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Monday 4 September 2017

1961 PORSCHE 356B COUPE - COYS AUCTIONS Thoroughbred & Vintage @ Fontwell House THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2017

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The 356B, produced from 1960 through 1963, represents the mid-point in this design’s progression. In what is known as “T5” form, the B introduced new front and rear sheet-metal, while retaining the curved front trunk lid and rounded fenders of the 356A series. The B also added some features demanded by American customers, such as raised front and rear bumpers with over-riders to better protect the body from parking mishaps. The headlamps were raised, a larger hood handle added, and front vent windows appeared in the doors. Mechanically, the gearbox and drum brakes were upgraded. A new steering wheel and column refreshed the interior, along with redesigned rear seats.
In the late 1980s, the Porsche 356 was finding new favour with collectors who increasingly performed high-end restorations and trailered their cars from show field to show field. But Emory Motorsports of Oregon revived the Porsche hot-rod scene by slapping on fat wheels, hot engines and lots of period rally parts to then go out drive their cars hard. They were nicknamed “Outlaws” as they flew in the face of the mainstream 356 community and their cars were far from the pampered concourse queens that dominated the scene. Since that time, the “outlaw” name stuck and has become synonymous with hot 356 Porsches of all types.

Completed at Porsche in 1961 as a B-model, this 356 Coupe was finished in Aetna Blue. This attractive 356 B hot rod is a fabulous example of this now classic “outlaw” style. It is finished in a non-standard metallic green, with subtle ‘Outlaw’ works carried out by previous US owners, before import to the U.K by the current owner from the U.S dry state of Nevada. Powering the car is the desirable Super 90 that was subject to a rebuild in 2011.
To complete the ‘Outlaw’ look, bumpers have been removed and original seats have been replaced with 911 RS Replica bucket seats. The originals remain with the car, so any new owner could, if they wish, return the car to a more standard 356B specification. The vehicle comes complete with a history file dating from 2011 and a current UK V5 registration document.


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