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1960 Porsche 356B Roadster

I think we’re all pretty familiar with the 356 Speedster, one of the most iconic of the vintage Porsches, as well as one of the most valuable. It was one of Porsche’s first forays into providing a car to its clients that combined everyday drivability with weekend racer utility. The Speedster eventually was phased out as demand waned, but even after its departure not everyone wanted the full cabriolet with its modest rear seating and extra luxuries. Enter the 356 Convertible D: if the Speedster was the no-frills weekend racer, the Convertible D simply added the frills back in. Still a two-seater, but now with a standard non-removable windscreen, the top was a bit more functional and the interior provided the sort of comforts more suited to cruising than racing. This was still a Porsche so it came with the same pedigree and ability, but it was no longer stripped of creature comforts. Released in 1959 the Convertible D was then renamed the 356 Roadster in 1960, but otherwise remained mostly unchanged. By 1963 the Roadster was gone altogether. The example we see here comes from that initial year these took on the Roadster moniker: a Silver 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Miami Beach.

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Year: 1960
Model: 356B Roadster
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 31,326 mi
Price: No reserve auction

1960 356 Roadster/Speedster Silver with Red Interior and Black Top, 89,900 miles, MATCHING NUMBERS CAR WITH COA

Body: complete rust free (see photos) we have welded a new battery section in.
Paint and chrome are in good condition, very nice color combination: silver metallic with red interior.

Interior: very clean red interior with original Porsche pockets in door panels, red German Square Weaved carpet kit, Moto Lita wood steering wheel with Porsche emblem. Soft top with boot in good condition. Luggage rack, spare tire, belt, owner’s manual and tool kit.

Mechanic: perfect running/driving car, it is a matching number engine car with two engines, one tuned 110 hrp
Porsche engine is in the car, and the matching number engine is complete overhauled by our machine shop and will be delivered also with the car. (Two engines going with the car)
Perfect working clutch and brakes.
Vin #87 869 (only 550 produced in 59/60)
Engine # 602 254 (with original Zenith Carburators) MATCHING NUMBER BY COA
Engine# 409 3858 (110 hrp) Porsche engine.
Color #: silver metalic enamel Porsche 6006
We have the Certificate of Authenticity for the car that shows it is a matching number car.

First time offered on e-bay, no reserve price auction US$ 179,000


I’ll just say from the outset that I’m not sure this 356B Roadster has much chance of reaching this asking price. Between the non-original paint and non-original interior color (Fjord Green and Light Grey respectively) along with the curiosity of coming with two engines, there are simply too many issues for a sale that approaches the top of the market for one of these cars. With that said, I love the look of these Roadsters in general and I especially enjoy the color scheme on this particular car. The Silver and Red contrast is so striking and this is one of the few vehicles that I really enjoy in Silver. Add that pop of Red from the interior and it’s just great. It may be non-original, but I have a feeling it looks better than the original. As a boulevard cruiser these have a vintage appeal that we simply do not find in modern cars and for that they are very valuable.


One Comment

  1. Andrew
    Andrew November 7, 2014

    Too bad it looks like a replica and to 99.9995 percent of the population is indistinguishable from one.

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