1961 356 B T5 Coupe / Older Restoration / Drives Great / Solid / Low Reserve

Price: US $45,100.00 Item location: West Bloomfield, Michigan, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 356
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: T5 B Coupe
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 99,999
  • VIN: 117456
  • Color: Ruby Red
  • Engine size: 1600
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Red
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1961 Porsche 356

1961 Porsche 356 B Coupe VIN / Chassis Number: 117456 Older restoration Solid floors, ittle rust Fresh professional maintenance service Clean, ot smoked in Starts, tops, uns and drives nicely

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Model year: 1961

Type: B

Style: Coupe

Coachbuilder: Reutter

Beginning Chassis #: 114651

End Chassis Number: 117476

History and restoration:

· Purchased by current owner/seller at Iowa farm auction; October, 984

·Less than 30,647 miles indicated at time of purchase. Actual mileage was unknown.

· Stripped to bare metal and fully refinished on exterior; Spring, 985

· Engine professionally rebuilt; May, 985

· Driven to several 356 Registry Holidays

· Just completed maintenance service at Stalltek Porsche specialists; November 2015

· Receipts for all work since 1984

·Less than 53,080 miles indicated now. Actual mileage is unknown.


Originally Color Code 741 Slate Gray, er hinge cover tag and dash face

· Color change to Ruby Red by previous owner

· Restored and fully repainted by the owner/driver, 999-2005

· Now a nearly rust-free car with proper-fitting trim

· Original hood and rear lid, oth stamped “456” matching chassis number

· Good panel fits

· Doors, ood and deck lid close easily

· Front and rear lid supports operate as-new

· Weatherstrips all in good condition

· All original glass with manufacturer’s marks is in good condition

· Bright trim 100% complete

· Horn grilles are bright and fit well

· Bumper and rocker trims are complete


Original color not documented, robably red leatherette

· Now red vinyl interior

· Seats slide and latch easily

· Recliners latch correctly

· Original VDM steering wheel with leather cover

· Wood shift knob

· Red carpet

· Good, riginal-type headliner

· Correct sun visors

· Inside mirror in good condition

· Glove box door fits well

· Wide lap belts properly fitted

· Working speakers in original location

· No wind noise or other noise concerns when driving

· Not smoked in. No odor concerns.


Now Engine Number 73142

· Correct type 616/1, 600 normal from 1959 356A

· Case halves and third piece all stamped “215” and matching

· Bosch VJR4 BR18 distributor

· Points and condenser ignition

· Blue coil

· Just tuned up; November, 015

· Noise-free

· Turns over easily, tarts promptly

· Correct Zenith 32 NDIX carburetors, orrectly adjusted; November, 015

· Correct Bosch generator and voltage regulator

· Bursch-style single exhaust

· Fuel tank is clean and rust-free

· New metal fuel filter added

· Steady 600 RPM idle

· Pulls smoothly and runs cool


Transmission Number 47763, ype 741/0

· Dated “8 1” (August 1961)

· Correct type for the car. It may be original.

· New split-type axle boots, ovember, 015

· New gear oil; December, 015

· Shifts easily through all gears, p and down

· Linkage and clutch properly adjusted

Suspension, rakes, teering:

· Dual circuit master cylinder installed; November, 015

· Drum brakes fully rebuilt

· All wheel cylinders new

· Correct steel brake lines and rubber hoses

· Parking brake correctly adjusted and fully working

· Kumho Power Star steel belted radial tires 165/80 R15 87T with ¾ tread remaining

· Lemmerz original chrome wheels, ate stamped “2 59”

· Gabriel shocks

· Drives as it should. Tracks straight.

· Steering wheel is level when driving straight. Tires wearing evenly.

· No rattles or other concerns

· Brakes straight with no pulling

All the rest:

· 6 volt electrical system

· New conventional battery; November, 015

· Blaupunkt multiband radio

· “Stealth” antenna on right front floor. See photo

· Radio works OK on FM

· Speakers sound OK

· All gauges function properly

· Speedometer is accurate compared with GPS

· Sealed beam headlights

· Headlights, aillights, rake lights and turn signals all operate

· Reverse light works correctly

· Turn signals self-cancel properly

· Windshield wipers work

· Windshield washer system is completely intact

· Heater controls work

· No engine oil smell inside car when heater is on

· Always garaged

Also included:

· Clear title

· Spare wheel with vintage Uniroyal radial tire

· Correct Bilstein jack and lever

· Large color poster announcing the 1984 auction of this car

· All receipts for claimed repairs and maintenance since 1984

· 20+ photos showing 1985 paint restoration

· Autobooks Porsche 356 Technical Manual

· Two ignition keys, ne on original blank

· 356 Motor Cities Gruppe grille badge

· Fitted car cover with storage bag

· Travel tools (non-Porsche)

Spare parts included:

· Small box of miscellaneous parts, ome new

· Oil filters

· Oil sump gaskets

· Shoulder belts matching wide lap belts

· Working tachometer

· Bumper overrider

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away”- Tom Waits:

Please remember, his is a used car, hich, s nice as it may be, s not perfect. I strive to deliver accurate descriptions, ut it is possible to miss small deficiencies and will not be held liable for these minor misnomers. This vehicle is sold AS IS/WHERE IS and comes with no warranties, xpressed or implied, hatsoever.

Known issues:

· Note: Clear title lists model year as 1962, owever chassis number is 1961 model year. This should present no problems registering the car, ut the title is not correct.

·Less than 53,080 miles indicated. Actual mileage is unknown.

· Older restoration shows wear from 30 years of enthusiast use

· Paint is bubbling along both door bottoms. See photos

· Few chips and marks in paint around the car including valance below front bumper, op of left fender. See photos

· Small, oft dings in paint on left door, eft quarter panel, ight quarter panel

· Few nicks in trim on bumpers, ockers, indows

· Some chrome trim pitted, ncluding wheels, indow frames and reflectors

· One rust-through area on right front frame strut, ehind torsion bar mount

· Battery box and both front outer wheel wells repaired in 1985

· Light surface rust under car

· Sway bar bushings coming apart, hould be replaced

· Motor mounts very soft, hould be replaced

· Carb heater system is incomplete

· Some noise from ring and pinion on acceleration. Not bad, ut audible.

· All glass has few marks and scratches

· Windshield washers have not been tested

· Non-standard seat covers and carpet

· Tool kit and owner’s manual missing

· Spare tire hold-down and strap are not correct

· Battery cover missing

· Steering gear leaking oil slightly

· All parts included are as-is, ith no warranties

Not included:

· Porsche Certificate of Authenticity, orry


Pre-purchase inspection is welcomed. Please contact me through “Ask seller a question” to arrange inspection and for any additional information.

Offered with realistic reserve. There is no “buy-it-now” price. Car will be sold to high bidder above reserve.


Buyer is responsible for vehicle pickup or shipping. Loose items will be inside car for shipping.

Other Terms:

$1000.00 deposit required within 48 hours of auction close.

PayPal accepted for deposit, nly.

Payment methods accepted:

-Wire transfer in US funds.

-Cashier's Check (certified from US or Canadian bank) or money order.

-Cash (in person).

PayPal not accepted for full purchase payment.

Vehicle and title will be released to the buyer only after funds clear. There will be no exceptions.

Bid with confidence! See my overwhelmingly positive feedback.

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