Body by Drauz / 1 of 560 Built
Numbers Matching/Fresh Restoration
VIN # 87xxx**
ENG# 85xxx (616/2)**
46,400 Miles on Odometer
Less than 1,000 Miles on Mechanical Restoration
Silver Metallic (6006) on Red Leatherette
Clean and Clear California Title
Correct California Yellow License Plates
Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
Offered at $179,990
After the Convertible D’s one year run in 1959, Porsche introduced the first Roadster in 1960. This spiritual successor to the Speedster provided all the low windshield open top driving with a few more creature comforts including roll-up windows, more comfortable seats, and a better constructed soft top. Also, the windshield could still be removed for competition, which many of them enjoyed. Furthermore, the T5 Roadster had raised front and rear bumpers with new brake cooling body openings and new cast-aluminum brake drums.
This 356B completed production on December 15th, 1959 and was delivered from the factory in Silbermetallik paint with Dark Blue leatherette upholstery. It was optioned with reclining seats and Phoenix tires. Its numbers matching 1600 Super motor produced 75 brake horsepower and was one of the last engines built for that decade.
Although not much is known about this 356’s early history, we believe this 356 may have been here in California at least since the mid 1970’s. We do know it has been in the Southwest for over a decade. It was cosmetically restored some time ago by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California. It is a 30-year old full restoration shop that has produced many concours winning examples over the years. A Scottsdale, Arizona resident purchased the car in 2012 from the previous owner and began a full mechanical restoration. He employed Beck’s European, an independent Porsche specialist in Scottsdale with a good reputation. They did a complete mechanical overhaul which included:
- Full engine rebuild:
- Pistons and cylinders (NOS 86mm Kolbenschmidt big bore)
- Gaskets, seals, and hoses replaced
- Main and rod bearings
- Valves, guides, seats (grind and lap valves/seats)
- Head reconditioned/resurface
- Reconditioned connecting rods/balance engine
- Repair exhaust studs
- Greased steering box
- Inspect and repair wiring for lights and rest of electrical system
- Replace worn transmission parts/refresh
- Replace windshield moldings
- Powdercoat and paint engine bay/tins
- Straighten and repair heater boxes
- Rebuild brakes and wheel bearings
- Wheel cylinders
- Belts, spark plugs, filters, fluids
The total for this work was $36,683.
The current owner is a local Orange County enthusiast who purchased the car a couple years ago from his friend. The car had only been driven a few hundred miles since all the previously mentioned work. It had mostly been on display in a collection and not shown or driven. As a result, a further $10,000 of refreshing was completed by a local Orange County specialist last year. This work included:
- Overhaul the transmission
- Disassemble and inspect
- Check synchro rings, operating shift sleeve, and bearings
- Replace seals, gaskets, and axle boots
- Replace differential drive gear set
- Refinish case and silver cad hardware
- Repair transmission mount bolt
- Major service including all fluids, spark plugs, and valve adjust
- Replace multiple engine oil lines and gaskets
- Powdercoat engine tins
- Silver cad plate all engine hardware
- Replace crank pulley seal
- Replace fuel hoses, filter, and clamps
- Clean carburetors, balance, and set up linkage
- Disassemble distributor and clean/repair
- New clutch kit and refinished flywheel
- Bleed brake system
- Fuel tank sending unit
- Replace front wheel cylinders and brake shoes
- Repack front wheel bearings
- Replace pistons and cylinders
- Clean cylinder head and perform valve job
- Clean, inspect, and reinstall oil return tubes, push rods, and rockers
This 356 Roadster is in excellent condition and is ready to be enjoyed. The silver paint has a nice shine with the correct size German metallic flake. There are minimal signs of use with no significant rock chips or dents. There is a light scratch on the driver door that goes most of the length. It has been professionally touched up many years ago and is barely noticeable unless down low at the right angle and backlit (see pics). In fact, I didn’t even see it for several days until laying on the ground to photograph it. The glass is in great shape and wearing the correct factory stamps. The soft top frame is in good shape as well as the canvas top and plastic rear window. There are no tears or signs of wear. The top has a nice tonneau cover that fits easily. When down, the top sits a bit proud. The deco trim and rubber are all fresh. The wheels (including the spare) are all factory date stamped (1960) wheels in excellent condition with no curb rashes. They are wearing new Michelin 165/15 tires.
The interior is equally as nice and fresh. The seats have been refinished in leather and have no cracks or tears. The carpet and door panels look new. The headliner for the soft top has no signs of wear and fits nicely in the up position. The dash top is freshly reupholstered as is the rest of the interior. All the gauges work properly and it has the correct 1600 Super tachometer installed (redline from 5,000-5,500 rpm). All the lights as well as the wipers work.
The underside, trunk, and engine bay are all very tidy with no signs of abuse or repair. There is no rust or damage that is evident. The engine is freshly restored with the correct Zenith carburetors. The lines and wiring all appear to be correct as well as the finish on the tins and hardware. The trunk has the correct VIN stamping and plate. A new 6V Interstate battery is installed and wired to a correct 6V battery tender.
This 356 Roadster is an extremely nice turnkey example that could easily be enjoyed on vintage tour events, your local cars and coffee shows, or even more regular use. It starts easily, even if sitting for a while. It has a nice idle and makes no strange sounds. The gearbox shifts with ease and there is no grinding or slipping. The brakes have a decent bite for being drums and there is no pulling when applying strong braking. The steering is light and nimble. It is very easy to drive.
California registration is current and paid to January of 2019. The YOM (year of manufacturer) plates are original and currently registered to this 356.
This 356 comes with extra keys, original jack, spare, and copy of Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.
**Note: VIN and other numbers withheld to protect against fraud. All numbers including VIN, Engine, and color will be provided to serious buyers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Paul at 714-335-4911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This vehicle is sold “as-is” with no warranty, written or implied. In some cases, the vehicle does have the remaining factory warranty still in place and will be described above if that is the case. All taxes and fees are the responsibility of the buyer and are not included in the listed price. All vehicle sales will require a $65 document fee. The vehicle listed is described to the best of our ability. The information is based on our own research and statements made to us by the previous owner(s). To the best of our knowledge, the above information is accurate. We are not responsible for errors in our description of options or any other details. The above-mentioned vehicle is used and can be expected to show some wear and tear. It is not a brand new vehicle. We do welcome all local pre-purchase inspections on vehicles in order to verify condition.
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