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Body by Reutter

1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet

  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity
  • Equipped with sought-after 1600 S engine
  • Desirable T6 Cabriolet configuration
  • Comprehensive restoration finished in distinctive Porsche Pascha Red over tan
  • From an important Texas Porsche collection

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The charming yet powerful 356 ignited Porsche’s legacy as the greatest German sports car, but its continued development cemented that reputation. The legendary model was well-equipped to delight as a daily driver or scream across the Autobahn. The definitive proof that dynamite comes in small packages, its formidable flat-four garnered victories at Le Mans and captured hearts around the world. Dressed in a beautiful Pascha Red with tan top and interior, this 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet boasts the desirable Reutter-designed T6 revision. Porsche has never been a marque to mess with a good thing. Like its long-lived successor, the 911, the 356 was continually refined and thoughtfully polished year after year until it reached sheer perfection. The later T6 variant of the 356B is a testament to that credo. The Porsche 356B was unveiled at the 1959 Frankfurt Auto Show sporting a new sheet metal design that augmented the alluringly curved front lid and rounded fenders with raised headlamps, front vent windows, and raised front and rear bumpers for parking convenience. Later T6 variants, as offered here, additionally delivered a larger front boot lid, attractive twin engine-cooling grilles, a larger chrome bonnet handle as well as enhanced visibility through a larger windshield and rear window and a more functional rearview mirror. The instrument panel was redesigned, the steering wheel and column were refreshed, and the fuel bay was conveniently relocated to the right front wing to eliminate the need to open the front lid when pumping gas.

The tweaked powertrain of the 1600 Super raised compression for an enhanced 75 horsepower that was 25 percent more powerful than the base 1600 flat-four engine; this was mated to the race-ready four-speed synchromesh transmission that also boasted an upgraded gearbox. The drum brakes were improved in this revision and the Solex carburetors had already been eschewed in favor of more reliable Zenith carburetors. The result was Porsche’s finest 356 to date and the Cabriolet offered unrivaled comfort compared to its predecessors. The rag-top beauty was described by Porsche as “a pleasant blend of convenience and beauty is found in the cabriolet with its convertible soft-top—representative and persuaded in its sporty elegance.” When it comes to sheer driver enjoyment, nothing in the Porsche lineup of the time comes close to the 356 Cabriolet, and this beautiful example is no exception.

Offered for the first time at auction from an important Porsche collection out of Houston, Texas, this 1963 Porsche 356B 1600 S (Super) Cabriolet boasts a highly correct and accurate restoration. The original ivory and black interior has been redone in a meticulously tailored, tan leather interior with matching cabriolet top and tonneau cover, complementing the Pascha Red interior accents. The flooring has been replaced with the correct German vinyl square weave carpeting and the striking gauges and radio are in lovely, working condition. Complete with emergency equipment, jack, Texas title and a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this car is equipped for the open road or a fine collection. According to the Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, Chassis 158540 was completed June 21, 1963, and was equipped with a 1600 Super flat-four-cylinder engine, and was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox. While not original to the car, the engne and transmission are the correct dates and equipment for the original factory specifications when the car first rolled out of Stuttgart to make its way to our shores. The 356 Super engine bay offers a very tidy presentation.

Offered with a beautiful restoration in stunning Pascha Red and elegantly congruous tan, this sporting Cabriolet is primed for the ultimate open-air drive along the coast. It is an exceptionally well-presented German road car capable of pleasing today's open sports car enthusiast. For anyone looking for a classy vintage sports car or immediate entry into the Porsche Club, this is it. Whether filling a gap in your Porsche collection or just as a way to have more fun on the weekends carving up some twisty roads with a view of the sky above, one would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable or more attractive 356 than the example offered here.

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