The 356 was the 1st serial production car built by Porsche, and it eventually became the 1st major success that paved the way to Porsche name into the world of sports cars, roadsters, and motorsports. The 356 had humble beginnings and was heavily based on the Volkswagen. It had a similar monocoque chassis and an engine that was based on the Volkswagen flat 4-cylinder engine. To make it his own design, Dr. Ferdinand Porsche significantly improved the Volkswagen engine using new camshaft, new heads, new crankshaft, and other components. He also added a dual carburetor intake squeeze out more power.
In 1948, the 1st ever Porsche car made a public appearance in Austria. Over the years, fewer Volkswagen components were used in the Porsche cars. Eventually, Dr. Porsche was able to refine the Porsche engine and was able to produce twice as much as the Volkswagen. During its 17-year production, the 356 was continuously refined without drifting away to the original design. When the last of the 356C cars went out in 1965, the power of the Porsche engine was almost twice of the early Porsche cars. It also received 4 wheel disc brakes and several style and mechanical improvements.
Like most long-running cars, each generation of the model has a community of diehard fans. For a lot of classic car enthusiasts, the Porsche 356B is still one of the most stylish and best-performing models of all 356. The 356 was blessed with a wide selection of body types and style during its long production run. From the standard coupes to more stylish Cabriolets, the Porsche 356 was enjoyed by many fans. Probably the purest form of the 356 was the Speedster that focused on being a sports car. The Speedster was first introduced in 1955 that was influenced by Max Hoffman, an American importer. Hoffman predicted that a simple and cheap 356 would be a success in America, especially in the California where people were in love with sports car racing.
Hoffman’s prediction was proven right and the Porsche Speedster became an instant success. The Speedster was relatively simple compared to the Cabriolet, it had an open top design with a small sporty windscreen, side curtains instead of glass windows, fixed bucket seats, and a standard folding top. The Speedster was also lighter which made it faster that other Porsche models, it was also significantly cheaper. The minimalistic design captured the hearts of many Americans but unfortunately, it had a short production run that lasted from 1955 to 1958.
The demand for simple sports car dwindled, so Porsche changed its approach to keeping up with the customers’ demands. The succeeding Convertible D was an improved Speedster, it had higher windscreens, and roll up glass windows. In 1960, the Roadster was introduced, a completely new design that replaced the Convertible D. The Roadster shared the basic designs of the Speedster but had a lot more comforting features, a lot more than the previous Convertible D. It featured complete weather equipment, roll up glass windows. The more stylish bodies were built by Karosserie Drauz. The 1600 engine provided great performance. The Roadster is the only sports car model of the 356B. The Roadster also had a short production run that lasted until early 1962 which made the Cabriolet the only 356 model at that time.
This beautiful 1960 356B Roadster is an original numbers matching example that has recently undergone a complete restoration that focused on reliability and comfort. It comes with a solid color combo of Bali Blue exterior, black Stafast top, and red leather interior topped with gray squareweave carpets. The bodywork and paint job look fantastic, the panel gaps are tight and consistent. The brightwork and chrome trims have a beautiful shine. This Roadster rides on chrome wheels on all corners and is fitted with Vredestein tires.
The original with matching numbers 1600 Super engine has been authenticated by the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. The engine received a new twin Weber carburetors to increase performance and makes it easier to maintain. For those who wants originality, the original carburetors are still available. The engine looks extremely clean and solid. The interior also looks excellent. The leather is still very fresh and the red upholstery perfectly complements the blue exterior. The period correct gray sqaureweave carpets and a deluxe steering wheel looks great.
The 356B Roadster is among the rarest and most wanted of all 356 models and this 1960 Porsche 356 Roadster is a perfect example. A lot of money and work have been done to restore this Roadster.
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