- Offered from the King Collection
- A lovely 356 B Cabriolet in rarely seen Smyrna Green
- Powered by 912 engine reportedly rebuilt by Vic Skirmants
- A perfect candidate for a full restoration or pleasure driving
- Supplied with a Kardex copy, spare
Richard Q. King was a well-known Porsche 356 enthusiast and collector from Ohio, and his estate is offering several of his cars for sale out of long-term storage. Among them is this very attractive 1963 356 B “Normal” Cabriolet, which was completed on 28 June 1963 and sent a few weeks later to the company’s Belgian distributor, D’Iteteren Freres in Brussels. The first owner is shown to have been an American who arranged for European Tourist delivery.
According to its Kardex, a copy of which is included, this 356 was originally painted Heron Grey (6207) and upholstered in Black leather. Factory options on this car included a set of Koni shock absorbers and a silver-painted luggage rack.
Although its early ownership history is unknown, we see that during its life, this elegant Cabriolet was fitted with another engine—in this instance an early US-specification (1967-1968) 912 of 1,582 cubic centimeters and 90 horsepower, reportedly rebuilt by renowned 356 expert Vic Skirmants. The transaxle, evidently a replacement unit bearing the number 22706, was reportedly rebuilt as well. It was also repainted in eye-catching and period-correct 6210 Smyrna Green, while retaining its Black leather interior. A tan folding top was also installed.
After many years of storage, this Cabriolet emerged and was thoroughly inspected by a professional appraiser whose included report noted that both the interior and exterior appear to be in good condition, with the paint displaying the normal small rock chips that come from regular road use. The interior as well shows some wear, but it remains within acceptable norms. A previous owned installed an aftermarket stereo system and CD changer. Today, this Cabriolet displays an odometer readout of 24,794 miles; however, its actual mileage is unknown.
Over the years, 356 Cabriolets have earned a wonderful reputation as comfortable, well-built, and fast touring cars. This example, with its newer 912 engine producing a third more power than its original powerplant, should provide its next owner with many years of driving enjoyment—or serve as a starting point for a comprehensive restoration.