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The 356 model is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop, Coupe, and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.
In model year 1960, the 356A was replaced by the completely redesigned 356B (T5). Visual differences include the front bumper which was positioned a little higher as were the headlights. The horn grilles were flatter and featured two chrome-plated slats and the number plate lights were integrated into the higher-positioned rear bumper while the reversing light was mounted below the bumper.
For model year 1962 (T6), the 356B was fitted with a significantly wider front lid and a tank cap in the front right wing. Two vertical ventilation grilles were integrated into the enlarged bonnet. The 1962 line (T6 production) was very different in that the new T6 notchback Coupe body did not start life as a cabriolet, but with its own production design, in essence, part cabriolet rear end, part T6 Coupe windshield frame, and a unique hardtop. Both years of these models have taken the name ‘Karmann notchback’.
The car presented here is a very attractive, left-hand drive 1962 Porsche 356B T6, US-delivered and originally supplied in S specification, but subsequently fitted with a standard engine that, according to paperwork in the history file, was rebuilt by the legendary Porsche mechanic Harry ‘The Maestro’ Pellow who wrote books on the subject and dedicated 20 years to improving 356 engines, including working on Jerry Seinfeld’s example.
The car was bought and used by a UK-based enthusiast for a tour around the US West Coast before he returned home bringing the little Porsche with him. In fine mechanical and structural fettle, it drives and performs exceedingly well, appearing very solid and wholly genuine. Currently having some recommissioning work carried out, the car will be serviced and UK-registered prior to our sale.