Lot 318 - 1963 Porsche 356B T6 Cabriolet
|Odometer reading||12,910 miles|
|Estimate||£90,000 - £98,000|
|Result||Sold - £92,000|
Porsche's 356 became a classic the day the first car left the production line and the ensuing years have only enhanced the legend. Continuous updates from the very earliest days of the model and gradual replacement of its early Volkswagen-based components with parts from Porsche manufacture see to this. These detail changes came frequently but major change was only made when necessary and after due consideration of their effect to improve performance, ride, handling and the marque's enviable reputation of being able to produce sporting motor cars with competition-beating reliability. After a significant updating in 1955 with the 356A, the 356B was introduced in 1960, the firm's most significant evolution yet. Motivated in part by increasingly demanding safety regulations, the 356B had raised, stronger bumpers and lifted headlights that noticeably altered the car's frontal appearance. Vent window in the doors and hinged rear windows enhanced interior ventilation. Up-rated Elfin brakes with cooling fins also benefited from air intakes below the headlights which channels cooling air to the front drums.
This original UK, righthand drive, matching numbers car was supplied new by AFN with the same registration number that it has today. When new, it was finished in Heron Grey with black interior and a copy of the AFN record card shows 158129 started life with Mr. Alan Marshall. Interestingly, In May 1963, AFN fitted a super 90 engine which was changed back to the original super 1600 engine still fitted. There is a note on the card that this car was then sold to Mr. Cairns in August 64 for £1,800. In the history folder there is an old style green log book and old style V5 which shows owners Mr. John Singer January 77, Mr John Matta (no date), Nick Guarino, Feb. 84 and Mr. Leslie Allen-Vercoe, Oct. 87. Mr Allen-Vercoe has written some letters to former owners trying to research the cars history as he was restoring the car at the time, this is probably why the car has a rich history file. In March 1994, the car passes to well-known 356 expert Barry Curtis who in turn passes the car to Mr. Sebastian Piech. There is a Hong Kong log book for the car dated July 1994. Mr. Piech is Ferdinand Porsche's great nephew and part for the Porsche/Piech family that also once ran Volkswagen. Mr. Piech is still famously an active 356 owner and on the board of hydrogen powered car company, Riversimple. Mr. Piech sold the car to his Brother-in-law in October 2002. There is a pleasant had written note from Mr Piech to Mr. Papachristidis explaining that there is large history file to be passed over and that the car is due an MoT test. The rest of the file is full of invoices, photographs and old MoT test certificates. Mr. Papachristidis owned the car up until very recently and always kept the car in top condition regardless of cost. It was looked after by 356 specialists, PRS, in Essex and also had some paint repairs by marque experts, Sportwagen. The car is in near perfect condition, ready to be enjoyed and comes with a V5C registration document and a new MoT test certificate. It is estimated that a total of around only 200 righthand drive cabriolets were produced by the factory in all 356 production, making this an incredible rare example.
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