If you could name one icon in the automobile industry, it has to be the Porsche 911. As long as many fans can remember, the German legend has a prominent place in the shortlist of historical and modern sports cars. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the predecessor of the 911. The model where it all started with back in 1948: the 356. Three figures which reflect everything that the iconic sports car brand today stands for.
Especially in case of this beautifully restored, original Dutch 1961 Porsche 356 B Roadster. A project that lasted 18 years. However, in the end, we got the honor to finish it.
History & condition
This exceptionally stunning car has had only one owner over the past 30 years; unique! In 1999, the former owner decided to revive his characteristic Roadster through a so-called body-off restoration. For 18 years a whole team of well-known professionals, each with their own specialty, worked on the rebirth of the 356 B. Including our technicians; they are responsible for the final assembly. A full photoshoot of the restoration is included for those who want to have an image of how this radical process exactly worked.
Interior & exterior
The 356 was available in numerous colors. The best known happens to be the most suitable: silver. The paint is fresh, elegant and fits the timeless looking Roadster perfectly. The gorgeous curves and graceful body lines really come into their own in this color. The chrome parts provide some extra gloss, while the blue roof emphasizes the great distinction of the open two-seater.
Very stylish and blue is also the smoothly designed interior. Again, chrome details stand for optical refinement. The large 3-spoke steering wheel is typical 50/60s and almost begs to be touched. Taking place in the 356 B is one big adventure.
Nevertheless, once the Porsche is moving, it’s an even bigger adventure. The technique of the 356 is known for its reliability and originality: an air-cooled rear-mounted boxer engine and rear wheel drive featuring an irresistible, typical Porsche sound. Goosebumps all over the place after turning the key in the ignition! This is how an authentic and pure sports car experience feels like.
The Porsche 356 appeared in several embodiments during the production years 1948-1965. There was a Coupe, a Roadster and an extremer designed Speedster version. A variety of engines were available as well. And then there was a number of optical and technical modifications, indicated with the type designations 'A', 'B' and 'C'.
This truly magnificent 356 B Roadster was built in 1961. The car belongs to the first series-produced 356 B’s; also known as Type 5 (T5). The main difference with the Type that followed (T6, from 1962) is that the Coupe version of the Type 6 was a stand-alone model, while the T5 Coupe was basically a Roadster with an afterwards mounted hardtop.
Would you like to know and see more of this German made jewel from the Netherlands? Feel free to visit our showroom!