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Coachwork by Reutter
Porsche’s early Cabriolets set a very high standard for build quality and driving dynamics. The 356 Cabriolet’s unitized chassis was quite stiff, its folding top offered comfortable high-speed touring, and its 1,600 cc engine was reliable and fuel-efficient. This stunning example was originally delivered on June 7, 1962, and optioned with a chrome horn ring, crested hubcaps, Veith tires, and protective trim strips. The consignor acquired the car in 2011 and had a comprehensive restoration performed by respected specialists. The 75 hp Super engine, transaxle, brakes, and other systems were restored by 356 expert Larry Markham in Burbank, California. The body and paintwork was completed by Avio Coach Craft in West Los Angeles, who stripped the car to bare metal, did any necessary bodywork, and repainted it in Light Ivory. Autos International Inc. of Escondido, California, installed new red leather upholstery, square-weave carpets, and a new black canvas top and boot.
The restoration’s high level of execution means that today, the 356 presents extremely well, with its light color highlighting the purity of Porsche’s early design. It is offered with a tool kit, owner’s manual, car cover, jack, and Certificate of Authenticity. Restoration photographs and invoices are included. This 356 B Cabriolet, benefiting from documented work by noted experts, is a highly usable classic that would be equally at home on the open road or the show field.