1961 Porsche 356B T-5 1600

Whatever the auction catalog may say about the early 356Bs adding to the Porsche legend, at the time of its introduction, Porsche fans were aghast


Launched in 1948, the Porsche 356 employed a platform chassis with a rear-mounted, air-cooled engine and torsion bar independent suspension. In 1955 the 356A was introduced, readily distinguishable by its curved, one-piece windshield, a wider range of engines, and 15-inch, rather than 16-inch, wheels. Announced at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor show, the 356B T-5 enhanced Porsche’s reputation as builders of one of the finest small-capacity sports cars, continuing the commercial success of its predecessors.
Improvements were focused on handling, ride and refinement, as well as the addition of a more powerful 90-hp, 1600-cc engine. Cosmetic changes included a higher nose, raised front fenders and higher and stronger bumpers. Inside, the dash featured a black, dished steering wheel with brushed steel spokes, and black plastic switches. The seats were lowered to increase headroom and ventilation was improved with front quarter windows.
Exported new to the U.S. and re-imported to Germany in 2001, this very presentable 1961 Porsche 356B in Light Ivory is fitted with a tan interior, radio, and chrome wheels. In original left-hand drive and generally in very good condition, these practical and historic cars are currently acquiring a special level of interest, being ideal for continental rallies.

Jim Schrager

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Jim wrote for the 356 Registry and SCM for over a decade, was a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama (the magazine of the Porsche Club of America), and wrote for Excellence and the Porsche Market Letter. He has written two popular books on vintage Porsches: Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356; and Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Early Porsche 911. He owns about 20 vintage Porsches, which he attempts to keep on the road through all kinds of weather. He is a clinical professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he teaches a popular course on strategy. He actively races his family’s 41-foot sailboat with his two boys on Lake Michigan.

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