Lot 273 - 1962 Porsche 356B 1600S T6 Convertible
|Estimate||£86,000 - £96,000|
|Result||Sold - £118,720|
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 Porsche 356B has recently been restored and presents in magnificent, virtual concours condition. The subject of a total mechanical and body restoration over a couple of years, no expense has been spared by the fastidious, enthusiastic owner. The ruby red coachwork is superb as is the pristine chromework; the black interior has been totally re-trimmed. Mechanically, she has been very well sorted with everything either being rebuilt or replaced as necessary. The work has been carried out by Mr. Gregory's who was the 356 body restorer for AFN and Roger Bray, together they are highly respected 356 restorers; the car retains the matching numbers on the panels. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history folder; these stylish, collectible Porsches' are highly sought after and this delightful example will not disappoint.