This untouched Porsche 356 is a patina fan's dream
Porsche's first production car is a true collector's item. This untouched original from 1961 has popped up in our classifieds
Celebrated as Porsche's first production automobile, the 356 has a special place in the hearts of the German manufacturer's fans. The car's production run spanned three decades, and the car went through what can be described as four 'generations' before being retired in 1965.
Despite its lengthy production, finding a 356 to call your own is difficult, especially one that hasn't been changed in some way since leaving the factory. In our classifieds is such an example though, an untouched 356 B cabriolet from 1961.
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The 356 B, the third generation of the car, has a 1.6-litre flat-four engine and a four-speed manual gearbox. The engine was introduced two years earlier for the 356 A, of which this B was a simple continuation of. Later versions of the 356 B were less subtle and had a completely new body.
Although a cabriolet, the 356 came with a hardtop, and this example, originally sold in America, is finished in the rare Royal Blue colour. It's unrestored and has been in storage for most of its existence. The sale is accompanied by the original bill of sale and statement of origin, guaranteeing that this is a vintage 356.
Its authenticity explains the $89,500 (£68,125) asking price despite its rather second-hand condition. At least that will give an adequately monied buyer room to spend further money on a full restoration of the vehicle without breaking the bank. We do hope it's a true-to-original restoration, though.
Despite it being further towards the end of the 356 timeline, this is still a pre-911 Porsche, an example of the brand in its relative infancy. The 356 is a true collector’s car, and an untouched original is something you certainly wouldn't want to miss out on.
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The factory Kardex which accompanies this fabulous 356 coupe confirms that is a genuine SC model which retains its original engine and is still finished in its original colour scheme of Dolphin Grey with blue trim, including headrests. The letter from Porsche that accompanies the Kardex, dated 1988, mentions that the then owner, a USAF Major from Ohio, was in the process of restoring the car to or
1964 numbers matching 356 SC Coupe, white with red leather, powered by its original 1600cc, 95hpr engine. Original floors and rocker panels in great shape. All panels on the car are original. The tachometer and odometer and speedometer all work as they should. Head rests, full reclining seats, Working blaupunkt AM FM Radio, Leitz luggage rack, Chrome wheels with crested cups, Windshield washer wor
The 356 ‘C’ model arrived in 1963 sporting disc brakes all round (first seen on the 2-litre Carrera 2), a new ZF steering gear and a compensating spring at the rear to calm the swing axle rear suspension. Engines options were the 75bhp ‘C’ and the 95bhp ‘SC’, both 1,600cc, the latter replacing the Super 90 model. In excellent and restored condition, this California example of the Porsc
Elfenbeinwiess/Black leather. Fully renovated in absolute finest condition. Leather interior, Blaupunkt radio, The car was delivered new in Holland and has been completely renovated there about 10 years ago. It has been taken down in the smallest part, as well as everything renovated and restored to original condition, including original color combination. Today, a 1500 engine that belongs to belo