1961 porsche 356B T5 CABRIOLET
The model that started everything! The Porsche 356 is about as iconic as it gets. The first car was built on June 8th, 1948 in Gmund, Austria, powered by a 1.1l VW air-cooled flat four engine, with a massive horsepower rating of 35hp and a top speed of 83 MPH. 50 total "Pre-A's" were built in Gmund.
The main production of 356's ran from 1950 -1965 and were built in Zuffenhausen, a region of Stuttgart Germany and still the home of Porsche. This particular model is the "B", running from 1960 - 1963, it is also known as the "T-5". It marked a milestone in the evolution of the 356, the bodywork showed significant (if subtle changes). The 356B (T-5) was available as a coupe, cabriolet or roadster.
This B, 1155474, was built on July 20th, 1961 with a body by Reutter. It was purchased by the owner's father from Porsche/VW dealer Pardee & Mozart in Palo Alto on November 20th, 1961.
A complete numbers matching example, this car received a restoration in 1990, prior to it being displayed at the Palo Alto Concours. Included in that restoration was a rebuild of the numbers matching engine being bored out to 1750 for more performance. Upon inheriting this car, the current owner had a full engine rebuild completed by Bauer Porsche of Oakland and a brake system overhaul by Griffin AutoWerks of Berkeley.
The car pulls very well, easily keeps up with modern traffic on the freeway and has one of the smoothest shifters of any 356 we've driven. The car had covered only 1000 miles from 2007 to 2016 before the latest mechanical refurbishment. The car drives and stops very well and is ready to be enjoyed!
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