1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe

I don’t know what we’d consider to be the opposite of the 930 Slantnose Cabriolet I posted previously, but among Porsches this must be about as opposed as we can get. This is an Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe with a Grey leatherette interior and Corduroy seat inserts. Whereas the Slantnose is all hard lines and somewhat preposterous proportions, the 356 is vintage charm and elegance. Both of these cars will grab the attention of Porsche enthusiasts, but for completely different reasons. I imagine driving either one would elicit rather different emotions as well.

While this 356 certainly has more miles on it than that very-low mileage Slantnose it nonetheless presents in rather good condition. This is a restored example so that must be taken into account, but the work looks good and it’s wearing its original colors. Given that it’s up for auction without reserve we also know that it should be making its way to a new home and hopefully for a reasonable price.

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1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe

A couple of weeks back I posted a Champagne Yellow 1969 911E that looked reasonably good, but definitely was in need of some work. The exterior color was a bit muted and didn’t really hint at the way it can shine. That problem is entirely solved on this 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 SC Coupe, located in New York, with Dark Green leatherette interior and a little over 61K miles on it.

This 356 has been fully restored and provides a clue as to how we could expect that 911E to look (at least on the outside) were it too to undergo a restoration. The paint shows much brighter and deeper, though it’s still a softer yellow rather than one of the very bright yellows in the Porsche catalog. The dark green interior makes for a very interesting contrast. Not only would I not normally consider green as an interior color, but I’m not sure I’d ever think to pair it with a yellow exterior. It makes for a lively combination though, which we can really see in the interior where the two colors come together along the dash. It’s definitely unusual, but also quite pretty.

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1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe

I want to turn back the clock from yesterday’s very pretty Aetna Blue over Bordeaux Carrera 4S to see a somewhat similar early example of that color combination. Admittedly, the comparison here isn’t exact since the colors are not precisely the same, but I think we still get a sense of the way these colors work on a vintage Porsche and a sense of the inspiration for that modern example. Here we have a Meissen Blue 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 Reutter Coupe, located in Houston, with a Red leatherette interior. On this 356 the shade of blue is a little lighter and the shade of red is a little brighter. Nonetheless, we end up with an equally pretty Porsche and one that surely would be a prized part of any collection.

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Paint-to-Sample 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 C Reutter Cabriolet

It appears my attempt to stay within the realm of good value has only lasted a day. We’ll try again tomorrow. In the meantime here’s something very unique: a paint-to-sample Orange 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 C Reutter Cabriolet. It is said to be the only one produced in this color for the 1965 model year. I can’t confirm that myself, but it is one of only two 356 of any model that I’ve seen painted Orange. The other, while also a Cabriolet, was from 1955 so it certainly doesn’t impact the 1-of-1 status of this 356. It has been fully restored and that eye-popping orange looks stunning on the 356’s curves. There were a good many bright colors available during 356 production, but I don’t think any would be as head turning as this.

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1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe

I’ve been looking at a lot of new blues among Porsches lately. Or sometimes old blues on new cars (and I haven’t even posted all of them!). Let’s turn the clock back to look at an old blue on an old car. These are always fun to revisit if for no better reason than as a data point for those considering their paint-to-sample options. It’s always worthwhile to see what these very rare colors look like on an actual car. We’ve even had the pleasure of seeing this particular vintage blue on a recent GT3 RS. All the better for understanding our options.

Here it is on its original model: an Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B 1600S Coupe, located in Long Beach, with 120,200 miles on it.

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1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

While I seldom remove the top on my convertible to enjoy some open top motoring I do occasionally yearn for those days. My favorite time of year for doing so has always been in the Fall. Living in one of the more humid parts of the country, Fall weather brings with it a welcome crispness and obviously the array of colors on display just above you in the trees makes even the dullest of roads much more enjoyable. Combine a good road with that crisp air and the fall colors and you have some of the best driving you can find.

The only way to really increase the greatness of that natural beauty is to enjoy it in a car that is equally as beautiful. Here we see just that: a Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, located in New York, with Tan interior and a stated 21,804 miles on it. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab the keys and head out to the mountains for some driving.

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1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D

Over the weekend I looked at a pretty nice 911 Speedster up for sale. It was, as usual, very expensive, but also quite desirable. That Speedster, of course, hearkens back to the ethos of the original 356 Speedster though it is far from as spartan a ride as those very early Porsches. In fact, we might see the 911 Speedster to have greater relation to the Speedster’s successor, which is the car we see here: the Convertible D.

The Speedster was a sales success for Porsche as a gentleman’s racer: a car that could be used during the weekly commute, but then on the weekend with its stripped down features it just as easily proved to be a capable car around the track. That said, it may have been too spartan for such dual purpose. It sold well initially and then those sales slowed. Porsche then introduced the Convertible D, which added a few creature comforts back. It borrowed a standard set of seats from the 356 Coupe to replace the Speedster’s hard buckets and raised the windshield height just a bit. It even gave you the option of winding the windows. Such luxury! The Convertible D was a little bit of a compromise, but these were still pretty much no frills open-top cars.

Like the Speedster the Convertible D remains very desirable, though a few notches down the value scale. The one we see here looks absolutely beautiful: a restored Meissen Blue 1958 Porsche 356A Convertible D, located in Colorado, with Red interior.

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1961 Porsche 356B 1600 S Reutter Cabriolet

It is quite rare to see most any vintage car on the roads. I think that shouldn’t be much of a surprise. It means, of course, when we do see one it can be a nice treat. The Porsche 356 is just such an example and until recently I could not have told you the last time I actually saw one being driven. (I won’t count the dilapidated one I saw in a mechanic’s parking) A few weeks ago it just so happens that one drove right by me. I could hear it coming and as most any car enthusiast does my ears immediately perked up as I knew from the sound that something pretty interesting was approaching. I was delighted to see it was a 356 Coupe, and even better it looked in phenomenal shape. While in pictures the 356 Coupe can look a little bubbly and almost rotund, in person the proportions look perfect with little wasted material.

Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for a nice 356 to come up for sale. While not a Coupe, I really like this one. This is a Royal Blue 1961 Porsche 356B 1600 S Reutter Cabriolet with Light Grey interior. The condition looks quite good and the exterior color is fantastic. Like a lot of bright colors this one shows wonderfully on the 356.

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Year: 1961
Model: 356B 1600S Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 46,122 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($129,995 Buy It Now)

1961 Porsche 356B T5 Reutter Cabriolet with excellent factory Royal Blue/Light Grey color combination: Owned by a retired executive in Santa Rosa for the past 20-plus years. Restored over 10 years ago to COA specifications. Beautiful condition in and out, includes matching factory hard top. Engine is a correct Super 1600, not the original case. Extensive receipts and records, including receipt rebuild 5000 miles ago. We rebuild the front end (all new bushings) and installed new tires. We go to extents to document our cars in pictures and provide the most transparent listings on Ebay. Please study the pictures carefully rather than requesting descriptions. Please complete any inspections or ask any questions prior to bidding or committing to buy the car. Thanks for the interest!

I do love the way this seller presents their cars. While there is no substitute for seeing something in person, here at least we are provided with pictures of almost every part of the vehicle and from just about every angle. We get a lot of the details, both underneath as well as inside. If we wanted to quibble, a little more thorough description might be useful, but the pictures do a fine job of telling the story. We are told that this 356 has been restored, the engine is correct rather than original, and that the current owner has had the car for at least the past twenty years. We also see a decent size stack of records.

Generally speaking this is a very fine looking 356 that looks well restored. Everything looks in great shape and ready for a new owner. It also comes with a matching factory hard top, which is a nice bonus though I can’t imagine anyone would spend much time driving this car in any other than pristine top down conditions. So you may never use the hard top, but it’s there if you want it. For top down cruising it’s hard to think of many things better than a vintage automobile and the 356 is a wonderful example of that breed.

-Rob

Heron Grey 1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Sunroof Coupe

In truth, when I first came across this Heron Grey 1961 Porsche 356B Sunroof Coupe I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to feature it. All vintage cars are somewhat niche vehicles and the 356 is no different. An early 911 attracts attention because of the long history of the model. With the 356 sometimes people notice, sometimes they don’t. Their relationship to the 911 is easy to see, but still they remain separate and possessive of their own admirers.

The more I looked at this one the more impressed I became and the more I loved the subtlety of the color palette. I’ve said before that subtly different shades of familiar colors are always interesting to me because it is in those little differences that we really begin to appreciate a particular color. I have never seen Heron Grey before. At first I thought it was Ivory; it isn’t very different from Ivory. But it isn’t Ivory as it has a slight tint of grey that gives it its name. The interior perhaps is even more interesting:

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Year: 1961
Model: 356B
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 92,036 mi
Price: $169,900 Buy It Now

1961 Porsche 356 Sunroof Coupe’
VIN: 115159
Exterior Color: Reutter#739 Heron Grey
Part of private collection – Matching Numbers – Truly Breathtaking car

Hundreds of photos available. Call (770) 460-1300 for more information and details – Facility Hours 11AM-7PM Mon-Sat – or via email: Sales@GearsMotorsports.com Many detailed images including the longitudal areas, radio serial number, windshield decal, inner sunroof latch etc . . . . eBay limits images to 24 thus if you require such images please request accordingly

This is a pristine California survivor which was, in addition, completely restored in 94-95. Stored in a climate controlled environment and to our knowledge, having loving owners, has not been in the rain since restoration. The car has a history of Concour’s or event wins including “Best Closed 356” , “Best Overall 356” and “First Place” wins both prior to and during more recent ownership . The engine bay metal and even the fuel tank have mirror black finishes.

As we develop our new store/service center, the car is on display at one of our interim Atlanta dealership locations showroom. Due to security this store is not open to the public outside of appointment. She of course gets far more attention than any of the exotics on display . . . regardless of make or price point.

Records and receipts include 1995 restoration documentation at considerable cost as well as a letter of Affidavit re complete restoration to include, but not limited to: Complete body restoration – to bare metal, All new: Rubber, Chrome, Full leather interior (advised made in Germany specifically for the car), original German Carpets, Complete mechanical restoration of Engine, Transmission, full brake and suspension. She’s exudes perfection right down to the decals on the shocks.

Documents also include maintenance records back to 90’s Restoration as well as over 22k in recent (time mandated) maintenance/services including a complete engine rebuild/reseal inclusive of Nikasil cylinders, new fuel lines/filters electronics and more as well as complete service of braking system, new wheel cylinders, master cylinder, suspension/sway bar bushings gaskets and more.

The carburetors mounted are currently Delort’e (maintenance free ) having custom spun aluminum plates fitted to mount OEM Knecht’s. While included are the original Solex carbs/Black OEM standard Knechts (Included with sale), owner(s) have maintained the current configuration as the car cranks instantly without the need of choke and the power and response is nothing short of perfection. Included in the Buy-it-now price is an additional set of OEM mesh Knechts (pics) which were reserved for concour’s use only.

Prior Owner(s) have addressed a few minor details during ownership. At considerable cost a near perfect original Blaupunkt Frankfurt E-Series Radio (1961) was secured, rebuilt with any needed tubes etc. It is fully functional. Additionally, there is also a very tasteful stealth mounted Nakamichi head unit in the glove-box with Infinity Premium speakers behind the early covers/grills. The removable audio system is powered by equipment trayed inside/under the passenger footboard which was professionally engineered/designed for this specific purpose. (This may be removed for shows / Concours events and sale includes the original fittings i.e. glove-box liner original footboard). The system is very impressive and can be reviewed by contacting the store accordingly. Other small touches include, Custom fit Coco Mats, luggage straps, inner windshield shift pattern decal, period correct valve caps etc. . .

Of course, while she resides in a climate controlled bay and rarely driven the basic maintenance has always been addressed bi-annually. G.E.A.R.S® typically runs Brad Penn Green Oil in early Porsche’s as it has the Zinc/ Phosphorus needed by these early engines. The oil/filter are, of course, new. Additionally, the wires/cap etc are always kept brand new for shows.

There are many extras as the icing on the cake for the new owner much of which is listed below. The tool kit is complete, pristine and is maintained sealed in plastic.

There are no issues with this rare 356. Yes, the engine bay is that clean. This being said, a couple of ground rules are merited here . . . please, our staff is not in need of a history lesson, directives re authenticity, someone to “market” her for us nor will the staff entertain car bashers. If you want to flip it to your “customer in Europe” then buy it and add your fee . . . please dont ask us to facilitate your profit margin nor draw up falsified documents to circumvent VAT/Taxes. Additionally, If you have “0”, unpaid buyer or no feedback please contact the store before buying. If you are an international customer we have solid relationships re shipping facilitation and the process will not only be safe it will be cost effective.

Car includes the following additional items only at the Buy-It-Now listed price.

• Both sets of wheels*:
5 ½” Wheels with Pirelli Tires mounted (Currently Mounted – As Pictured)
4 ½” Wheels with (then new) Kléber tires mounted (see images)
• Additional set Knecht Air Cleaners (period correct – with no upper return hose ports)
• Assortment of new small extra parts i.e. small rubber seals , amber/solid red (US/Euro) lenses etc
• Fitted High Quality Soft Car Cover
• Pristine Tool Kit, Towel and Tire Gauge
• Vintage Set of Marcal Period Correct Driving Lights and Brackets
• The Second Passenger Foot Board As Well As The Original Glove Liner For Concours
• Complete Records Since Bare Metal Restoration in 1995
• Affidavit Of Bare Metal Complete Restoration
• Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
• Recently Re-chromed Luggage Rack As Pictured Mounted In Indoor Both Photos
• Vintage Luggage Rack Belts As Well As Newer Aged “wide” Luggage Rack Straps
• All Keys / Cases / Books
• California Historic Plates 59’ With 61’ Decal
* The wheels currently mounted were custom made from early 5½” wheels, disassembled, chromed and welded back together in CA then matched to Perelli P3000’s (NOA-The store purchased several sets prior to discontinuance) which have always been one of our first choices for the driving application for 356’s.

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Like with any 356 that lovely Heron Grey paint adorns the painted dash and provides an excellent contrast to the rest of the interior. At first glance, I thought the seating was black. Again, a fairly standard color. Looking further I realized that was incorrect: the leather is a dark green, specifically Jade. Combined with the painted dash and the tan carpets the whole interior is simply fantastic. An Ivory over Black 356 in nice shape would be a pretty car, but I don’t think I’d give it too much notice. Heron Grey over Jade. That’s something else entirely.

In addition, the condition looks phenomenal. Everything is clean and crisp with no apparent wear. The restoration must have been top notch and its care since restoration on an equally high level. The sellers haven’t provided us with the documentation to verify the originality of what we see, but a CoA is said to be available along with complete records since its restoration more than 20 years ago. The asking price is very high, there is no question about that. You can find plenty of 356 coupes for a lot less money. But those won’t be in this condition and the colors may not be as nice. I still don’t know if it will sell at this price, but I’m sure it will be worth whatever high price it does receive.

-Rob

1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe

When we feature the Porsche 356 the point isn’t typically about performance. And, in a certain way, it isn’t about performance here either. But like the Speedster and its lightweight no frills philosophy the 356 Carrera 2 brought with it a more performance-oriented mindset and in its day was very much so about performance. The Carrera 2 featured a larger 2.0 liter flat-4 four cam engine producing 130 hp, which gave it a significant boost in power over its 1.6 liter siblings. Add to that disc brakes at all 4 wheels and you had better stopping power to rein in those extra horses. These were a technologically sophisticated model that provided Porsche’s customers with some of the best performance available all the while sporting the same elegant curves of every other 356. The one we see here comes in the particularly wonderful color combination of Oslo Blue over Tan.

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