1962 Porsche 356B

The Porsche 356, the work of Ferry Porsche, was based on the Volkswagen designed by his father - Dr. Ferdinand Porsche - and employed a platform-type chassis with rear-mounted air-cooled engine and all-independent torsion bar suspension. Following a short run of aluminum-bodied cars built at Gmünd, Porsche began volume production of the steel-bodied 356 coupes at its old factory in Stuttgart, initially in premises shared with coachbuilders Reutter and then (from 1955) in its original factory at Zuffenhausen.

The Porsche 356 was introduced in 1948 and quickly set the standard for small sports car production and proved competitive and adaptable to all forms of motorsports including rallying and circuit racing. Shortly after its introduction, in 1951, a works car finished first in the 1,100cc class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, thus beginning the company's long and illustrious association with La Sarthe.

Serious efforts in international rallying were not undertaken by the Porsche factory until the arrival of the 911, however, privateers proved very competitive with the 356, especially in the four-cam Carrera form. Early successes included private entrants Helmut Polensky and Walter Schluter's victory in the 1952 Liège-Rome-Liège Rally and the same duo's European Touring Championship the following year. As late as 1961, the Porsche 356 earned works-assisted privateer Hans Walter the European Rally Championship.

Continual development saw the 356's engine grow to 1.3 and then to 1.5 liters, and a Porsche synchromesh gearbox adopted. The original split windscreen was replaced by a one-piece unit, and in 1955 came the arrival of the restyled 356A distinguished by its curved windscreen and 15-inch wheels (reduced from 16-inch). Many additional styling revisions differential the 356B of 1959 form its immediate predecessor while the now standardized 1600cc engine was available in three different stages of tune, with the most powerful being the 90 horsepower unit of the Super 90 (not including the four-cam Carrera).

In late-1954, the U.S. importer of Porsche (Max Hoffman) convinced the factory to build a minimalistic, stripped-down roadster version. It became known as the Speedster and quickly proved that there was a larger market for individuals seeking a responsive, simple, performance automobile that offered reasonable weather protection and comfort. Porsche responded in 1959 with the Convertible D that was essentially a Speedster with roll-up windows, a taller windshield, and seats that more comfortable seats.

The new T-5 body style was introduced for the 1960 model with the comprehensive redesign focusing on ride comfort, handling, refinement, and more powerful engine options. A new Roadster model replaced the Convertible D, which was the more refined successor of the Speedster. External changes included raised headlights and bumpers, and a hood that was made flatter with a large chrome handle, and instead of the 'wave' design of the Pre-A and A models, the front-end sheet metal now had a smooth curve from side to side. Technical upgrades included finned drum brakes, improved shifting linkage, and steering box.

The T-6 body type followed in 1962 and bodywork production for the Roadster model was transferred from Drauz to coachbuilder D'Ieteren Frères in Belgium with revisions including a gas cap on the right-side fender, twin grilles on the engine cover, larger rear window, and a more squared-off hood.

Production of the Type 356B continued from 1960 through 1963, followed by the 365 C of 1964 and 1965. By the time production of the Type 356 came to an end in April of 1965, over 70,000 examples had been built.

Carrera Porsche
The Porsche 356 Carera was introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show and came equipped with a special race-bred engine in development since 1952. It was the work of Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann who tuned the classic Porsche flat-four motor to achieve its greatest performance potential, making fundamental engineering adjustments over the basic pushrod engine along the way. These modifications included the addition of two twin-throat carburetors, twin ignition, dry-sump lubrication, and dual-cam valve actuation.

The dual-cam engine was originally positioned for use in the 550 Spyder racecars but eventually installed into 356-based road cars becoming known as the Carrera, which was named for the famously grueling Mexican road race at which Porsche had dominated the 2-liter class.

In September of 1961, the original dual-cam motor was endowed with an enlarged displacement to two liters resulting in more power, and reclassified as the Type 587/1, resulting in the fastest Porsche road car to date. The new Carrera was given disc brakes all around, and it was the first Porsche road car to be so equipped.

The Carrera 2 was introduced for the 1962 model year, internally coded GS 2000, and wore Reutter's twin rear-grille T-6 body style that was nearly identical to the standard pushrod 356B except for the dual exhausts that emerged from a distinctive apron under the rear bumper valance. Total production of the Carrera 2 reached approximately 310 examples.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2020

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1962 Vehicle Profiles

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

In 1962 the 356B model received changes that came to be known collectively as the T6 modifications, involving the addition of twin engine cover grilles, an external gas filler lid on the right front fender and larger windows. A unique new T6 model br....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Roadster

The 1962 356B Twin-Grille Roadster represents the culmination of an idea that began in 1954 when Porsche unveiled the 356 Speedster. Lightweight and relatively inexpensive, the Speedster was Porsche's entry-level model, foregoing such niceties as a ....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 120613
Engine Num: 97203

The Carrera named bestowed to Porsche automobiles was in honor of the rugged Carrera Panamericana Mexican road race. The Carrera was more than just a name; they signified a race-bred version of Porsche's flat-four engine devised by Dr. Ernst Fuhrmann....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

1962 was the first year of the 356B Carrera 2000GS and this one was one of 27 of the 310 built in total that came with an electric sun roof. Reutter was contracted to build the steel bodies - 4092 coupes were built by them in 1962 - though they soon ....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 121716

This 1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2000 GS Coupe has serial number 121716. It was originally delivered to a European destination but was imported to California in the mid 1960s.....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 156083
Engine Num: 700964

This Porsche 356B Super Cabriolet was built on December 14th of 1961. It was delivered new to Hoffman Motors in New York. The car wears black paint over a red leather interior with correct German square-weave carpets, Coco mats and headrests. The car....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

Built in June of 1962 - one of 103 cars in this sub-series - the Carrera 2 GS 2000 cars are narrowly focused production road racers capable of everyday driving. The Type 578 engine, a specially reworked racing Type 547 2-liter, had to be hardy enough....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 155816
Engine Num: 700659

The 1600 Super was a high-performance option to the regular 1600. They had 15 more horsepower with larger valves and increased compression, resulting in greater performance. They had the T6 body style with twin-engine grilles on the deck lid, and an ....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 120995
Engine Num: 97062

This Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Coupe Sunroof Coupe was first sold to Jean Zuberer of Geneva, Switzerland. It eventually made its way to California, where it was put into storage. Around 2000, it was purchased by Neil Goldberg of Troy, Michigan, who perfo....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 89665
Engine Num: 804499

The Porsche 356 B Roadster was the final evolution of the Speedster, which was replaced by the Drauz-built Convertible D in 1959. Drauz later handed over some of the Roadster production to Porsche's Belgian distributor, D'Ieteren Freres. The cars pro....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Coupe

This particular 356B Carrera 2 Coupe is one of only 310 built. It was completed in July of 1962 and was one of the first 50 to be sold. It was originally painted ruby red with a black leatherette interior and seats with grey corduroy inserts. It is o....[continue reading]

1962 Porsche 356B vehicle information

Cabriolet

Chassis Num: 157138
Engine Num: 802965

The Porsche 356B was produced from 1960 through 1963, initially in T5 form, and then in its final transformation with the Type 6 body in 1963. ....[continue reading]

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Roadster
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 120613 
Coupe
 
Coupe
Chassis #: 121716 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 156083 
Coupe
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 155816 
Coupe
Chassis #: 120995 
Roadster
Chassis #: 89665 
Coupe
 
Cabriolet
Chassis #: 157138 

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Model Year Production

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1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)
1966Ford (2,212,415)Chevrolet (2,206,639)Volkswagen (1,168,146)
1965Chevrolet (2,375,118)Ford (2,170,795)Volkswagen (1,174,687)1,688
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)5,759
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)7,559
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)7,559
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)4,681
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,201
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)5,241

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