Magnificently restored 1960 Porsche 356 B Roadster, produced in December of 1960 is finished in its original color combination of Aetna blue with red interior. This roadster is believed to have been sold new in Europe, however it has been in California for the past 30 years. It features sharp cosmetics plus is a spectacular example to drive. It retained just one California owner for approximately 25 years, before being acquired by the highly regarded 356 restoration expert Ted Blake. In need of refreshing, Mr. Blake set about restoring the car to his famously high standards.
During the rebuild, the generator stand (which displays the engine number) was transferred to a 356C case which has a superior oiling system. The original matching case is included with the car. The C case was built up to 1720cc and fitted with SC (counter balanced) crankshaft, Super 90 heads, SC rods, 9.25:1 compression ration J&E pistons, and 40mm intake valves. The original Zenith carbs were employed (rebuilt of course), various sheet metal powder coated, and the generator and fuel pump rebuilt. A new pressure plate, throwout bearing, and clutch were also fitted. The transmission is a two mount type made in December of 1960 which indicates the only difference of significance between the 1960 and 1961 model year 356. The transmission was rebuilt with new bearings, new synchromesh, and a quarter inch side stiffener to prevent the axle boot from leaking. The front suspension was rebuilt in its entirety including new Boge shocks and steering damper. Furthermore, the steering box was also rebuilt, along with new wheel cylinders, brake lines, and dual master cylinder (which is hidden from above making it look stock). A new German wiring harness was fitted and new LED lights fitted into the original tail light housings. Palo Alto Speedometer rebuilt all the gauges. The windscreen was replaced, and a full new top and interior from Autos International was fitted. The car has covered approximately 2,000 miles since its restoration.
The quality of the restoration is well noticed and makes an excellent cosmetic impression. The body is straight with excellent fit and gaps. The driver's door fits and operates superbly. The paintwork was applied to high standards with nearly no issues. The paint trailing edge of the passenger's door was polished through, and there are a few swirls about the car, but it is truly excellent overall. The chrome is also excellent, as are the glass, lights, and lenses. The car is fitted with new Michelin XZX tires all round which makes the wheels look fresh in appearance. The wheels are date code matching and the car wears a 1986-only *sunset* license plate, indicating that the car has been in California for at least 29 years.
The interior is correctly restored to exceptionally high standards. The upholstery workmanship is excellent, including the dashboard, door panels, and the seats. Additionally, the floors are correct rubber and the carpets are the correct square weave material. The dash and instruments were also restored. This roadster is equipped with a Wooden Steering Wheel which gives off a true classical flavor.
The engine compartment was correctly restored to high standards as well. Aside from some light soiling, it is essentially spotless. All the correct decals and air filters are correct and in place. The trunk was also restored to immaculate standards with a correct semi gloss finish on the fuel tank, new rubber mat, and restored October 1960 date coded spare with matching new Michelin XZX tire. The fuel tank in place is dated November 1960. A new leather strap to retain the spare was also fitted.
This is an excellent opportunity to acquire an incredible 356 Roadster that was restored by one of the best in the business. Impressively finished in its original color combination, the restoration was completed to high standards. It comes with its matching numbers engine case as well as its Certificate of Authenticity. Both the cosmetic and mechanical aspects distinguish this car as an impressive Porsche Roadster to claim as your own.
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