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Lot 19

2016   |   Amelia Island Auctions 2016

1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet

Coachwork by Reutter

SOLD $187,000

Estimate

$175,000 - $225,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

157310

Engine

609460

Car Highlights

Exemplary, Refined, and Highly Optioned 356 B Cabriolet
Retains Its Matching-Numbers Engine and Transaxle
Enduring Older Restoration in Distinctive Original Champagne Yellow
Verified by Porsche Factory Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity
Accompanied by Original Books, Tools, Restoration Records, and Judging Sheets

Technical Specs

1,582 CC OHV Air-Cooled Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
Dual Zenith 32 NDIX Carburetors
60 BHP at 4,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Torsion Bars
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Numbered 157310, this 1963 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet marks one of the finest expressions of Porsche’s cornerstone model. It was completed on September 19, 1962, finished in Champagne Yellow and extraordinarily equipped with 13 options. Delivered new to Dutch Porsche importer Ben Pon, 157310 was purchased by M.A. Basinger of Denver, Colorado, and then shipped stateside.

In 1992, the cabriolet received a nut-and-bolt restoration at gary Balzer’s Vintage garage in Hanford, California, including a refinish in its factory color over beige leather. A former Porsche Parade concours participant, 157310 rides on “5/62” date-stamped wheels and is accessorized with Hella fog lamps, a Leitz luggage rack with leather ski straps, luggage straps and a three-piece period luggage set, a matching boot cover, a spare wheel with leather strap, Coco floor mats, period tools, a jack, and accessories.

Formerly part of a respected Texas collection, 157310–informally known as “Buttercup”–has been thoroughly detailed and serviced. In addition to the factory Kardex and Certificate of Authenticity, the cabriolet is accompanied by a comprehensive dossier containing restoration invoices, several concours judging sheets, an original service book, a May 1962 Porsche accessory list, and a Driver’s Manual in its plastic sleeve. Ready for continued enjoyment, this immensely collectible 356 B Cabriolet is sure to garner admiration everywhere it goes.