black leather interior. In 2013, the Porsche was offered for sale in California, USA and sold to a new owner in the UK where it was registered with the age-related number '262 UYE'. It was then completely restored by Antennae Car Restorations Ltd of London SW8, both mechanically and cosmetically, including the interior and soft-top.

In 2014, '154828' was purchased by the current Germany-based vendor. Since then the owner has spent another €40,000 with specialists Sportwagen Service Hamburg GmbH. Invoices for the following works are on file: overhaul of the electric system including new headlights and new rear lights; overhaul of the instruments and changing the speedometer from miles to km/h; new windscreen wiper mechanism; new battery; renewal of the heating system; brake overhaul; bodywork refurbishment including new under-body wax; and fitting new seals to the gearbox and engine, etc.

These works were finished early in 2016 when the car passed the stringent German TüV inspection. It is now registered with Historic (H) German registration papers. An accompanying specialist report dated 28th December 2015 states that the car is in 'Condition 2' (good) throughout. This superb 356B Cabriolet is offered with the aforementioned invoices, German Historic registration papers, German TüV, and the aforementioned specialist report. The car also comes complete with radio and spare wheel.
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
1961  Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super Cabriolet   Chassis no. 154828 Engine no. 605088
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