Format: 2019-06-19 21:14:07

Porsche 356B 1600 Coupé 1961 118029-London Olympia 2461

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London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
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137 UYS
Sold for: £ 70.000

1961 Porsche 356B 1600 Coup
Registration no. 137 UYS
Chassis no. 118029
*Matching numbers
*Left-hand drive
*Correct colour combination
*2nd in class Dana Point Concours d'lgance 2015
*Recent service by PR Services
One of the all-time great sports cars, the 356 was the work of Ferry Porsche, who had been inspired by the FIAT-based Cisitalias of Piero Dusio. Ferry's 356 was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father, and like the immortal 'Beetle' employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Introduced in 1948, the Porsche 356 set a new standard for small sports cars and proved adaptable to all forms of motor sport including circuit racing and rallying. 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 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 unit of the Super 90. 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.
Fully documented, this matching numbers Porsche 356B has had only six owners and comes with a large history file containing all receipts, records of works carried out, and details of ownership changes dating back to 1961. Restored in 2010 and presented in beautiful condition, it placed 2nd in class at the Porsche 356 Club Dana Point Concours d'lgance in 2015. Fitted options include headrests, deluxe horn ring, luggage straps, driving lights, and a Blaupunkt AM/FM radio.
The current vendor purchased the car at Bonhams' Olympia Sale in December 2016 (Lot 349) and it is being offered for sale due to a further house move by the consignor. Since then it has covered an additional circa 1,000 miles and is offered for sale fresh from a service carried out by marque specialists, PR Services. Finished in Champagne Yellow with black leather interior, its original colour combination, the car is offered with Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT, and a V5C registration Certificate.

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