The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 52
1963 Porsche 356B/1600 S Coupe

Selling on Friday

1963 Porsche 356B/1600 S Coupe

• A highly desirable year for a 356 Coupe
• Solid body panels throughout
• Nicely maintained interior looks bone stock
• Ready to enjoy now or could be concours restored

1,582cc air-cooled flat four-cylinder engine, 75 HP, twin Solex 32 NDIX carburetors, parallel trailing arms front suspension with laminated torsion bars, rear swing axles with transverse torsion bars, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 82.7

The American fascination with Porsches took off when importer Max Hoffman brought 15 special roadsters to the United States in 1954. In 1959, the Reutter-bodied Roadster was replaced by the sophisticated Convertible D, which boasted a taller windshield, windup windows, and a top that fit better and didnt give the impression of peering out of a mailbox. The 356B Coupe we are representing today has even more creature comforts, with 15-inch wheels, improved suspension, and a revised slope to the hood. Headlights are on top of the fenders, with amber parking lights below them, and brake vents below the bumper.

Presented in handsome red paint, there have been recent improvements to the paint with much restoration complete and little else to prevent a proper finishing. The body panels are very solid, the panel fit is excellent, and there isnt any major corrosion or damage evident. The chrome and trim looks very good, and the car has a proper stance and looks ready to roll. It provides the new owner with plenty of options for enjoying the car, and the choice of simply driving it in its current condition or taking it back to new with a total restoration.

The interior remains in fine condition, with excellent vinyl bucket seats and clean square-weave carpets. The gauge faces appear original and were refinished to new appearance. This example was built as a radio delete car, with many original components including the steering wheel. The car has a great stance, starts readily, and would make a great driver with very little effort. The engine compartment is workmanlike and gives the impression of a car that was certainly enjoyed and driven for fun for many years, and the consignor reports recent transmission and brake service was performed.

If you are interested in a 356 for your collection, this fine example appears largely original and would immediately make a great driver, or an excellent starting point for a concours restoration of this important Porsche.

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