• A numbers-matching example
• Well-maintained restoration
• Final iteration of Porsche’s true open roadsters
• Performed to high standards during The 2022 Enthusiast Tour
Air-cooled horizontally opposed flat-four engine, 90 HP, four-speed manual transaxle, independent front and rear suspension with trailing arms and torsion bars, hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 82.7”
The American fascination with the Porsche nameplate took off when mastermind Max Hoffman brought 15 Special Roadsters to the U.S. in 1954. The spartan construction of these Speedsters was intended to make the price appealing and showcase something most Americans had not seen in person before; it certainly worked, as 4,144 Speedsters would go on to be sold in the U.S. between 1954 and 1958. In 1959, the Reutter-bodied Speedster was replaced by the newly designed and more sophisticated Convertible D, which boasted a taller windshield, windup windows and a better fitting top. Erwin Komenda’s T5 body style would arrive one year later in 1960 and was designated the 356B, which took design elements from all the previous models. German coachbuilder Karosseriewerke Drauz would be tapped to build both the convertible and the coupe of the 356B. The 356B featured 15-inch wheels, heavier and taller bumpers, a revised slope to the hood and a larger chrome-plated hood handle. Headlights were moved to the top of the fenders, with parking lights below them and brake vents below the bumper. In all, 2,653 Drauz Roadsters were built from 1960 to 1962, making genuine and original examples rare to see and desirable to own.
The example offered here is an original numbers matching Porsche 356B Roadster that has been previously restored and sorted with great care. Finished in silver metallic over striking red leather with a black top and matching boot cover, its stance is unmistakable and is the definition of a true open-aired roadster. The body contours and door fitment are excellent and sit upon correct Porsche logo hubcaps wrapped in newer Michelin XZX tires. No great touring car is complete without a comfortable and fitting interior, and this 356B certainly possesses that. Along with the exterior, the interior was completely redone with pleasant red leather seats, a red leather dash and all new carpets throughout. The air-cooled flat-four engine zooms down the road with ease while the driver effortlessly shifts through the gears like a hot knife cutting through butter.
Having recently participated in The 2022 Enthusiast Tour, driver Rod Egan proclaimed that this 356B drove "exceptionally well and is an ideal prospect for new owners looking forward to club tours and rallies." This numbers matching example, having been regularly maintained, presents an excellent opportunity for the next enthusiast to enjoy a ready-to-go true and authentic open-air sports car that wears one of the most iconic names in automotive history.