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Porsche 356B 1600S Hardtop Coupé 1961

Description

Porsche 356B 1600S Hardtop Coupé 1961

Coachwork by Karmann

Chassis no. 200936

•Rare Hardtop Coupé model

•Correct Type 616/2 engine

•Comprehensively restored between 2014 and 2018

•Registered in Italy

FOOTNOTES

One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche and based on the Volkswagen designed by his father. Like the immortal 'Beetle', the 356 employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. In 1951 a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, thus beginning the marque's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe. 

The first phase of development saw the 356's engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 litres; the original split windscreen replaced by a one-piece; and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. 1955 marked the arrival of the restyled 356A, the newcomer being readily distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15" - down from 16" - wheels. Numerous further styling revisions differentiated the T5-bodied 356B of 1959 from its immediate predecessor, while the engine - now standardised at 1,600cc - was available in three different stages of tune, the most powerful - apart from the four-cam Carrera - being the 90bhp 1600S - 90 unit. In August 1960 a new model was added to the range: the hardtop coupé built by Karmann. This particular variant would turn out to be short-lived, production ceasing in June 1962 together with that of the roadster, though Karmann continued to build the normal coupé. 

The 356B represents significant advances in driveability and comfort over earlier 356 models, and is a pleasingly quick way to enjoy the traditional Porsche values of quality, reliability, and mechanical robustness. 

This example of Karmann's rare hardtop coupé version of the immortal Porsche 356 has been registered in Italy at least since 2002, and since 2014 has belonged to the current owner. The latter has carried out a comprehensive restoration of the body and mechanicals, the interior being re-trimmed at the same time. Some original parts were retained for aesthetic reasons so as retain a light patina of age and not give the impression of an overly restored car. After four years work, the restoration was finished in September 2018 and the Porsche has just passed the Italian 'revision' (the Italian equivalent of the MoT). The car still needs to be run in. Finished in red with black leather interior, this rare Porsche 356 variant is offered with Italian registration documents and a photographic record of the restoration.

 

1961 Porsche 356B 1600S Hardtop Coupé

Carrozzeria di Karmann

Telaio nr. 200936

• Rara versione Hardtop Coupé

• Motore Tipo 616/2 corretto

• Completamente restaurata tra il 2014 e il 2018

• Immatricolata in Italia

Una delle più grandi auto sportive di tutti i tempi, la 356 fu opera di Ferry Porsche ed era basata sulla Volkswagen disegnata da suo padre. Come l'immortale "Maggiolino, la 356 impiegava un telaio a piattaforma ed un motore raffreddato ad aria montato posteriormente, sospensioni a ruote indipendenti, con barre di torsione. Nel 1951, una vettura ufficiale terminò prima (nella classe 1.100 cc) la 24 Ore di Le Mans, dando inizio alla lunga ed importante associazione della marca con il circuito de La Sarthe.

La prima fase di sviluppo vide il motore del 356 crescere, prima a 1,3 e poi a 1,5 litri, il parabrezza originale in due pezzi evoluto in quello unico e l'adozione di un cambio Porsche sincronizzato. Il 1955 segnò l'arrivo della rinnovata 356A. La nuova versione si distingue facilmente per il parabrezza curvo e le ruote da 15" al posto di quelle da 16". Numerose ulteriori revisioni di stile hanno poi differenziato la carrozzeria della 356B T5 del 1959 da quella del modello immediatamente precedente, mentre il motore - ora standardizzato a 1.600 cc - era disponibile in tre diverse versioni, tra le quali la più potente - a parte la Carrera a quattro alberi a camme – era la versione 1600 S - 90 da 90 CV. Nell'agosto del 1960, fu aggiunto un nuovo modello alla gamma: la Coupé Hardtop costruita dalla Karmann. Questa particolare variante avrà una vita commerciale molto breve, la produzione cessa nel giugno 1962 insieme a quella della Roadster, sebbene Karmann continuasse poi a costruire la normale versione Coupé.

La 356B rappresenta un significativo passo in avanti nella guidabilità e nel comfort rispetto ai precedenti modelli di 356 e rappresenta un mezzo piacevole e veloce per poter godere dei valori tradizionali della Porsche in termini di qualità, affidabilità e robustezza meccanica.

Questo esemplare della rara Coupé Hard-top Karmann dell'immortale Porsche 356, è stato immatricolato in Italia almeno dal 2002 e, dal 2014, appartiene all'attuale proprietario. Quest'ultimo ha effettuato un restauro completo della carrozzeria e delle parti meccaniche, e, al contempo, ha rifoderato gli interni. Alcune parti originali sono state conservate per ragioni estetiche, in modo da mantenere una leggera patina d'invecchiamento e non dare l'impressione di una macchina eccessivamente restaurata. A settembre 2018, dopo quattro anni di lavoro, il restauro è terminato e la Porsche ha appena superato la "revisione" italiana (l'equivalente italiano del MoT). La vettura ha ancora bisogno di essere rodata. Verniciata in rosso con interni in pelle nera, questa rara variante Porsche 356 è offerta con documenti di immatricolazione italiani e una completa documentazione fotografica del restauro.

SELLER

Porsche 356B 1600S Hardtop Coupé 1961

PRICE

UNSOLD

OPENING BID

Est. € 85,000 - 115,000

Specifications

  • Model: Porsche 356B 1600S Hardtop Coupé
  • Year: 1961
  • Coachbuilder: Karmann
  • Designer: Erwin Komenda
  • Seller: Bonhams
  • Country: Italy
  • Contact: www.bonhams.com
  • Auction: Bonhams The PADUA Auction 27-10-2018
  • Auction date: 27 October 2018
  • Tags: 1961, Bonhams, coupe, Komenda, Porsche

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13.10.18

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