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Introduced at Frankfurt in September 1959, the new 356 B ushered in the updated T-5 body style and a veritable multitude of finely detailed improvements, marking a further step in the careful yet relentless evolution of Porsche’s cornerstone 356-series models. The many updates heralded by the 356 B were far more than skin deep, however. As stated by Ferry Porsche in the pages of Christophorus, Porsche’s official magazine, “When we do change something, we don’t just make small alterations, following the dictates of fashion.” Continuing, he said “…our refinements – and sometimes these are very numerous – are very often invisible ones. The engine, the road-holding, the safety, and the driving comfort: these things above all are the goal towards which we strive.”
In 1962, the 356 B was updated to the celebrated ‘T-6’ body style, which continued in use through the end of the 356 production run just a few years later in 1965. Among the many updates heralded by the T-6 body style, the hood opening was now squared off up front, the fuel-filler cap was relocated, the rear decklid/engine cover now featured twin grilles for enhanced cooling, and the windshield was enlarged to provide new fresh-air vents promoting improve airflow inside the car. While quite popular among Porsche’s enthusiastic and growing customer base, production of 356 B ‘T6’ Cabriolets for 1962-63 reached just 3,100 units.
This 1962 Porsche 356 B Cabriolet features the definitive ‘T6’ body style and it is a highly desirable two-owner vehicle from new. The original owner, a New York physician, enjoyed it for many years as his daily driver and upon his eventual passing, the family offered the car for sale. Its unique and very handsome color combination captivated the Consignor and induced him to purchase the classic Porsche. The original owner had already commissioned an extensive restoration including the interior and mechanicals, as well as some exterior work. The second owner took the vehicle’s preservation even further, stripping the body down to bare metal and repairing the body as required with new metal. The paintwork is virtually flawless BASF Bali Blue, complemented by a new cabriolet top and interior. Best of all, this highly desirable ‘T6’ Porsche 356 B Cabriolet is an original numbers matching vehicle, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued by Porsche, and complete with a tool kit, jack and wrench, original owner’s manual, and spare tire. As such, it is a great classic Porsche find on so many possible levels!