1961 Porsche 356

B CARRERA GT

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1961
  • Mileage 
    33 804 mi / 54 403 km
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    115378
  • Engine number 
    96019 (now 95112)
  • Competition car 
    Yes
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Silver
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Chassis 115378 is one of 40 T5 Carrera GT's made by Porsche and left the factory in March 1961. It is one of only three made in RHD and is a rare factory version of the four cam Carrera. It raced in period at the Macau Grand Prix and is the only known right hand drive example left in existence.

The car was sold by Hong Kong importer Jebsen & Co to its first owner Mr. David Luk. The car was raced at the 1961 Macau Grand Prix, which at the time was a three hour Formula Libre event that allowed a wide range of cars to compete. It was driven by Heinz Gosslar, a Jebsen employee, to 3rd place behind a Lotus 15 and a Jaguar E-Type.

After the Macau GP, the car was purchased by Dr. Henry Lee, a Hong Kong resident, who owned the car for four years and competed with it in several local races. In 1965 he sold the car and the next owner had a new 1600cc SC pushrod motor installed by Jebsen.

Hong Kong registration records show the car changing hands several times in the mid 1980s until ending up with Mr. Yeung Wai Kim, the owner of small air-conditioning business. By this time it was in a stripped non-running condition.

The car was discovered by its current owner in 1993 quite by chance. While accompanying a friend who was having his Porsche’s air-conditioning repaired he noticed a disassembled 356 cabriolet under a pile of cardboard boxes. A number of tell-tale signs indicated the chassis was something special. After checking with Porsche in Germany and confirming its identity as a Carrera GT coupe, a deal was struck and the car was disinterred and transported back to the owner’s home in Austria.

The restoration of the car did not begin in earnest until 2004 when Carrozeria Tiziano Serratini of Bologna, famed for their work on 356s, were commissioned to return the body to its original form. The completed body was then sent to Arno Reinbacher in Austria who built the car up into its final restored state. The restoration was completed in 2016 and the car has only had shakedown mileage since.