Up for auction is this custom 1961 Porsche 356B T4 Coupe finished in Arctic Silver Metallic. Purchased by its current owner approximately 20 years ago, this 1961 example has been gradually restored and upgraded into the street-legal vintage racer we see today. It features upgraded brakes and suspension, a reworked flat-flour engine, and a custom red leather upholstered interior with racing safety equipment. Although this example is fully equipped to compete on the racetrack, the seller reports it has only ever been used for street driving, concours display, and the occasional track test. The ideal choice for a car show, vintage race, or weekend drive, this 356 is now being offered by its seller and longtime owner out of California with only several hundred miles driven on the rebuilt engine and gearbox.
During the current ownership about 10 years ago, this 356 underwent a full glass out respray in Arctic Silver Metallic. During this time the floor pans were replaced, the original brightwork was refurbished, and the metal panels were thoroughly inspected and repaired as needed before the car was reassembled with new glass and seals. The paint is said to remain in very good condition with only minor imperfections, and clear paint protection film has also been applied over the partial front end. (detailed images are provided in the photo gallery). The bumpers have been removed, louvers were added to the rear decklid to improve airflow, and fender liners have been installed to protect the remote oil cooler. This 356 rides on a set of custom Boyd Coddington aluminum wheels dressed in Hoosier Speedster tires that are said to bear approximately 100 miles of use. The vinyl racing graphics are easily removable and the seller states that the original bumpers have been painted to match and will also be included in the sale.
The interior has been completely restored and appointed with grey square weave carpeting and red leather. Other details include a complete bolt-in roll cage with removable door bars, integrated headrests, and a mounted fire extinguisher, Speedster-style bucket seats, 5-point safety belts, a fire suppression system, a Nardi wood-rimmed steering wheel, and gauges restored by Palo Alto Speedometer. The fire suppression system is said to be in need of a recharge, there is no heater, and the seller reports all gauges and electrical features to be working properly.
This 356 is equipped with an air-cooled flat-four engine based on a period-correct case with upgraded Porsche 912 heads, a new crankshaft, exhaust system, electronic ignition, and Solex 40 carburetors. The rear wheels are driven through a 4-speed manual gearbox which was also rebuilt and fitted with custom gear ratios at the same time as the engine build within the last 3 years. Other upgrades include a remote oil cooler behind the driver’s side front fog light, new Bilstein shock absorbers, a rear camber adjuster, reinforced front spindles, larger torsion bars, and disc brakes at the front wheels. Recent maintenance items addressed within the last 2 months included cleaning the fuel lines, rebuilding the carburetors, and full refurbishment of the fuel cell with a new bladder and pump. Some slight oil leaks are reported, and the seller describes this 356 to be in excellent running order with only several hundred break-in miles on the rebuilt drivetrain.
This sale will include a set of keys, a pair of custom carbon fiber air cleaners with ITG filters, a full toolkit and leather case, a jack pad, tie-downs, a window net, a car cover, and a clean California title. Well-suited for a variety of activities and events, this 356 is ready to provide years of enjoyment to its next owner, do not miss out.