The 1960 Porsche 356B marked the third-generation of the Porsche 356 lineup and featured a number of appearance changes. The bumpers were raised approximately four inches in both the front and the rear, with a different shape and large vertical bumper guards. Headlights were also raised, making the fender line almost horizontal from the cowl to the headlight rim. When comparing the 356B to the previous 356A models, you’ll also notice that a horn grill above the bumper and a brake-cooling grille below the bumper were added. Mechanically, the 356B’s brake drums now had radial fins instead of circumferential fins and the transmission was changed to a Type 741 with a different shifter. Interestingly, the first 1960 356B models used a single front transmission mount, which did not support the engine enough. After approximately 3,000 cars, Porsche reverted back to the double-mount system that had been used on the 356A models. These are just a few of the identifying feature of the 1960 356B. The Porsche 356B Roadster models are perhaps the most sought-after of this particular generation, while the Coupes are the more readily available.
The most important part of purchasing a 1960 Porsche 356B is ensuring that you find a model that meets your needs and expectations. If you’re looking for a pristine, fully-restored Porsche 356B, you’ll want to ask for complete restoration records, ownership history, and any other items that will give you confidence in the restoration that was done to the car. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quality example to undertake your own restoration, you’ll want to look for the most complete, rust-free example you can find. Doing this can save you thousands in restoration costs, which can be costly for these classic Porsche models. Because these models received little to no rust protection, it is also vitally important to ensure you understand the extent of any rust damage. This can be uncovered during a pre-purchase inspection with a Porsche mechanic that specializes in classic autos.
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