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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Going by its internal moniker the T5, the Porsche 356B represented one of the company’s first significant exterior redesigns. The most notable change can be seen in the raised and more pronounced front and rear bumpers, along with higher headlights. These changes had the effect of making the car look a little less like a bubble and we also begin to see a car that more closely resembles the 911 that would succeed it and go on to solidify the Porsche name. While there would be additional design and mechanical changes made to the 356 during its life, the car fundamentally retained the shape and appearance inaugurated with the B. The example we have featured here, coming from near the beginning of the model’s run, is a very striking Fjord Green 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 Super Coupe with Tan interior and a fairly recent restoration.
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Microcars have witnessed a revival in the past few years, with good examples of cars like the BMW Isetta and Messerschmidt bring big dollars at auctions. Now that the popular models have taken off in price, it a good time to look around at some of the lesser known models, such as this Lloyd LT600 for sale by our friends at Evolve Motors. It’s what could best be classified as a fixer upper, but is complete and would make a great runabout for an urban business looking to catch some attention on the streets.
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As World War II came to a close, there was a period of industrial reorganization for the countries involved in combat. The Axis powers found…2 Comments
Similar to when the auto industry got its start in the US, there used to be a plethora of manufacturers in Germany that have ceased…1 Comment