Lot 53
1961 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet


CHASSIS NO: 154283

• Numbers matching engine, transaxle and body panels; date-coded wheels and fuel tank
• Offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and factory Kardex
• Complete, documented ownership
• Retains original owner’s manual, tool roll and jack/spare assembly

1,582 cc, 1.6-litre four-cylinder rear engine, four-speed manual transaxle, rear-wheel drive, dual carburetors; wheelbase: 82.7”

Porsche’s iconic 356 launched the marque into the stratosphere and changed the fate of the company forever after. Among the greatest achievements of Ferry Porsche’s illustrious life, the 356 was created to deliver a petit, lightweight yet ferocious sportscar that could delight as a daily driver or explode on the autobahn. Collecting victories across Europe, including Le Mans, it established Porsche as a contender in the big leagues of racing as well as an unrivaled darling among consumers. Porsche continued to push the envelope with regard to handling, power, style and cabin refinements. By 1959, when Erwin Komenda’s 356B T5 body style was introduced, the already legendary sportscar had evolved to include a refined slope to the hood, raised front and rear bumpers, a chrome-plated hood handle, 15-inch wheels, front, vent windows; the headlights migrated to the upper fenders, the amber parking lights rested below, and brake vents were added below the bumper. The gearbox and drum brakes were overhauled. Inside, an improved steering column and reconfigured backseats were implemented. It was the complete package. Any Porsche 356 is outrageously desirable today, but the mid-generation 356B T5 improves on the A series’ quirks while the Cabriolet makes all-weather cruising practical over the popular, bare-bones Roadster.

A superb example of an iconic Porsche, this 1961 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet retains all matching numbers for the original engine, transaxle and stamped body panels as well as date codes for the fuel tank and all five wheels, which have Porsche crested hubcaps. The near flawless body was repainted in infancy to Heron Grey under a Reutter-Verdeck top and original side glass etched with Skurit. It is finished with green leather upholstery and matching green, square-weave carpeting in the cockpit. This rare beauty is offered with a period Blaupunkt stereo as well as correct, mesh speaker grilles and Hirschmann antenna. The luggage compartment reveals an original jack and tool kit, leather luggage straps, and original spare tire complete with matching tire strap. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, factory Kardex, an extensive history of ownership as well as an original owner’s manual, this meticulously kept example has enjoyed one cosmetic restoration and enjoys correct fittings, decals, wiring and optimal components under the hood. With only infinitesimal imperfections inside and out, this matching-numbers classic 356 is impressive and will prove an honest treasure for any true Porsche enthusiast.

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