1961 Porsche 356B Super CabrioletSOLD
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Engine Type: 1600 c.c. 4-Cylinder
Engine Number:88344
Color:Ivory / Red Leather

Reference Number 122707

as of 4/20/2011

Overview
Car 1961 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet
VIN 154563 
Mileage 33,139 miles 
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Known History

 

1961 Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet

s/n 154563 engine no. 88344

Ivory with Red Leather Interior

 

Introduced to replace the 356A in 1959, the 356B brought new levels of civilization and refinement to Porsche?s increasingly popular and capable sports car line. While the A and C models of the 356 have traditionally attracted the most attention from mainstream collectors, the 356 B is an underappreciated avenue into classic Porsche ownership. As always, the cars incorporated thoughtful and functional design, along with the tried and true Porsche dogmas of high quality, value, reliability, and mechanical robustness.

 

This particular car is a freshly restored matching numbers Super Cabriolet. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, which confirms that it is matching numbers, and that the restoration was done in the car?s original colors. Completed in 2007, the restoration was comprehensive and included paint, bodywork, chrome, rubber, interior, top, engine rebuild, brakes, new tires, wiring. It is comprehensively photo documented, and there are over $44,000 in invoices, not including the paint and bodywork. Additionally, the car has just had a service to ensure that is in fine working condition, including repairing oil leaks, an exhaust leak, and adjusting the brakes.

 

The car makes an extremely strong cosmetic impression. The paint and bodywork are very nice, with high quality paint over straight panels. The gaps are very good across the board, and the paint is in excellent condition, with only a handful of small chips. The chrome is excellent across the board, and the lights are in excellent shape other than a chip in one of the headlight covers. The wheels and tires are also excellent, as are the badges.

 

The interior was very nicely done, with stunning red leather and correct red square weave carpets. The dashboard and instruments received high quality cosmetic restoration. The top was also beautifully redone with correct parts from Stoddard and a new boot at a cost of approximately $3500. The steering wheel is in good condition, with a new horn button, although there are some chips on the paint of the rim. New correct rubber floor mats were also installed,

 

The engine compartment was correctly restored and is very clean and nicely detailed. The numerous decals have been correctly reproduced, while the trunk was also restored and is quite tidy, with correct leather spare tire retaining strap. The undercarriage is solid and free of corrosion at this time, having been selectively repaired to remove any corrosion.

 

The car runs and drives wonderfully. The engine is well tuned and makes great power, and the gearbox has very good synchros and is a pleasure to use. The chassis and suspension are excellent, with just the right blend of solidity, tightness, and compliance.

 

This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a nicely restored matching numbers genuine Super Cabriolet in its original colors. It runs and drives very well, and is nice enough to casually show, or would make an excellent touring car or weekend driver. It comes with comprehensive photo documentation of the restoration, as well as a sheaf of invoices from the restoration, and a certificate of authenticity.