1959 Porsche 356

Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    10/1959
  • Mileage 
    1 349 km / 839 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Ruby Red
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior brand colour 
    Leatherette
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    75 PS / 56 kW / 74 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Kardex available
Recent full restoration
Matching colors
Unique hardtop!
Soft top in new condition included

The Roadster

In '54 the first special open Porsche came on the market called Speedster. In 1958 it was replaced by the more civilized Convertible D, which had a larger windshield and side windows that could be opened and closed.

With the launch of the 356 B in '59, the car again received a different windshield and 15" wheels. Along with different styling, the 1,582cc engine came as standard with a choice of 3 performance levels 60; 75 and 90hp. It was also renamed the Roadster.

The 356 B drives a lot better and offers a lot more comfort compared to the previous models and remains to this day a great way to experience Porsche standards. Fast, reliable and robust!

This 356 Roadster

According to the Porsche Kardex, chassis number '8694*' was delivered new in 1959 through Porsche Car Import in Northbrook Illionois! It was sold in a deep red called RubinRot or ruby red with a black leatherette interior, exactly as it looks today. During its more than 60-year life, a correct replacement engine was fitted.

The Roadster came to Europe in 2013 via the UK after which it underwent a complete restoration. The car was repainted in its original Ruby Red; the mechanics were addressed and completely overhauled. The current owner bought the car when the restoration was already in a late stage and had the interior trim finished by another specialist; called De Geet.

This 75hp powerful example is a beautiful classic that can be driven open or closed thanks to its hardtop. The limited production numbers, light bodywork combined with the powerful engine and rare hardtop make this Roadster a unique & interesting 356!

Today the car has a Belgian registration.

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