The 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe and Cabriolet were the last installments of the T-5 body type before mid-1962 when Porsche would change to the new T-6 body type. The T-5 Porsche 356B can be identified by the inclusion of quarter lights in the doors and a change in body shape. The front end, when compared to the previous 356A models, also offered a smooth curve from side to side, instead of a wave as on the Pre-A and 356A models. The headlights were also raised and the front fenders made almost a straight line from the windshield posts to the headlights. Other changes included higher bumpers that added more weight and incorporated the number plate lights. These are just a few of the characteristics you can look for to validate that you are indeed looking at a 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe. Its fixed steel roof, of course, characterizes the Coupe. Today, the Coupe models are a bit easier to find than the Cabriolet models, simply because of the production numbers during the era. In total, approximately 5,824 examples of the 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe were manufactured.
Owning a Porsche 356 can be a fun experience, but it is important to remember that it is an old car with many interesting attributes. While it is enjoyable to drive, not all models are ideal for everyday drivers. If you’re interested in buying a 1961 Porsche 356B Coupe as a part-time or everyday driver, you may want to consider a model that has been restored but is no longer is show quality. On the other hand, if you were interested in a classic Porsche as your next restoration project, you’d want to consider examples that have little rust and are as complete as possible. Many of the components for the 356B such as bumpers and body panels can be quite difficult to find and are quite expensive. Finding the most complete example of the 1961 Porsche 356B will save you thousands in restoration costs. Lastly, as will all classic cars, be sure to have a third party, pre-purchase inspection performed to ensure you understand the intricacies of the car you’re purchasing.
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