The 356B debuted with revised styling cues and a wider range of more powerful engines featuring Porsche’s race-inspired engineering. This 1961 Porsche 356B 1600S is finished in Signal Red over a black leatherette interior. It was acquired by the seller in 2012 and subsequently underwent a restoration courtesy of Allen Johnsen Racing Service which included new paint, a refurbished interior, transmission and top-end engine work, and more. Accompanied by a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, this 356B is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Colorado.
Revisions of this model compared to the 356A included raised headlights, re-contoured and raised front and rear bumpers, and brake-cooling intakes below the front nose. This Ruetter-bodied 356 originally came finished in Signal Red (6011) and was treated to a bare metal respray in 2014, courtesy of Kustom Coachworks. During the restoration, it also received new rubber and trim from Stoddard. The seller reports that the finish remains in very good overall condition, and notes that the car has been waxed annually since it was refinished. Details include a single bullet-style mirror, body-color bumpers with chrome over riders, and a set of 15” chrome wheels with Porsche-crested hubcaps. The wheels come dressed in a set of Vredestein Sprint Classic tires bearing date codes from 2021. Additional images can be found in the gallery.
The cabin is upholstered in black leatherette and was reupholstered during its restoration by Autos International Inc. of Escondido, California. Additional refurbishments included new carpets with Dynamat lining headliner and door panels, as well as gauges restored by North Hollywood VDO. Equipment includes front lap belts, map pockets, and an upgraded 12v electrical system, VDO instrumentation, and a replacement JVC cassette stereo. The seller confirms that all gauges, electronics, and accessories remain functional.
Power comes from a 1600cc flat-four engine that sends power to the rear wheels through a 4-speed manual gearbox. The seller notes that during the restoration, the engine's top-end and transmission were serviced by Allen Jonhsen Racing Service. Improved equipment for the 356B compared to its predecessor included new cast-aluminum Alfin brake drums with iron liners, and improved sealing to direct water away from the brakes. The seller reports that there are no outstanding service items to note at this time.
This sale will include a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a clean title.
The seller would like you to know: "Thanks for visiting my auction. I restored this car at my shop Allen Johnsen Racing Serv. in 2012. I and my brother have enjoyed taking it to car shows in western Colorado and eastern Utah, where it has won many awards. The car has always been stored in a climate-controlled garage. This car starts and runs very well! Thanks, A.J."