- One of only 1,047 “notchback” coupes from Karmann
- A fully restored matching-numbers example in very attractive colors
- Displayed at the Cincinnati Art Museum from April to June 2014
- Porsche Certificate of Originality included
75 hp, 1,582 cc Type 616/1 air-cooled OHV horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with dual Solex carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with laminated torsion bars, parallel trailing arms, and tubular shock absorbers, independent rear swing-axles with torsion bars and tubular shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.
The Porsche 356 B offered here is a very attractive T5 Karmann “notchback” that has been the subject of a recent high-quality restoration. After being beautifully finished, it was invited to be displayed as the only car at the Cincinnati Art Museum, as part of the museum’s celebration of the artful design of the automobile, from April 8 to June 1 of this year.
The car’s factory-issued Certificate of Authenticity states that it left the factory on August 17, 1961, and was finished in Aetna Blue (6003) with a Light Grey leatherette interior (D). According to the consignor, the previous owner was a hospital minister from Bradenton, Florida, who reportedly purchased the car from California in the mid-1970s. The minister stored the car for many years in the lower level of his home, where it was protected from moisture.
The seller notes that this car was restored just a year ago by Hoyt’s in Sarasota, Florida, who began with a solid, rust-free tub. As part of the restoration, it was refinished in its original Aetna Blue and the owner had the roof painted a complementary black. The engine was recently rebuilt and uprated by German Tech in Largo, Florida, to 75-horsepower “Super” specification, which included adding new pistons, valves, rods, bearings, oil return tubes, and a camshaft. The ignition system, carburetors, brakes, and transmission were also rebuilt, and the car has a new clutch, shock absorbers, and exhaust system.
Inside, the seats were redone in taupe leather, with matching door and side panels, and it has charcoal carpeting. The instruments have new old stock trim rings, and the car comes with its original Blaupunkt radio, steering wheel, and seats, as well as a reproduction owner’s manual and a comprehensive binder of restoration invoices for work on the body, interior, and engine. Finally, the Porsche has recently been fitted with a new set of 185/65x15 tires.
Offered here is an opportunity to acquire a rarely seen and excellently restored example of the famed Porsche 356, one that has a matching-numbers drivetrain and is perfectly suited to drive and enjoy or enter in a concours.