1960 Porsche 356 B 1600
This is a 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 ‘Normal’.
VIN #: 108970
Engine #: 600122
Build date: September 30, 1959
We are excited to present this 1960 Porsche 356 B 1600 California ‘Barn Find’. An all numbers matching discovery out of Central California, which was stored in a hot and dry climate and indoors for many years.
This 356 will be available shortly on Bring A Trailer Auctions, contact us for information regarding the bidding process.
According to the Porsche Certificate
of Authenticity, the original color is Condor Yellow, which was a non-standard
special-order color, over black leatherette interior. Wearing its
original black California license plate, front and rear, with registration running
through July of 2020 – this is a truly special California 356.
Documented as the 52nd 356 B produced and the 2nd oldest car listed in the
Registry database. The #600122
engine number indicates that it was the 22nd 1600 ‘Normal’ B engine built.
When acquired by the current owner, the car was cosmetically in pieces. Over a 6-month period, the car has been brought back to running condition as evident by our walk around video and test drive. The car is primarily rust free and all around very solid, making it an excellent candidate for full restoration.
While the car was apart, photographs of the internal body stampings were taken and included in our gallery, showing ‘970’ on the hood and other body parts.
ONLY ORIGINAL ONCE
Originality is the key to this car with many superior qualities such as its OEM battery box, date stamped (8/59) gas tank, factory floors & undercoating, longitudinals, and its original transmission. The factory doors, hood and decklid gaps are refreshingly excellent.
Hood has never been ‘kinked’ and all original Sigla brand glass installed. Also installed are the early factory wire mesh style air cleaners and the shroud still wears its original factory black paint.
Tires are Goodyear G-Metric radials and are dated from 199X, which are currently not roadworthy. Original hubcaps have been lost through the years and now wearing aftermarket “Super” style crested caps. Wears 8/58 date stamped 4 1/2 factory chrome rims, again, with light surface rust.
Car is presented with its original glovebox and antenna keys, factory owner’s manual, and only missing the factory radio.
Verbal records state that the car was most likely painted in the late 1980’s to bare metal with the windows out. Currently finished in a dull and thinly painted medium metallic blue with the water based clear coat that has failed over most surfaces.
Luckily, the dash was sanded
but not taken to bare metal, so its blue paint was carefully removed to reveal the original Condor Yellow factory paint.
All lights – headlights, turn signals, reverse and brake are intact and functional. The interior is complete with what appears to be the original headliner intact, sun visors, carpet and seats – all displaying wonderful patina.
Transmission shifts smoothly and noiselessly, even downshifting into 1st from 2nd whilst moving. Engine shows some sputtering cold and even at operating temperature, which would need to be further investigated.
The following was completed by the current owner:
· New Brake system, complete, shoes, lines etc.
· Fuel System renewed: Tank out and cleaned, painted and reinstalled with fuel petcock rebuilt
· Fuel pump rebuilt and soft gas lines renewed
· Dual Zenith 32mm Carburetors rebuilt
· Oil changed with Swepco 20-50
· Valves adjusted
· New Beru cap-rotor-wire loom
· Correct Bosch plugs installed
· Converted to 12-volt system with sealed battery
· All factory ‘seems’ in front fender wells and under rear quarter panels, cleaned and resealed with 3M Seam Sealer, then new under coat applied to just these areas
We invite you to inspect this rare opportunity to own a piece of Porsche history forged in California. The story of this car has not been finished, looking for the next caretaker to finish what others have unearthed.
Over 100 photos are on file along with multiple videos showing the car in its entirely, from start up to undercarriage. Please do not hesitate to reach out and speak to us about this car.
All inspections welcome. We ship worldwide.
Contact us at 831.373.3131 day or evening.