1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930

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Lot 221
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered Chassis no. P120930

£ 55,000 - 65,000
US$ 67,000 - 80,000
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. P120930
*California 'black plate' car
*Left-hand drive
*Up-rated wheels and rear suspension
*Recent body refurbishment

Footnotes

  • 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.

    Having commenced manufacture in 1948 with a short run of aluminium-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupé at its old base in Stuttgart, at first in premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then (from 1955) in its original factory at Zuffenhausen.
    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 the Circuit de 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. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor, while 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. In production until 1965, the 356 is where the Porsche legend began, and good examples have long been prized by collectors.

    The matching numbers Porsche 356B offered here is a last-of-the-line T6 variant featuring the face-lifted front end, larger rear window, and twin cooling grilles in the engine lid that were introduced on the model. A 'black plate' California car, left-hand drive chassis number 'P120930' appears to have been well looked-after over the years and had been re-sprayed in the USA prior to its return to Europe. Described as very good, the interior features front seats re-trimmed in black leather while retaining its original door cards, headlining, and electric sunroof, the latter a sought-after option. Dating from 1963, the 1600S engine is reported to be very responsive; the gearbox excellent, with good synchros; and the brakes effective. With its wider-than-standard wheels and rear-suspension negative camber kit, the car is said to handle well too. Well presented, the bodywork is described as in generally very good condition following recent work carried out on the floor pan by Le Riche Automobile Restorers of Jersey, Channel Islands to ensure that any rust points were eliminated. Engine over-oiling and a defective sunroof motor are the only issues notified requiring attention. Very well suited to use on European Rallies or Tours, this beautiful Porsche 356 is offered with a US Title document and recent invoices.
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1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupé  Chassis no. P120930
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