1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster

Beauty is impossible to quantify and always difficult to rationalize. This car I find particularly beautiful. I have long enjoyed the Porsche 356 Roadster and we come across them from time to time, but there is something about this one that really grabs me. Much of this is down to the contrast of the Bali Blue exterior over the Red leather interior, a combination that I cannot recall coming across (nor was it original to this 356) but which works extremely well. The 356 Roadster was the successor to the highly sought after 356 Speedster, or to be more accurate it was the successor to the Convertible D, which was the successor to the 356 Speedster. It retains in spirit its Speedster roots, but adds a few creature comforts to help suit its purpose as a vehicle capable of everyday use though still somewhat spartan throughout. As a vintage open-top cruiser there are few cars whose style I enjoy more than the 356 Roadster and this one is an incredibly striking example of the model. Here we have a Bali Blue 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Roadster with Red leather interior, located in Houston.

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Year: 1960
Model: 356B 1600 Super Roadster
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Not listed
Price: $215,000 Buy It Now

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 S Roadster
Chassis No. 88574
Engine No. 87592

Beautifully Presented, the rare & desirable 356B “Super” Roadster
Numbers-Matching as per Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Books, Tools & Accessories – Well-Equipped for Touring or Casual Show
Quality fit and finish throughout and offered with factory Kardex

In 1959 Porsche introduced its successor to the popular Speedster model, the Convertible D. Very similar in styling, it featured a taller windshield, roll up windows and made for a comfortable and more practical everyday driver. For 1960, Porsche introduced the new “T-5” body style and the D was replaced by the Roadster, built by Drauz – The perfect compromise between the iconic sporty lines embodied by the Speedster and the more civilized refinement of the Cabriolet.

Bali Blue over Red leather upholstery and carpeting, this particular 356 could very well be considered the ultimate driver’s Roadster, well-sorted to casually show or frequently enjoy as-is. The Porsche received a complete professional restoration in years past and has benefited from regular maintenance and sympathetic care throughout the following years. The car displays great cosmetics and mechanical condition, typical of a properly-kept example. Factory optioned equipment include: antenna, cigar lighter, reclining seats, ventilated chrome wheels, electrical clock and 2 loudspeakers among others. The body and brightwork appear uniform and clean. The cabin is equally striking with supple upholstery, correct rubber flooring and period coco mats over flawless Cabriolet tarpaper insulation, proper Blaupunkt radio and working VDO clock. In fact, all electrical components on the vehicle work as intended. A black canvas top provides weather protection. Chrome vented wheels with “Super” hubcaps appear as new, with Michelin XZX tires. Rare yellow Hella fog lights, and Talbot mirrors compliment.

Front and Rear compartments are well detailed, with jack, concours correct tool roll with Messko tire gauge and spare assembly. The undercarriage is exceptionally nice, including the floor pans and longitudinals. A strong driving example, the Roadster still retains its original number-matching engine, supplying plenty of power to an equally smooth transaxle, resulting in outstanding road manners across the board. This car is well-suited for the true driving enthusiast and would make for an essential addition to any collection. Driver’s Manual and Porsche Certificate of Authenticity accompany. With modest numbers of the Roadster produced, opportunities to acquire this rare and practical derivative of 356 are infrequent, and here is a well sorted example of those few.

Originally delivered in Schwarz (black) over red interior and delivered new through Glockler Porsche in Frankfurt.

A Very Attractive and Nice Driving 356B Super Roadster

$215,000.00
Offers Welcomed

Full Resolution Photos: 1960 Porsche 356B 1600S Roadster

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The 356 Roadster has not been valued as highly as the 356 Speedster, though we shouldn’t take that as a denigration of the model since they are very valuable cars. But the Speedster, as the progenitor of that design for Porsche, should remain the standard-bearer on the market with the Roadster and Convertible D remaining behind. These points do suggest that this particular Roadster is probably priced too high. At $215,000 this isn’t a top-of-the-market asking price, but it is leaning in that direction and given that the paint is not its original color we probably would not expect that sort of value. It does look fantastic though and probably looks better now than in its original shade of Black so someone will be getting a very beautiful vintage Porsche for their money.

-Rob

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