1961 Porsche 356B T5 1600 Super
An exceptionally restored and rare example of the 150 or so original RHD Porsche 356 made.
The AFN Kardex confirms that chassis no. 115347 was built by Reutter in April 1961 as a 356B T5 1600 Super. Finished in Slate Grey with a red interior the car was subsequently delivered to the Edinburgh dealer, John Croall who most likely used it as their demonstrator.
Little is known of its early movements until it appeared 14 years later in Peter Mitchells famous photograph, ‘Kingston Racing Motors, Sunday, Spring 1975, 4pm Olinda Terrace, Leeds’. It appeared to have been blown over in primer and had evidently led a hard life! (Peter Mitchells hard back book forms part of the history and is widely regarded today as a landmark publication in the early history of British colour documentary photography).
The car embarked on the next stage of its history in the early eighties, by which time it had been acquired by the music promoter Geoff Jukes who managed Kate Bush, Bob Geldof, Underworld and a number of other notable British musicians and bands. Subsequently restored by Jukes in the late 1990’s in Germany whereupon it was purchased and repatriated a little later by its current owner, a well-known UK motoring enthusiast and journalist.
After using the car for a few years, it became apparent that further works would be necessary and it was deemed sensible at this stage to undertake a complete restoration. The 356 was stripped back to bare metal and was completely rebuilt to its original factory specification including the removal and total overhaul of both the engine and gearbox.
With matching numbers and a photographically documented restoration with recent invoices exceeding £70,000, it now represents an exceptional example of the 150 or so surviving RHD 356’s.
Please contact me to discuss further details and it will be a pleasure to help answer any questions you may have.
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