The 356 series was without doubt the model which catapulted the Porsche marque into world-wide contention in the hotly-contested sports car market. It put into practice Dr Porsche’s highly-evolved theories about ensuring traction through rear-mounted engines, as had been put into practice in some of his mighty pre-war racing designs, and subsequently some of the early Cisitalia racing cars.
Another keynote was to keep everything as light as possible, so that all 356 bodywork variations always demonstrated the classic engineering principle of form following function, remaining sharp and purposeful.
This is a left-hand-drive example of the ever-popular Cabriolet, it left the Reutter factory in 1962 and is delightfully presented Ruby red with a black leatherette interior and black roof.
The body has recently been subject to a ground up restoration and bare metal respray. The outer and inner frames were completely restored and all joints were protected with sealant and Poli-primer, Raptor bed-liner was applied to the under-body to ensure hassle free body maintenance for this great driver.
During the restoration, all engine metal, differential sleeves, stabilizing bar, backing plates, spindles, etc. were media blasted and powder painted. The parts that needed chroming were re-chromed. The upholstery was done in black leather, and a new German Wocheslander wire harness was installed. The engine is a 1962 1600 Super 616/12 and runs superb according to the current owner.
This fine example looks stunning from every angle and appeals to buyers for its high build quality and stunning, sleek and aerodynamic looks.
This 356B could be a proud attribute of any private collection, or serve as a nimble yet comfortable ride for continental touring, vintage rallies and club events.