1961 Porsche 356B Coupe Custom

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.

Auction Results

  • Sold for: $92,000
  • Auction End: Feb. 23, 2021, 3:24 p.m.
  • Number of Bids: 37
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Comments (67)

  • Wheedoggie 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Sold for $92,000

  • Wheedoggie 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $92,000

  • Wheedoggie 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $89,000

  • urbantrek 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $88,750

  • Wheedoggie 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $88,356

  • David23 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $88,000

  • Wheedoggie 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $87,356

  • David23 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $87,000

  • assegearup 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $86,000

  • 2point2rev 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $85,000

  • urbantrek 5 days, 19 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $83,500

  • 2point2rev 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $83,000

  • David23 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $81,000

  • 2point2rev 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $80,000

  • assegearup 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $78,000

  • David23 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $76,000

  • urbantrek 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $75,500

  • assegearup 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $75,000

  • urbantrek 5 days, 20 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $72,500

  • mid6flite 6 days, 2 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $72,000

  • assegearup 6 days, 18 hoursago

    Bid in the amount of $70,356

  • PaulEJLin 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $64,606

  • Wheedoggie 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $64,356

  • Odin 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $64,000

  • Wheedoggie 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $63,356

  • rhart 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $62,000

  • mid6flite 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $60,356

  • GFastball 1 weekago

    Bid in the amount of $55,000

  • PCARMARKET 1 week, 1 dayago

    @dostler Please place your bid by clicking the “PLACE BID” button on the bar below (next to the COMMENT button” thank you.

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @rhart The car has been converted to 12 volt and a new battery was just installed.

  • dostler (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    $47,000

  • Wheedoggie 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $46,356

  • Odin 1 week, 1 dayago

    Bid in the amount of $46,000

  • rhart (registered bidder) 1 week, 1 dayago

    45Porsche45
    Has the car been converted to 12V?

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 1 dayago

    @001porschepicker The only area I saw some rust was on the engine tray and that was
    just the beginnings so I sanded that area and hit it with a scotch brite pad and then
    painted it black. This is an independent piece and is part of the underpart of the
    the tray that attaches the engine to the car. As far as I can see there is no rust on the
    car. Keep in mind this car has spent it's entire life in California and has been garaged for
    the past 20 years.

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @001porschepicker There are no visible rust spots on the car. You can also closely examine the undercarriage and you won't see any rust there or anywhere on the finish work. The paint job looks awesome on a sunny day unfortunately we are not getting many of those.

  • 001porschepicker (registered bidder) 1 week, 2 daysago

    Thank you for the clarification regarding the b pillar. But, to your knowledge, does the car have any rust spots?

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @rhmoritz I don't have any idea what the torque figure would be on the engine, we estimated the horsepower around 90. They ran the engine prior to installation but it wasn't run on a
    dyno so we don't have any accurate figures.

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @001porschepicker In reference to photo #31, there is no rust on the B pillar, what you are seeing is some glue that was used to attach the weatherstriping.

  • 001porschepicker (registered bidder) 1 week, 2 daysago

    In picture Number 31, rust appears to be breaking out in the b pillar. Please identify all known rust locations in the vehicle.

  • rhmoritz (registered bidder) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @45Porsche45 Thanks for the quick reply. Engine sounds robust and healthy. Any estimates on HP/TQ?

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 2 daysago

    @rhmoritz The motor is approximately 1,740cc and has mostly all new internals, crank,
    cam, rods, pistons, 912 heads, Solex carbs, 5 inch flutes, electronic ignition and new
    exhaust system. The vinyl decals can be removed with a hair dryer and some polishing
    compound to remove any remaining residue.

  • rhmoritz (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    What are the specs on the motor? Are the decals removable?

  • Ed317 (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    Thanks for the quick response
    I appreciate the details you have given

  • Neverenough (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    Seller
    I think Hoosier Speedster tires were made some time ago but not sure. Are the tires in date or out of date?
    Thanks

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    @rhart The roll cage is bolted into the car. An experienced mechanic could remove the enitre
    cage in a few hours.

  • rhart (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    A word to my fellow Porsche enthusiates from 356 Registry. Either remove roll bar for street use or use a helmet!! Roll bars installed in 356s that are driven on the street, while looking cool, do raise the question of occupant safety, but perhaps not in the obvious way. Yes, they can prevent the roof from collapsing in unlikely rollover accident, but they can also inflict lethal head injuries in more typical and much more frequent accidents like rear enders and a hit from either side, since they are located close to the occupants heads and 356 seats are very low compared to modern cars.
    In a real car wreck the head makes incredible and violent excursions off axis from its natural position. This means that if you do not have a helmet on, a roll bar is very likely to crush your skull. It's just physics. One can see roll bar shaped dents in a helmet after a racing crash. See full article in 356 Registry

  • Wheedoggie 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $43,356

  • opnielsen 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $42,000

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 3 daysago

    @Ed317 There are only one or two drops of oil if the car sits but I wanted to disclose any defects on the car.

  • cpr4500 1 week, 3 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $40,000

  • Ed317 (registered bidder) 1 week, 3 daysago

    Did you address why it leaks oil on such a recent rebuild of the motor?

  • Ed317 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $30,000

  • Beartooth 1 week, 4 daysago

    Very nicely done and the more I look the more I like it!

  • GJSPINELLA 1 week, 4 daysago

    Have personally seen this car and all cars in his collection. He spares no expense and the constant care and attention to the most minute detail on his vehicles are second to none. Bid with confidence you will be more than pleased if you're so fortunate to have this one in your garage.

  • Wheedoggie 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $23,356

  • Ed317 1 week, 4 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $20,000

  • Rowej 1 week, 4 daysago

    Awesome job with the details on putting this car together. Should be a strong price.

  • Neverenough (registered bidder) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @45Porsche45 Thanks. How about the oil leaks? If only a couple hundred miles on rebuilt engine why would there be oil leaks.

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 4 daysago

    @Neverenough I'm really not sure how the heat system works so I can't say for sure weather the exhaust system would be included in the heater, sorry.

  • Neverenough (registered bidder) 1 week, 4 daysago

    If exchangers are added does the exhaust have to be modified?

  • 45Porsche45 (seller) 1 week, 5 daysago

    All of the vents remain for the heater it's just the exchanger that would need to be added.

  • Craignyc (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    Usually its just the heat exchanger that has been removed and its easy enough to put one in.

  • Neverenough (registered bidder) 1 week, 5 daysago

    Seller
    You mention no heat. Has everything been removed or can the heat be easily recommissioned? What would be involved?

  • Wheedoggie 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $15,000

  • MrRdStr 1 week, 5 daysago

    Bid in the amount of $10,000

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1961 Porsche 356B Coupe Custom
Final bid: $92,000 This auction has ended.