Tuner Tuesday: 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2

Properly speaking I’m not sure if we’d normally count this Ruby Red 1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 as a “tuner,” but given that these were the hot Porsche of their day it fits the bill as well as most anything else. While a 356 may not get your blood going the way a RUF built 930 might, they will always hold a place in my heart and with the 4-cam Carrera engine these are more of a racer than many of Porsche’s later builds. They are small, light, and relatively simple machines fitted with the best mechanical additions Porsche could muster. Add to that their rarity and you end up with one of the most valuable Porsches on the market and easily the most valuable examples of the 356. The example we see here appears in exquisite condition, but sounds as if the original 1.6 liter 4-cam flat-four is no longer with the car. In its place, we find a 2.0 liter flat-four from a Carrera 2 GT producing a reported 160 hp. For a car as basic as the 356 that is the sort of motivation that will get you moving in no time at all!

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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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1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

I think I understand the appeal of nostalgia. It’s the appeal of something we perceive as less complex, freer, or rooted in the familiar. In that regard our own memories are most important and it is the connections between past and present events that creates the joy we derive from such experiences. On the second-hand car market, nostalgia also plays an important role in solidifying and elevating the values of particular models. Nostalgia isn’t the only influential player in those market movements, but it definitely has its role. So when I look at the Porsche 356 I think I can understand part of the reason for their success; the reason they have become six-figure cars even when by any modern performance and refinement standard they will fall well short. Like many models the 356 has its own fans that in many ways are distinct from 911 fans or fans of Porsche’s various front-engined GTs. I am very much a 911 fan, yet, even though these cars are quite a bit older than I am, I can easily see the appeal of a relaxed drive in the sun and the wind with very little standing between your inputs as the driver and the responses of the car. With simplicity and lightness comes joy. So I think I understand the appeal of nostalgia. Here we have a restored Slate Gray 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, with Black interior.

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1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Cabriolet

The Porsche 356 is one of those cars to which I always enjoy returning. Whether it simply be to return to a vintage automobile whose lines I always enjoy or to gain a fuller appreciation for the elements of design, shape, and performance that went into these early Porsches. The ethos of the company is built into these cars and even today, more than 60 years since the first model was introduced, we still can see the evolutionary nature of the marque and the relationship not only of design but also performance. With the 356 Porsche had already begun offering their cars in varying levels of performance and here we have the highest available of those utilizing the 1.6 flat-4 engine, the Super 90. While 90 hp doesn’t seem like a lot, tasked with propelling a car that weighed less than 1000 kg these offered brisk performance for their time all while retaining the lightness and directness of feel possessed by many vintage machines. The particular example we have here is a restored Ivory over Tan 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Super 90 Cabriolet, located in Miami, and on auction with no reserve.

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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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1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Coupe

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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1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe

Vintage cars will never appeal to everyone, but for those who yearn for the styling or the relatively minimalist nature of a vintage automobile there can be no substitute. For Porsche enthusiasts that almost always means finding a 356. One of the aspects I appreciate most about the 356 is the way in which it provides such a clear lineage to the 911 that we see today. The basic shape and underlying architecture of the 911 can be seen even in these cars produced more than 50 years ago and that is a rare trait amongst vintage cars. For the most thorough display of those design elements prospective buyers need look no further than a 356 Coupe like the one seen here. A fully-restored 1961 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe located in California.

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1961 Porsche 356B Roadster

When it comes to open-top motoring, it can be very difficult to beat a vintage sports car. Driving any convertible already brings you closer to the pure feel of driving: the wind, the noise, the immediacy of everything around you. When a vintage car is your chosen vehicle for such an excursion then that sense of immediacy becomes all the more palpable. Porsche’s paradigmatic expression of such a car came in the guise of the 356 Speedster, which remains one of the most valuable and coveted of the marque’s many cars. Production of the Speedster ceased in 1958, to be replaced by the Convertible D model and eventually the 356 Roadster. While mechanically similar to the Speedster, the Roadster featured wind-up windows, a slightly taller windscreen, and cushier bucket seats. Basically, a more comfortable version of the Speedster. Still, the essence of the car was retained and these remain highly sought after versions of the 356. The example featured here is a Silver 1961 Porsche 356B Roadster with Red interior located in Texas.

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1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2/2000 GS Four Cam


Carrera. The name has graced thousands of Porsche models throughout history, derived from the name of the famous Mexican race, La Carrera Panamericana. The Carrera name appeared on some 356 models with the four cam motor, referred to as the Fuhrmann engine, after the engineer who designed it, Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann. The engine could be thought of as the 911 Turbo of its day, since it cost nearly double that of a Super 90 with the pushrod engine. Originally designed for competition, the four cam didn’t sell in large numbers and as a result, it has become amongst the most valuable of the 356 range. This 356B Carrera is for sale at Canepa out in California. Originally sold to a dealer in Italy, it spent a fair amount of years in The Porsche Museum of Japan collection before coming to the US for a restoration.

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1962 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet

If you weren’t up for a big project like the 356 Super Cabriolet we featured almost two weeks ago, then this might be the Porsche for you. This 1962 356B Super Cabriolet is a well documented, numbers matching example that lived in Europe until 1968. It has been repainted once in its original color of Smyrna Green and has had certain other mechanicals overhauled but retains an original interior.

Year: 1962
Model: 356B Super Cabriolet
Engine: 1.6 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 88,488 mi
Price: $125,000

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1962 Porsche 356B 356 B Super Cabriolet, Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous, very original, award-winning, matching-numbers 1962 Porsche 356 B Super cabriolet in striking factory correct Smyrna Green over Brown leather seats. The 1600 Super was created as a high- performance option to the regular 1600, offering 15 more horsepower with larger valves, increased compression, and improved performance. Featuring the more sought-after T6 body style with twin-engine grilles on the deck lid, and an outside (rather than in the trunk) fuel filler, this best-of-the-breed 356 B 1600 Super is highly desirable. This well-loved example presents wonderfully and has an interesting documented provenenace.

On December 2, 1961, Richard Steppler walked into the Volkswagen—Porsche dealership owned by Dr. Guy Beretich in Pordenone, Italy, and bought himself an early Christmas present – this magnificent green 356 B Porsche. Eventually Mr. Steppler passed the car to his nephew, Richard Kubacki, and it is known that the car stayed in Europe, largely Munich, Germany, and Monte Carlo until 1968, when it was shipped to Chicago. At some point the car was repainted silver and in 1988 it was purchased by it”s last owner (of 25 years) in Milwaukee with 79,000 miles on the clock.

Under his stewardship the car was systematically stripped and returned to its original color – the stunning Glasurit Smyrna Green you see it dressed in today, complete with wheels of the same color. The brakes were overhauled, the engine was gone through, and the top half of the motor was rebuilt with new heads so that the car could run on unleaded gas in the US. Despite these vital improvements, the car”s originality was respectfully maintained, and the car still has the original radio, luggage rack, date-stamped wheels, six-volt electrical system, and exceedingly rare and valuable complete tool kit with Porsche-inscribed wrenches. In addition, much of the interior of the car is as it was the day it left the factory with the same steering wheel, gently worn brown leather seats, headlights, dash panel knobs, and clock. The soft top has been freshly replaced with the correct German Happich material and the carpets have been redone. The car”s undercarriage and battery box are immaculate and completely free of rust and the car”s an absolute joy to drive.

Its unusual preservation and exquisite aesthetics made it a perennial favorite at car shows, claiming many first, second, and third place trophies, plus over 30 other award plaques, many at Porsche Club of America events. The car also made appearances in An Eye for an Eye, a movie set in Chicago in 1991, as well as an advertisement for Cellular One.

This documented matching-numbers car has 125,000 original miles and comes with the rare, signed, early Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and the original sales receipt showing the purchase price from the dealership in Italy, with the Italian tax stamps dated 1961. Also included in the sale are many boxes upon boxes of Porsche-stamped spare parts, the original boot plus a traveling boot, the original car cover, trophies and awards, original Porsche sales brochures and the original owner”s manual.

The rare color combination, powerful Super engine, popular T6 body, and legendary reliability make this exceptional, fully documented 356 B the perfect Porsche enthusiast”s choice and it deserves the serious consideration of anyone in the market for an exceptional 356.

Price: $125,000 805-202-4557

Vintage Porsches are not a cheap proposition and this one for sale in California is certainly no exception. It’s price is about spot on with what similar examples are bringing these days. I can’t say that I remember seeing one painted in this hue and to be honest, I love the way it looks. Sitting by the ocean, with the California black plates, it has a real period vibe.