1961 Porsche 356B D'Ieteren Roadster
• VIN 89375
• Completed September 5, 1961
• Original Color Slate Grey
• Matching engine and transmission
One of only 472 T5 Roadsters produced by D'Ieteren Freres in 1961,
just before the Roadster was phased out in favor of the Cabriolets.
It was the 108th from the last T5 Signal Grill Roadster built. This
is a good running and driving 356 with its matching Normal 1600cc
engine (Type 616/1), matching 741 manual 4-speed transmission, and
four-wheel drum braking system.
According to the Porsche Kardex, this Roadster was delivered by
Hoffman Motors Corp in New York, and the original color combination
was Slate Gray (color code 6001) with a Light Gray interior.
Presently finished in Black with a Red interior, tan soft top, and
black boot cover. Older paint with some paint imperfections,
needing cosmetic restoration to be perfect, but it is complete with
solid rust-free floor pans and battery box. This is a turn-key
driver that is ready to enjoy in as-is condition.
This 356 Roadster is perfect to enjoy with the top-down during
weekend touring. Complete with two keys, owner's manual, Porsche
Kardex, Nardi wood steering wheel, reclining seat brackets, radio
installed under the dash, spare oil filter, spare fan belt, lug
wrench, and a jack. Roadsters of all years have become highly
collectible and hard to find. A great opportunity to build what you
have always dreamed of.
Porsche's popular 356 Roadster was introduced for the 1960 model
year as a replacement of the one-year-only Convertible D, the
Speedster's more civilized successor. The new T-5 Roadster brought
several marked changes in appearance: the front fenders and
headlamps were raised, along with both the front and rear bumpers,
to better deal with urban parking. New vertical bumper guards also
helped in that respect. New brake-cooling intakes were added to the
nose below the front bumper. There were new cast-aluminum Alfin
brake drums with iron liners, and the brakes had improved sealing
to repel water.
The new Roadster shared many of the comfort attributes of the
Convertible D, including roll-up windows, comfortable seats, a
well-constructed convertible top with a tan-painted frame, and a
wraparound plastic rear window. For those with competition in mind,
the windshield could be removed, and roadsters, like the Speedster
and Convertible D, soon became popular in amateur sports car racing
around the world.
1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine,
four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension with
parallel trailing arms, transverse torsion bars, a front anti-roll
bar, rear swing axles with transverse torsion bars, and four-wheel
hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.