Lot 380 - 1961 Porsche 356B Convertible
|Odometer reading||86,993 km|
|Estimate||£120,000 - £140,000|
|Result||Sold - £140,560|
The Porsche 356 was the company's first production car and, with lightweight and nimble handling, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, represented one of the most sought-after sports car available at the time. Available in hardtop and convertible configurations, the design innovations continued during the years of manufacture and contributing to its motorsports success and popularity. Production started in 1948 at Gmünd, Austria where approximately 50 cars were built. In 1950, the factory relocated to Zuffenhausen, Germany and general production of the 356 continued until April 1965, well after the replacement model 911 made its autumn 1963 debut and it is estimated approximately half of the total production of 76,000 356s still survive. Little noticed at its inception, the first 356s sold primarily in Austria and Germany. From the first prototype in 1948, it took Porsche about two years to manufacture the first 50 units. By the early 1950s, the 356 had gained some renown among enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic for its aerodynamics, handling, and excellent build quality. It was common for owners to race the car as well as drive it on the street. Increasing success with its racing and road cars brought Porsche orders for over 10,000 units in 1964 and when 356 production ended in 1965 approximately 76,000 units had been produced.
This lefthand drive 356B 1600 convertible was subject to a complete rebuild in 2009 by Joe Macari Servicing Ltd of London which included changing the colour from red to black complementing the lush red leather interior and black mohair hood but keeping the original chromework. This Porsche feels and drives well with the only concession to today's world is being fitted with a Becker Mexico digital radio with an amplifier fitted in the boot. This extremely desirable 356B convertible is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate with no advisories and which expires in July 2014 and copies of the invoices relating to the refurbishment by Joe Macari in 2009. The Porsche 356 set the standard for the company for the next 65 years and these convertible models particularly, have become highly collectible as a result. Falling, as they have done, into the blue-chip investment category.
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