The first 356 was road certified in Austria on June 8, 1948, and was entered in a race in Innsbruck where it won its class. Porsche re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance. Fewer and fewer parts were shared between Volkswagen and Porsche as the 1950s progressed. The early 356 automobile bodies produced at Gmünd were handcrafted in aluminum,...
The first 356 was road certified in Austria on June 8, 1948, and was entered in a race in Innsbruck where it won its class. Porsche re-engineered and refined the car with a focus on performance. Fewer and fewer parts were shared between Volkswagen and Porsche as the 1950s progressed. The early 356 automobile bodies produced at Gmünd were handcrafted in aluminum, but when production moved to Zuffenhausen, Germany in 1950, models produced there were steel-bodied. The aluminium bodied cars from that very small company are what are now referred to as 'prototypes'. Porsche contracted Reutter to build the steel bodies and eventually bought the Reutter company in 1963. The Reutter company retained the seat manufacturing part of the business and changed its name to 'Recaro'.
The 356 was built in four distinct series, the original ('pre-A'), followed by the 356 A, 356 B, and finally the 356 C. To distinguish among the major revisions of the model, 356s are generally classified into a few major groups. The 356 coupés and cabriolets built through 1955 are readily identifiable by their split (1948 to 1952) or bent (centre-creased, 1953 to 1955) windscreens. In 1956 the 356 A appeared, with a curved windshield. The A was the first road going Porsche to offer the Carrera four-cam engine as an option. In late 1959 the T5 356 B appeared; followed by the redesigned T6 series 356 B in 1962. The final version was the 356 C, little changed from the late T6 B cars but disc brakes replaced the drums.
This particular example is a lovely Porsche 356 B T6 1600 S Cabriolet (Reutter) from 1962. The car was delivered new in Champagne Gelb with an black leather interior. Originally delivered with an lockable antenna and 2 speakers.Sold new trough Porsche dealer Moritz, Reutlingen, Germany on 28 November 1962. On 28 February 1976 the car was imported in Switzerland and sold to Chris Tanner (Switzerland) on 15 May 1992. In 1992 the bodywork of the car was perfectly restoredfor the current and dedicated long term owner (owner for 27 years!) The condition of the body is still very good a testament to the high quality of the restoration. Lots of documentation is available. The car has 87.100 km recorded. The black leather seems to be the original leather from new and is lovely.
Most recent work was done in March 2017, including much attention to the engine, brakes, door seals and a new black mohair hood was installed.The air-cooled 4-cilinder boxer-engine produces 75 horsepower and is fitted with double Zenith carburettors. The engine is a correct 75 bhp B engine from the same year as the car. This lovely Porsche 356 Cabriolet runs and drives very well.
Price is a very attractive euro 125.000,-.
A tempting offer if you want to have a loved and cherished car suitable for enjoyable open top motoring or rallying.
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