Although Porsche did not make a serious works effort in international rallying until the arrival of the 911, the 356 in private hands proved very competitive, being strongly constructed, light in weight and adequately powerful, especially in four-cam form. Early successes included private entrants Helmut Polensky and Walter Schuler’s victory in the 1952 Liege-Rome-Liege Rally and the same duo’s European Touring Championship the following year. And as late as 1961 the 356 proved good enough to bring works-assisted privateer Hans Walter the European Rally Championship. Today, these versatile Porsche GTs are among the most competitive cars in their class at historic circuit racing and rallying.
This left-hand-drive 356B coupe was exported new to the US, and in the 1990s was prepared and campaigned in classic sports car races in California. The car was imported into the UK in 2000 and in 2001 was acquired by the present Portuguese owner, who maintains that in his opinion this is one of the best prepared race/rally Porsche 356s in Europe.
Since restoration, the car has competed in circuit races and rallies in South America. Competition modifications include roll bar, fire extinguisher system, wide rear tires, ducted larger-than-standard oil cooler, electronic ignition, and fuel tank with central Le Mans-type filler. Included in the sale is a spare engine and transmission, both rebuilt, one new set of Koni shock absorbers and six Continental Contact tires, two of which are mounted on wheels. In addition, the car comes with all parts necessary to return the car to factory specification, including complete interior, chrome trim, front and rear bumpers, one new set of factory pistons and cylinders, and other items.