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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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’
Exterior Color: Reutter#739 Heron Grey
Part of private collection – Matching Numbers – Truly Breathtaking car
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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.
We don’t really do revisits much anymore, but I wanted to make an exception here because it’s such a great car, so rare and beautiful, and the price has changed dramatically from when I originally featured it last November. The original listing for this Oslo Blue 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 Coupe had it priced at $839K. I said at the time that the price was higher than just about any other Carrera 2 auction I’d seen and it remained on eBay for a while going nowhere. It also had been listed with no description and that wasn’t helping. Here it is priced somewhat more reasonably at $565K, and we’re provided with some of the car’s history to help support its (still) very high price. At the very least we’re off to a much better start.
Year: 1963 Model: 356B Carrera 2 Engine: 2.0 liter flat-4 Transmission: 4-speed manual Mileage: 73,426 mi Price: $565,000 Buy It Now
This nicely optioned T6 Carrera 2 was originally delivered to Hanover, Germany, but delivered to the United States in 1966 to its second owner and active PCA member, Arthur Foyt. In 1971 German, Eugene Deutsch, bought the Carrera 2 and retained it for most of it’s life.
The car underwent a lengthy restoration beginning in 1998. It was stripped to bare metal and repainted to its original Oslo Blue, which remains in great shape today, and the interior has been redone by noted 356 experts. This spectacular 356 is powered by a correct 587/1 four-cam engine that was built by the best; the late Billy Doyle of Rennwagen Motor Company and runs fantastic. His work lives on!
Though restored over 10 years ago, this Carrera 2 remains in superb overall condition and performs as well as any 356 you will drive. Well cared for and touched by all the right people in the business, chassis no. 121298 is fully vetted and will provide it’s next driver with an exhilarating 4-cam experience.
Through writing for this site over the years I’ve learned that sometimes you really have to pay attention to specific word usage in the ad description. I think we are confronted with that situation here. This Carrera 2 is said to be “powered by a correct” four-cam engine. While we’ll need more clarity to know definitively, that doesn’t sound to me like it’s the original numbers matching engine that came with the car. With a car as rare and potentially valuable as this, that’s not a minor point. However, it does help explain the dramatic drop in price. We might wonder if the transmission is similarly a “correct” unit.
So even with the added description available to us in this ad we still are in need of more information. But at least we have somewhere to start. The 356 Carrera 2 was the hot rod of its day produced at a time when Porsche was only beginning to establish its identity as a purveyor of high class performance machines. Their place in history is significant so the chance to get your hands on one always will be fleeting. The color combination of this Carrrea 2 is simply stunning so even if it may lack some of its originality, I’m sure it will still be highly sought after. The model itself remains one of Porsche’s very best.
I’m not going to belabor the point with this post. I just think this car is beautiful; I’m very taken by it and it looks like a wonderful example of the breed. I’ve always found the 356 Cabriolet to be a particularly pretty car and this one fits that bill perfectly. The 356 itself is a simple, yet elegant, piece of machinery and when paired with an open roof possesses all of the vintage charm that I desire. This isn’t really about performance so much as the enjoy of the drive; the melding of aesthetic pleasures to bring about a sense of tranquility.
Here we have the fantastic combination of Bali Blue on Tan showcased on a 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet. It has been fully restored, is stated to be matching numbers (with supporting CoA), and had 79K miles prior to its restoration, completed in 2014.
3 Year Comprehensive Restoration Finished Fall 2014
Offered at Cooper Classics is this rare and stunning 1960 Porsche 356 B Super 90 Cabriolet. This car is all numbers matching with its Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The car has just received a comprehensive 3 Year restoration that was finished in the fall of 2014. The car has spent its entire life in California and 20 years in storage. The car has driven roughly 600 miles since restoration completion and is in like new condition. The car was restored to the stunning color of Bali Blue over Tan leather interior. The cars matching hardtop was restored at the same time as the vehicle and comes with the car. Previous to the restoration the car had 79,000 original miles
Prices for the 356 always seem to be all over the place. I see fairly standard coupes frequently with prices well below $100K and then there are models like the 356 Roadster I featured a couple weeks back with an asking price of $355K (though we should note it still has not sold). With any model approaching this sort of age those variations can be expected, especially given the relative rarity of some of those models. In general, Cabriolets tend to be more expensive than Coupes and this one follows that line. I’m not sure if it will sell for an asking price I assume is above $200K, but well restored examples aren’t easy to come by and this one does look very well done. It’s in beautiful condition, in a striking color combination, and even comes with a matching hard top. I don’t imagine it will ever see much time on the road anymore, but on those rare days that it does I’m sure the drive would be spectacular.
I’ve had my eye on this car for a while. Which, of course, means it has been for sale for a while. The reason for that is fairly straightforward: it is priced much too high. Also, the initial ad descriptor lists the car as a 356A, which is not exactly confidence inspiring since it is a 356B. The main ad text corrects this. Anyway, I’m featuring it now because it is now up for a reserve auction rather than simply sitting with its sky-high BIN price so we can at least get some sense of where it is being valued and that makes keeping an eye on it more interesting.
The car itself I love! It’s a 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Roadster, a model I particularly like and it wears one of my favorite early Porsche color combinations of Slate Grey over Red. It looks in great condition too!
Porsche offered the 356B Cabriolet as a high-end touring car with a thick-padded convertible top and expensive options such a leather seats and a Blaupunkt radio. In September of 1959 Porsche revealed their fully updated 356 known as the 356B. This had a completely revised body that was more suitable for the American market. The 356B used the new T5 bodystyle which raised the front and rear bumpers nearly four inches. Furthermore the headlights were also repositioned higher to meet American regulations. Inside Porsche fitted a new deep dish steering wheel and deeper front seats. New to the model was the Type 616/7 Super 90 engine which was an indirect replacement for the Carrera de Luxe models. The engine was fully revised with a new intake manifold, a larger Solex 40 PII-4 carburetor and the Carrera air filters. Other detail changes included 9.0:1 pistons, stronger valve springs, a different crankshaft with 55mm main bearings. Please feel free to call us for more information on this unique automobile! 212.594.7373
The 356 Roadster was the successor to the highly sought after and initially very successful 356 Speedster. The Speedster, as we’re all mostly familiar, was intended to serve that idyllic dual purpose of weekday transport and weekend racer. It was spartan and featured a removable windshield allowing its respective lives though with certain compromises to comfort and utility. The Convertible D, which was then followed by the Roadster, helped mitigate the loss of those creature comforts by using a fixed windshield, a bit more functional top, and some basic comforts inside such as a more standard set of bucket seats. It remains a 2-seater though and the Roadster still looks fantastic.
Most all examples of the Porsche 356 are beautiful vintage cars, but the various open-top variants always have been the most eye catching. While the Speedster remains the most unique, the Roadster is my favorite. While I don’t expect bidding to come close to reaching the BIN price of this one, we’ll see just how high it manages to go.
I’m not going to pretend to be intimately familiar with the Porsche hot rod culture of California, especially as it relates to the 356 since that’s well before my time, but we’ve come across a few of these cars over the years and this one seems to be by far the best one I’ve seen. The general look of the various modifications seems near perfect for the genre and the overall condition is fantastic. Slate Grey over Red makes for just the right color combination for such a car. Even though most any 356 probably would not truly be considered quick by today’s standards, I can imagine this one would be a hoot to drive. Perhaps even better: it is up for auction with no reserve so someone is taking this home!
356 Concour Dana Point Class Winner
356 Club Magazine Cover Car
75886 Original Miles
(since factory delivery)
30000 Since Restoration 20 Years Ago
10,000 Since D&I Refreshen
VIN # 115128
Southern CA YELLOW PLATE’s
Charcoal Square Weave
Factory Style Round Headrests
Period Correct Nardi Mushroom Steering Wheel
Red 4-Point Racing Style Seat Belts
Fully Removable Custom Made Roll Bar
(still uses factory interior and back seat unlike factory roll bar)
1904cc 912 bored to 90.5mm
Completely Rebuild w/ NeuTek Cam
Full Flow Oil Filter
External Oil Cooler
Crankcase Breather System
Internally Modified Stock Muffler
w/Twin 912 Chrome Tips
Aux Electric Fuel Pump
Modified 4-Speed Transmission
w/ taller 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Weltmeister Front Sway Bar
Vic Skimants’ Camber Regulator Rear
Factory Alloy Drum Brakes
w/ Ferodo Shoes
GT Style Through-Hood Fuel Filler
Shaved Hood Handle
Rear Bumper Side Depressions
Engine Lid Louvers
Chrome Nerf Bar Bumpers
Hella 128 Fog Lamps
Wire Headlight Screens
Fender Mounted Spun Aluminum Talbot GT Junior Mirrors
Pre-A Style “Shine Down” License Plate Light
w/ Third Brake Light
American Racing Empi 5-Spoke Style Wheels
Bridgestone Potenza 195/65/15 Tires
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I grew up on the East Coast and was a Corvette guy most of my life, well I still own a 1957 & a 1964. Fortunately for me I met a guy when I first moved to San Clemente nearly 30 years ago named Jack Staggs… YES … THAT JACK STAGGS!!! The legendary and one and only…
Jack helped me refine my skills in car collecting by getting me hooked on 356’s, to which I now own two. He has the most discriminating taste in anything 356 and his personal touch is all over this little Gray Road Rocket he put together for another one of his many long-time “friends” in the 356 World. They have been on lots of Rally’s together and had a wonderful companion in this fine specimen.
If you don’t know Jack and you don’t believe me just refer to this April 2017 Road & Track Magazine Article about Jack and his trusty sidekick Kerry Sink in their home office at the Beach in San Clemente, CA… where Jack has been holed up for 45 years!!! Working on ONE type of car… 356
Jack was kind enough to put together this narrative on this special rally car, so here we go.
Porsche 356 # 115128
“My name Is Jack Staggs. I operate a small shop in San Clemente where we have been for 45 years. 95% of the work we do is on 356, with a client base of appox 200 cars.
This car is a 1961 T5 coupe, my favorite for outlaw/old speed modifications, consisting of a delightful combination of early and later features, both in appearance, and mechanical advances.
The colors are Slate Grey exterior, with a red interior, a fairly rare combination, quite striking but subtle and racy at the same time. The paint and body work was done to a high standard 20 years ago, and still looks fantastic. The panel gaps are very good and the body is super straight everywhere, with no dings or scrapes. Any needed rust repairs on the undercarriage was done at the same time, again to a high standard.
Exterior appearance modifications include a “GT” style through the hood fuel filler, shaved hood handle, deco strips, and rear bumper side depressions, engine lid louvers, chrome old school nerf bars, Hella 128 fog lamps, driving lights, wire headlight screens, fender mounted spun aluminum Talbot GT junior mirrors with convex lenses, PreA style “shine down” license plate light with third brake light, California yellow plates with correct 1961 sticker, riding on nearly new Bridgestone Potenza 195/65/15 tires fitted to aluminum wheels in the American Racing/Empi 5 spoke style.
The engine is based on a 912 unit which has been bored out to 90.5mm, giving 1904cc, a NeuTek cam, full flow oil filter and external oil cooler, crankcase breather system, internally modified stock muffler with twin 912 chrome tips exiting through the factory body cut outs, auxiliary electric fuel pump, and more.
Up front, an oversize Weltmeister sway bar takes the place of the smaller original part, and the rear features Vic Skimants’ camber regulator. Brakes are factory alloy drums, front and rear, with Ferodo shoes that are showing some wear, but still plenty of life left.
The beautiful red vinyl interior shows no wear, as well as the square weave charcoal carpeting, and headliner. Stock front seats have factory style round headrests (driver side was off during pictures and will be back on before delivery). Red 4 point racing type seat belts keep you securely in place. A fully removable custom made roll bar is installed, giving better headroom and rear visibility than a factory bar. An added benefit to this roll bar is that it allowed a completely stock interior to be used, including rear jump seats, a feature that the factory bar does not have. The dash has not been altered, drilled or cut to accommodate any of the needed switches to operate the added front lamps, fuel pump or intermittent windshield wipers. These items have been added under the dash to allow easy removal, if so desired, without visible damage. The only modification here is that the radio hole has been expertly filled and painted in slate grey at the same time the entire dash was painted, so if a radio, gauges, switches, etc, were desired there, cutting of the needed openings can be done without paint work. A factory radio delete plate currently resides there, and speaker holes have not been cut in the carpet, although an antennae is installed in the factory location outside. Other modifications include an electric SC tach (6k red line) in place of the original cable driven tach, and a period correct Nardi “mushroom” steering wheel, (unrestored).
The transmission has had changes as well. A taller 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gears, purchased from Carquip, have been installed. Careful attention was made to allow wider splits to the lower gears, and closer ratios in the higher, where torque drops off. This arrangement allows speeds at 6k engine rpm of 55mph in 2nd, 95mph in 3rd and speeds of 135 in 4th, if you dare! I personally have driven this car well over 120 mph indicated (speedo markings end at 120mph). If you think that this car may be too high strung, you are mistaken. The great low end torque of the engine allows easy “old man” cruising around town and short shifting at freeway speeds. You would have to drive it to believe it. It behaves like a completely stock car. I’m not kidding.
Every thing works on this car… heaters, door locks, interior lights, etc. Electrical system has been converted to 12 volts.
All of these mods/paint/upholstery were done 20 years ago. When the build of this car was finished, Mike C. (the owner) and I drove it the same day to Nevada to participate in the “Silver State Classic Challenge” a 100 mile section of public highway that is closed to traffic for this event. We broke out of our class, averaging 97+mph over the 100 mile course. Shortly after that, Mike entered it in the prestigious Dana Point 356 Concourse, taking first place in his class, and the car was featured on the cover of the 356 Club magazine (magazine cover picture at the end of the photo section). Since then, Mike has run it in the Snowball rally (2010), and the Targa California (2011), as well as numerous road trips, including the 356 Registry holiday in Sedona Az., events in Cambria, Ca., Monterey, Ca., etc. In the 20 years of ownership, he has driven the car appox 30k miles, with less than 10,000 on general engine d&i/freshen up.
The car is currently fully serviced and detailed, requiring nothing more than buckling up, turning the key, and having fun. This car is a fabulous example of Porsche Werks, meets Southern California hot rod car culture in every sense of the word. It would be impossible to re-create this car for 100k, even if you got a complete car for free.
This car has not been offered on the open market.
The car is available for inspection and test drive just about any time you would like.
This is an extremely well sorted and gorgeous example of the 356B, modified to perfection by one of the hobbies best builders. I judge all types of cars at Concour Events and also do inspections and appraisals. This car to me is a strong 2+ vehicle. Show quality but obviously been driven, however maintained to perfection mechanically foremost with outstanding cosmetic care.
The body is nearly perfect from my perspective and does not look like a car that has ever been damaged beyond maybe a bump here or there, although I surely see no evidence of such. Whatever work was done was done by skilled craftsmen.
The paint was done years ago and was obviously very high-dollar as it still looks like it was painted yesterday. Glasurit was surely used. The color match and smooth mirror finish matches from panel to panel all the way around the car. Some small chips on the nose were touched up with the original matching paint.
The walk-around video I did was in very direct light and looks totally washed out… so look to the pictures for the content of color uniformity. Again, lighting conditions changed as I was shooting pictures, but I think you will get it.
The undercarriage appears near totally original to me and would be surprised if this car indeed had ever been anywhere but Southern California, but we do not know its entire history so we can only speculate. When we were shooting pictures on the rack we cleaned the area with a spray bottle of water and some areas were not completely dry when we snapped away, so be aware of that.
The Interior is in magnificent condition and has some of the richest vinyl I have seen in decades. I had to smell it to be sure it wasn’t leather. The square weave is not worn and looks fresh, as well the rubber mats, headliner and door panels. All rubber is new to the car when restored.
To drive this car is simply a BLAST. Other than a Carrera from this period I drove once, this is the finest running 356 I have ever driven.
I would likely get in this car and absolutely take on the adventure of driving across this land from coast to coast if I had the opportunity to do so. The quality of Jacks work is beyond reproach. The way this engine revs and the way the car handles is way beyond that of my C Coupe. It is a phenomenal car to look at and drive.
Jack is extremely busy working on more cars than his shop can hold. He is one of the hardest working people I know and sometimes a little difficult to get a hold of when he has a wrench in his hand.
I would request that serious buyers call me about the car, unless of course you already know Jack and have his number. I will be happy to pass on Jacks number to people that want to speak with him, but would like to be somewhat selective in the process.
I can be reached at 949-310-6262. My name is Frank. I am available from 7AM-11PM seven days a week.
356. For millions of people in the world, just a number. For some, however, it is the numerical code for a phenomenon that defies technical description. To put it another way: for them, it is the legend of the Porsche 356.
The ad pretty much tells us just about everything we’d need to know about this 356 apart from sitting behind the wheel and getting a feel for the thing itself. The text is a mix of details from the seller and details from a well known 356 specialist who is familiar with this 356. There really isn’t much for me to say in addition. There are a ton of pictures and a ton of words, we really can’t ask for too much more when viewing any car for sale from a distance.
At the moment bidding sits at $45,433. Relative to the work put in and the condition of this 356 that seems like a very nice price. You’d certainly be hard pressed to ever replicate this car for the same money – at least without already owning a 356 upon which to begin your creation. I typically feature the 356 because of its vintage beauty and simplicity. This one is something much, much, more.
Sooooo pretty. I find myself saying that a lot about the Porsche 356. Its shape combined with a wonderful array of available colors always attracts my notice and coming across one in a color with which I am not familiar isn’t all that rare. Many of the original colors have appeared under slightly different shades throughout Porsche’s time, so it’s not that we are completely unfamiliar with them, but they are subtly different. Different is nice. The color we have this time is Aetna Blue, a non-metallic light blue that really looks good on the 356, and here it’s contrasted with a grey interior, black carpets, and a hint of wood. A wonderful vintage automobile.
Year: 1960 Model: 356B 1600 Super Engine: 1.7 liter flat-4 Transmission: 4-speed manual Mileage: 82,935 mi Price: Reserve Auction
1960 Porsche 356B ( T5 ) Coupe finished in it’s original Aetna Blue with Grey leather interior. Driven 82k miles ( believed to be original ) with only two owners since new. This amazing example has just completed a three year restoration and has been fully sorted.
Built on 07/26/1960, this California Black Plate car is totally rust free and still retains it’s original floor pan. It has been repainted by a well known facility in it’s original Aetna Blue and the interior has just been renewed using top quality square weave carpets, original Coco mats, beautiful supple leather, new headliner, refinished original gauges, new rubber gaskets and trim and refinished chrome trim. EVERYTHING works including the 6 volt cigarette lighter and all interior and exterior lights. The headlamps are European style H4 and European tail lamps have also been fitted.
Fitted with a correct 1600 Super engine ( # 702913 type 616/12 ) that has just been rebuilt by Rennwerke Porsche using a 1720cc upgrade with a more powerful cam. The brakes were just completely rebuilt and it was fitted with a new lightened clutch. The list of all that was done during the restoration process is extensive. We’d be glad to provide all details to any serious buyer.
The car is an absolute pleasure to drive. No expense has been spared in making this one of the best driving, well sorted 356 B’s we have seen in many years.
The car comes with the original tools and holder, jack, books, sales invoice, service records and registration documents confirming it’s California ownership history. The service books have all the original stamps.
The C of A confirms the color combination and the options.
This exceptional 356 is available for immediate delivery.
All serious inquiries should be directed to Mark Starr at +1 (914) 217-4817.
Hunting Ridge has had a nice array of Porsches lately that have all looked very attractive and well sorted. They aren’t always the most inexpensive of dealers, but their cars do look good. I suspect this one will prove no different. It looks fantastic, there’s little question about that. Inside and out everything looks in really nice condition and everything is said to be functional. The engine is a rebuilt unit upgraded to 1720 cc, which should provide a little extra thrust to suit your motoring needs. The mileage, assuming it is correct, is extremely reasonable for a car of this age. It would be worthwhile to look through its history to try and confirm the mileage or, at least, try to understand its usage. There is said to be ample documentation that comes with the car so the hope is that we can piece together the history and fully come to terms with what we’re getting. Regardless, this is a really nice 356 that I think should have plenty of appeal among fans of these vintage Porsches. I know I’m enjoying it!
If you’ll pardon the strange introduction, this is not the car I was originally going to feature. I was going to feature one of my favorite color combinations on any Porsche (though we typically only see it on the 356): Slate Grey over a Red interior. That listing was removed so it was time to find something else. But it made me search for another Roadster and while this one isn’t quite as awesome of a combination, damn does it look good. Here we have a restored Ivory 1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Roadster again with a Red interior. These colors possess a pretty stark contrast with one another, but work quite well. And there are so many little hand wrought details on these cars that we can pore over for hours. When such details find themselves on the lines of the 356 Roadster then the appeal jumps up all the more. The Roadster was Porsche’s replacement for the Convertible D, which in turn had replaced the Speedster as the pared down version of the 356 Cabriolet. The Speedster it seems was a little too spartan, especially with regard to the windshield, so the Convertible D and Roadster added a little back to the car. Though by modern standards any 356 still remains very spartan.
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