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25 July 2015

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Lot 180

1963 Porsche 356 B 1600 Coupe by Reutter

  • Chassis no. 121371
  • Engine no. 609112

Sold for $71,500


60 hp, 1,582 cc OHV air-cooled horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with transverse torsion bars, trailing arms, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with torsion bars, semi-trailing arms, swing axles, tubular shock absorbers, and an anti-roll bar, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 82.7 in.

  • Equipped with the desirable and optional factory steel sunroof
  • Restored by Classic Showcase
  • Includes a copy of the factory Kardex


Porsche introduced its first car, ultimately referred to as the 356, in March 1948. Volkswagen-supplied running gear, suspension, brakes, steering, and gearbox underpinned the car, while Porsche modified the engine with redesigned heads and a Solex carburetor above each bank of cylinders on twin-port manifolds. About 50 hand-built coupes and cabriolets were produced between 1948 and 1950, with the company soon finding itself in need of better facilities in order to grow and prosper.

Series production began in March 1950. Demand quickly exceeded the original quota of 500 cars, with the company reaching that number just one year later. By March 1954, Porsche had built ten times its original estimate.

The 356 A introduced in 1956 was an update of the original design. Included were a curved, one-piece windshield, more specialized Porsche components, and a greater choice of engines. This model remained in production through the 1959 model year.

Its successor, the 356 B, was introduced in September 1959 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It featured higher front and rear bumpers, a raised front fender line, and higher-placed headlamps. Porsche reasoned that the higher bumpers would protect the bodywork in parking situations, and to this end, larger vertical bumper guards were fitted. The license plate lamp was removed from the rear of the body and placed in the rear bumper upper surface with small dual directional lamps. Small air intake grilles similar to those for the horns were placed in line with the horn grilles beneath the bumper at each ends of the car. The year 1963 saw 356 B production total 9,692 cars.

According to the Porsche factory Kardex, of copy of which is included on file, this 356 B was built on August 27, 1962, and delivered new through Hoffman Motorcars in New York to its original owner, Edward W. Ver Hoef, of Rockville, Maryland. The car was originally finished in Silver Metallic with a red vinyl interior. While its subsequent ownership history is currently unknown, it is reported that the Porsche spent much of its life in California. It is currently fitted with a period-correct, 60-horsepower 1600-series engine and four-speed manual transmission, along with the highly desirable factory sunroof option.

Prior to its purchase by the consigner in 2007, the 356 B was professionally restored by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, to a high-quality driver standard in its original silver color. At that time, the engine and carburetors were rebuilt, the car was treated to new brakes, clutch, and suspension, and the gas tank was restored. The car was stripped to bare metal and painted with a base coat/clear coat finish, then color sanded, buffed, and fitted with a new black interior.

The car remains in very nice condition since its restoration and will continue to serve its new owner well on driving tours as well as Porsche Club and track events.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more