1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175

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Lot 61
1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET

Sold for US$ 154,000 inc. premium
1960 PORSCHE 356B 1600 CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Ruetter

Chassis no. 154251
Engine no. 604175

1,582cc OHV Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
2 Solex Carburetors
90bhp at 5,500rpm (see text)
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

* Upgraded to Super 90 specifications
*A numbers matching example
*Excellent open-top Porsche for Concours, tours or rallies
*Offered with a copy of its Kardex and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity



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 2nd, 1960, and was finished in silver metallic over red leather with a black top. 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 was dispatched new to Competition Motors in Los Angeles, arriving at the dealership on April 4th, 1961. According to its Kardex, the first recorded owner was Leo Wheeler of nearby Torrance. Further indicated on the Kardex are a pair of service visits in two days after arriving in LA and showing 569 miles on the clock and then again on July 5th of the sale year with 4,028.

By the mid-1990s the car was in Reno, Nevada with the late Porsche enthusiast Glen Lewis. Receipts on file show that Mr. Lewis kept good care of the car, overhauling the engine in 1994 and redoing part of the interior and top in 1998—among other more minor, regular repairs. Eventually, the Porsche found its way to the collection of Don Davis in Dallas, Texas. Davis sold the car to a Southern Californian in 2013 and the present owner acquired it at the beginning of 2016.

A few years ago the car was repainted in the present Silver-Blue by a 356 specialist in Laguna Beach, California and reupholstered by marque expert Thomas Pocious. Mechanical service was performed as well, including an upgrade of the original 1600 to Super 90 spec, 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. All of the changes were made to be completely reversible, if desired.

Nicely presented, numbers matching, upgraded to Super 90 spec, and complete with its original jack and owner's manual, this lovely Cabriolet is rearing to hit the open road.

Footnotes

  • This vehicle is titled as a model year 1961.
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1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
1960 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 154251 Engine no. 604175
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