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The Porsche 356B T5 was announced at the 1959 Frankfurt Motor Showand further enhanced Porsche's reputation as builders of the finest small capacity sports cars, continuing the huge commercial success of its predecessors. Handling, ride and refinement were improved from the earlier cars, as well as the addition of a more powerful 90bhp 1600cc engine to the range, a higher nose, more vertical headlamp lenses and raised front winglets - all of which upped the original cars' appeal and firmly established it as by far the best car in its class. Prior to the launch of the 356C in 1963, the 356B with the T6 body was announced in 1962, with the twin air vents, larger rear window, and the facelift to the front of the car with the wider lower edge to the bonnet.
This beautifully presented, very usable example is a Black plate California car that has been well kept over the years. The car retains its original interior with the front seats recovered in black hide, original door cards, headlining and electric sunroof. It is probable that the engine has been tweaked, as it is very responsive and with the wider wheels and negative camber kit to the rear, it also handles particularly well. It would be very well suited to use on European Rallies or Tours.
Since arriving from California the Porsche has been subject of some general re-commissioning work and body restoration. In the region of £10,000 has been spent on the car, major work being replacing floor pans, sill supports, and jacking point supports. The underside has then been treated to careful waxoyl protection and therefore presents very well from the underside. The recent mechanical work includes new anti-roll bar bushes, various new fuel pipes, brake drums removed, checked and skimmed and the engine and gearbox serviced.
The Porsche presents very nicely with straight panels, nicely aged bright paintwork and good chrome. The underside having recently had major restoration work looks superb and the interior has aged well. We will be replacing the headlining as part of our pre-sale work programme and the 356 will also be going through our workshop for some more detailed preparation. The Porsche has arrived with us driving superbly, it has been driven to and from our workshops for its pre-sales check and it performed superbly with impressive performance from the engine and the four-speed gearbox is perfect with excellent synchromesh. Handling as stated is excellent and the car is great fun to drive. If the Porsche stays in the UK, it will be UK registered on behalf of the next owner, paperwork is ready for an export sale.