The 356 can fairly be described as the car that put Porsche on the map, its unconventional rear-mounted flat-four engine starting a tradition that continues to the present day. The earliest 356s were somewhat underpowered and very primitive in terms of equipment but, by the late 1950s, had matured into an altogether more sophisticated sports car, with plenty of creature comforts. In September 1959, the most radical development of the 356 was announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with an entirely restyled body - designated the T5 - featuring different bumpers and revised front wings with the headlamps mounted higher up. In 1961, Porsche announced a Roadster variant to fill the gap between the spartan Speedster and the more luxurious Cabriolet, joining the existing Coupe. The chassis also underwent some revision and the tendency towards oversteer was reduced (radial tyres as standard fitment helped in this regard), while the floorpan was altered to increase rear passenger space. The new 356B was available with three different pushrod engines, the 1600 and 1600S continuing unchanged but with the addition of the new Super 90 featuring twin-choke carburettors, larger inlet valves and a reworked cylinder head to increase power output. The brakes were improved, with better friction linings and the drums now had 72 light alloy ribs to keep them cool.
• ‘Porsche Concours winner in 2012’
• Full restoration 3,700km ago
• Engine built to ‘Super 90’spec
• Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche
Winner of a Gold Award at the 2012 Porsche 356 Register concours de Elegance, this beautiful Porsche 356B ‘T6’ ‘Twin Grille’ roadster was imported in 2010 and converted to right hand drive by renowned Porsche 356 authority Brian Jones. A full restoration was completed in 2010-2011, with the engine rebuilt to Super 90 specifications and enlarged to 1720cc. Finished in the very attractive Aquamarine Blue with contrasting red leather trim, offset by a black soft top in excellent condition, this lovely roadster features a woodrim steering wheel, original toolkit and Bilstein jack, and drivers manual and sales brochure. It comes complete with Import Approval and Certificate of Authenticity from Porsche, and some receipts. Just one of 248 built this Porsche is in great condition throughout and would suit the most fastidious of buyers. These early Porsches are rightly highly sought-after and continue to strengthen in value. The 356 is being offered for sale unregistered.
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