The first real appearance changes to be seen on the Porsche 356 would come during the third generation release in 1959. The 1959 Porsche 356B would feature bumpers that were raised approximately four inches in both the front and rear, with a different shape and large vertical bumper guards. Headlights were also raised and the fender line was now almost horizontal from the cowl to the headlight rim. A horn grille above the bumper and a brake-cooling grill below the bumper were also standard. This new body style would become known as the T-5. The hood would be flatter, with a massive chrome handle replacing the polished aluminum one previously used on the Pre-A and 356A models. These are just a few of the changes that can help you identify a third-generation Porsche 356B. More than 7,000 units of the 1959 Porsche 356B would roll off the production floor in Germany and were available as a Coupe, Cabriolet or Cabriolet D.
If you’re thinking about buying a 1959 Porsche 356B, you’ll find that the Coupe models are the most readily available in the Porsche classic market today, as they made up the majority of production during 1959. Always be sure to check the authenticity of any potential purchase by comparing engine and chassis numbers with Porsche records. It is also advised to have a pre-purchase inspection performed with a credible Porsche mechanic that can help you point out areas of concern such as areas of corrosion or repairs that were not done correctly. You’ll also want to find the most complete example of the Porsche 356 that you can, as these cars can be quite costly to restore.
Owning a 1959 Porsche 356B or any Porsche 356 model can be one of the most rewarding collector’s experiences. Whether you’re looking for a 356 that is ready to be enjoyed on the street today or would like a project that you can work on and restore yourself, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club can help you find the model you desire. From barn finds to pristine, showroom quality examples, let their team be your guide to buying a 1959 Porsche 356B. They look forward to hearing from you and to sharing their knowledge and expertise with you. Connect today to get started!
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